The Austin chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has a whole slate of events set up for Mental Health Awareness Month in May, including Nerd Nite at the North Door on May 5 and Testify Austin event at the Spider House Ballroom on May 31.
But sometimes you just need a cupcake. Or a cookie.
That’s why NAMI Austin is expanding its Depressed Cake Shop idea to include seven bakeries all over the city: Sweetish Hill Bakery, Dream Bakery, Cupprimo, Fat Cats, Skull & Cakebones, Sweet Treats and Zucchini Kill. All month, these bakeries will sell baked goods that are cute, funny, sad, uplifting, honest and just OK to represent the many emotions we all go through every day and to remind us that we aren’t alone in feeling them.
Most of the treats will have an element of gray “to signify the gray cloud that can descend over a beautiful world when someone is struggling with mental health issues. Bright colors inside the dessert represent the hope that always continues,” according to a release.
These events are “designed to educate, entertain, and encourage the community to change the mental health conversation,” says Karen Ranus, NAMI Austin Executive Director.
You can find out more about NAMI’s events this month at namiaustin.org/depressed-cake-shop.