The "Depressed Cake Shop" pops up in Boise to address stigmas surrounding mental health

Posted at 10:21 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 14:24:11-04

BOISE, Idaho — Interfaith Sanctuary hosted the "Depressed Cake Shop" Saturday morning with the intent on sparking a conversation around mental health through sweet treats.

Members of the Boise community donated baked goods in the main color gray, which symbolize depression, but accented with colorful frostings and decorations, showing how treatment and support can brighten someone's outlook on mental health and depression.

Mayor Lauren McLean was able to show up for a "cake-cutting," rather than a ribbon-cutting event.

"There is an interesting correlation between baking and mental health because it's actually soothing," said Interfaith Santuary Executive Director Jodi Peterson-Stigers. "There's a therapy in the baking, so we find a lot of people connect to it and then you see this tremendous art that comes through the door!"

The "Depressed Cake Shop" is a worldwide grassroots organization committed to the act of baking and selling beautiful baked goods designed to destigmatize the conversation around mental health.

The organization has enabled mental health charities to raise funds and awareness by participating in local bake sales like the one at Interfaith Sanctuary. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to charities around the world based on all of these bake sales.

To learn more, you can go to the Depressed Cake Shop website.