Depressed Cake Shop is a grassroots effort aimed at raising mental health awareness

Depressed Cake Shop is a grassroots effort aimed at raising mental health awareness


ANY INFORMATION CALL POLICE. ERIN:THIS MONTH, MARKS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH AND THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS IN AUSTIN TEAMED UP WITH A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT AND SEVERAL BAKERIES ACROSS OUR AREA IN HOPES OF RAISING AWARENESS.KXAN’S CANDY RODRIGUEZ SHOWS US HOW THEY’RE DOING THIS THROUGH BAKED GOODS. INSIDE THIS BAKERY IN DRIPPING SPRINGS…SOME OF THE TASTY TREATS MAY NOT BE THE PRETTIEST.SASCHA BIESI/CO- OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;48;01 THE GRAY ON THE OUTSIDE.”BUT, IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK…IT’S ABOUT THE MESSAGE BEHIND EVERY BITE. SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;48;11 I’VE WRITTEN OVER 200 OF THOSE LITTLE FLAGS THIS MONTH.”THEY CALL IT THE DEPRESSED CAKE SHOP…A GRASSROOTS EFFORT… AIMED AT RAISING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS.SOMETHING THE BAKERY’S CO-OWNER SASCHA BIESI KNOWS FIRSTHAND. SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;35;08 I GOT THE DIAGNOSIS FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER, I WAS 19.”WITH A CONSTANT REMINDER… SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;43;01 IT’S HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT.”…OF HOW FAR SHE’S COME.SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;43;22 THE LIGHTNING BOLT REPRESENTS THE ELECTRIC SHOCK THERAPY THAT I WENT THROUGH.”SASCHA BIESI/CO- OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;24;02 BAKING REALLY BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE.”AND, THIS MONTH, THERE’S A PERSONAL ITEM ON THE MENU… A SMALL, TRIANGULAR BISCUIT-LIKE CAKE — A SCONE… A CHARCOAL LEMON SCONE IN HONOR OF BEA. SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;25;22 ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO, WE LOST ONE OF OUR YOUNGER EMPLOYEES, SHE LOST HER BATTLE TO DEPRESSION BY SUICIDE.” (BUTTED TO) “WE JUST DIDN’T SEE IT COMING.”NOW, WITH EACH BITE, SHE HOPES A CONVERSATION WILL FOLLOW… SASCHA BIESI/CO-OWNER, SKULL & CAKEBONES: “23;55;09 IN ORDER TO RELEASE US FROM THE STIGMA IS TO CHANGE THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS, PART OF THAT CHANGE COMES FROM TALKING ABOUT COMES FROM TALKING ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS.”IN DRIPPING SPRINGS, CANDY RODRIGUEZ KXAN NEWSERIN:YOU STILL HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO GRAB YOUR BAKED GOODS… THE FINAL DAY OF THE DEPRESSED CAKE SHOP IS THIS COMING THURSDAY. FOR A FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING BAKERIES

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