Creighton Regis Occupational Therapy Students’ Pop Up Bakery Featured Tasty Treats and Increased Awareness of Mental Illness

Eckhart Tolle once said, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Increase the community’s awareness of mental illness is exactly what two Creighton Regis pathway Occupational Therapy students set out to do as a component of their final rotation in their doctorate program.

The first Depressed Cake Shop Pop Up in Denver was held at Brewability Lab on Saturday April 27th, 2019. Dr. Andrea Thinnes, Occupational Therapy faculty at Creighton University and two Occupational Therapy students, Sylver Agomoh and Alexa Trujillo hosted the Depressed Cake Shop as a component of the students' Doctoral Experiential Component of the doctoral program. “One in four people will experience, or be touched by a mental health issue at some point in their lives” (DCS, 2019).

The Depressed Cake Shop is a unique (and delicious) platform designed to raise awareness of mental illness. “We provide a safe place for conversation and detailed resources that will enable interested bakers and organizers to raise funds for mental health charities through locally organized pop-ups “ (DCS, 2019). In addition to the tasty treats sold, Agomoh and Trujillo created a comprehensive list of mental health resources local to the area and gave them to anyone who visited the pop up bakery. Conversations and personal stories were shared by those that visited the pop up which made for a rewarding experience!

The inaugural Denver pop up bakery raised $1,017.50 to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the local NAMI Colorado chapter. Trujillo and Agomoh acknowledged the partners who contributed to make the event a success: Brewability Lab for the wonderful space for the pop up bakery, Coquette’s Bakery of Colorado Springs, Cupcake Girls of Colorado Springs, Walmart of Aurora, King Soopers of Aurora, Starbucks of Aurora, fellow Creighton doctoral students and family.

Alexa Trujillo and Sylver Agomoh are Occupational Therapy students in the Creighton Regis pathway and graduate in May of 2019. Dr. Andrea Thinnes, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and served as the faculty mentor for the student endeavor.

Depressed Cake Shop, DCS (2019). Mission & FAQ. Retrieved from
http://depressedcakeshop.com/about

Submitted By Alexa Trujillo, OTS; Sylver Agomoh, OTS; and Andrea Thinnes, OTR/L