Depressed Cake Shop to Pop Up in Los Angeles on November 19th

Depressed Cake Shop will join This Is My Brave and the contributors of the newly released and acclaimed anthology "Shades of Blue' for an evening of stories, music, poetry and cake. All proceeds will go to support This Is My Brave, a non-profit devoted to sharing stories and erasing the stigma around depression.

On the heels of celebrities Hayden Panettiere, Drew Barrymore, Sarah Silverman and Lady Gaga going public about their struggles with mental illness, This Is My Brave, Inc. brings an important event to Los Angeles featuring similar stories brought to the stage via their unique storytelling production.

This is My BRaveand Depressed Cake Shop are teaming up with the writers from Amy Ferris’ critically important new anthology, Shades of Blue (Seal Press), to produce an event which will raise the volume of conversation surrounding mental health issues, one powerful story at a time. 

"Where there is cake there is hope, and there is always cake"

Valerie Van Galder, Depressed Cake Shop

WHEN: Nov. 19, 2015, 7-10pm 

WHERE: The Harmony Gold Theater, Los Angeles CA

WHY: To change the conversation about mental illness to remove the stigma

HOW: Tickets on sale now:

WHO: Eleven Shades of Blue writers will share their stories, live on stage; musical guests will share songs inspired by their mental health struggles, and Depressed Cake Shop’s stunning gray baked goods will be on sale with all proceeds used to enable This Is My Brave to continue to create these important productions

This Is My Brave was created to help society realize that for every celebrity who opens up about suffering from a mental health issue, there are millions, literally millions upon millions, of ordinary, everyday people struggling with these conditions, most suffering in silence. This event provides hope, inspiration and encouragement for everyone because with 25% of our nation directly affected by mental illness, we are all touched by this treatable yet challenging issue. 

This Is My Brave, a 501(c)3 non-profit launched in 2014 to create a safe community and a platform for individuals to speak out about mental illness. The Co-Founders had been impacted by mental illness and wanted to fight the isolation and disconnection by giving people from the community a chance to share their stories on stage through poetry, music and essay. For more info, visit

Established in 2013 in the United Kingdom, the Depressed Cake Shop has raised over $70,000 for charities around the world by engaging local bakers to donate and sell gray baked goods. The project has received press attention around the world, and continues to grow as the message spreads through social media and the numerous press mentions the project has had, in outlets like Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, Vice, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Visit: