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“Where there is cake there is hope. And there is always cake.”

September 06, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10. To mark the event, a special bake sale is coming to Downtown Springfield.

Burrell Behavioral Health and Springfield bakers are working in collaboration with First Friday Art Walk to put on the 2nd Annual Depressed Cake Shop. The bake sale will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from noon-8 p.m. at Park Central Square. Springfield’s event is in September because it is Suicide Awareness Month.

It’s  rain-or-shine event. In case of rain, the Depressed Cake Shop will be held inside the Park Central Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library.

Delicious baked goods, donated by professional shops as well as Burrell employees and local volunteers, will be for sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit suicide prevention and education in southwest Missouri.

The items have depression as their theme. They will also incorporate the color gray into the design. This gives bakers a creative outlet for bringing awareness to mental health issues. Attendees can buy cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods with cash or credit cards. Depressed Cake Shop merchandise will also be for sale.

Downtown options

Downtown Springfield has several counseling offices. That includes the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center. It’s located at 614 South Street.

“The Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center offers therapy for individuals, couples, families and kids as young as age 3,” Clarissa French, marketing manager for the center, said. “We can take Medicaid for children and some insurance. Otherwise, we charge on a sliding scale, meaning what you pay depends on what you earn.”

The sliding scale fees range from $10 to $80, depending on household income and household size. Affordability is very important at the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center.

We are a nonprofit United Way agency, and it is our mission to make counseling affordable,” French said.

Call 417-869-9011 for an appointment. The center is open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Cake for a cause

The 2nd Annual Depressed Cake Shop will happen rain or shine. Local bakeries involved include:

  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • B + B Boulangerie & Bakery
  • Mama Jean’s Natural Market
  • Ruby’s Market
  • Star Cakes Bakery
  • Tea Bar & Bites
  • The Urban Cup

Depressed Cake Shop is a global pop-up bakery initiative started in 2013. It seeks to end the stigmas associated with mental health. One in four people will experience or be affected by some sort of mental health issue in their lifetimes. Half of all adults facing mental health issues go untreated. Depressed Cake Shop seeks to remind those in need that, “Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.”

Learn more about The Depressed Cake shop at