September 27, 2022


Health & Fitness

Depressed Cake Shop Portland creating community around baking and mental health

Depressed Cake Shop Portland creating community around baking and mental health

Depressed Cake Shop Portland is hosting a pop-up on Sunday to raise money for Baby Blues Connection, a nonprofit that helps support people going through mental health struggles while pregnant or after giving birth.

Depressed Cake Shop is a nationwide organization that holds pop-ups to create a sense of community around baking.

“There’s a lot of research that says that baking is good for your mental health,” said Angie Fitzpatrick, executive director of Baby Blues Connection. “That kind of sense of completion — a start and a stop to something, baking for someone else — creating a sense of well-being.”

The pop-ups have an overarching theme of de-stigmatizing conversations surrounding mental health. The bakers who provide the treats are asked to incorporate a gray color, to represent depression, and a pop of color to represent hope.

Fitzpatrick said almost all the treats, save for some done by the child bakers, follow this theme. (But the kiddos get a pass).

The pop-up will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at Opal 28, at 510 N.E. 28th Ave. Portland from 1-3 p.m.

It be full of treats. Fitzpatrick said when people walk in, they will be given a box and can walk around and fill the box with treats from different bakers. There will be vegan treats and gluten-free treats, and she said the treats and bakers change from pop-up to pop-up.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to benefit Baby Blues Connection.

“I think that is really important because there’s such a stigma around mental health, especially when you just welcome a child, like you’re supposed to feel super happy and super blessed and all just in love with your baby and that happens for a lot of people,” Fitzpatrick said. “But for some people, it just doesn’t, and then they feel a sense of guilt.”

She said the pop-up hopes to stimulate conversations around mental health in a neutral way, from depression to postpartum.

“We understand,” she said. “And that you can come to us no matter what, no matter what you’re feeling, we would be a safe place that you could say that.”

Nearly 200 people have RSVP’d for the event, and Fitzpatrick said they’re usually quite popular. This is the first year since the pandemic that the pop-up is back to “normal,” allowing people in and to choose their own treats. The event itself is free for those who just want to swing by and peruse.

To be a volunteer or baker for a future event, message Depressed Cake Shop Portland on Facebook or Instagram.

— Destiny Johnson; [email protected]; @hello_Destiny


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