Can baking have a positive effect on your mental health?

One in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. With attitudes towards mental health becoming much more progressive, many alternative therapies are beginning to emerge with new, innovative ways of combating the illness.

Psychiatrists have historically linked structured, non-stressful activity such as baking with increase in well-being, and The Depressed Cake Shop, a mental health charity in London, is using its grey-coloured confectionary to raise awareness of this fact.

The aim of the charity is to heighten understanding of mental health issues, and to raise valuable and much needed funds for various mental health charities around the country.

Jonathan Whaite, last year’s winner of The Great British Bake Off, is a staunch supporter of the charity, claiming that baking helped control his depression. Having been diagnosed eight years ago, Whaite explains that baking helped channel his erratic and negative energy into something creative and constructive.

The Depressed Cake Shop, which has run a number of pop-up stalls across the country, has raised thousands of pounds for mental health charities and provided an innovative new platform for people to discuss mental health in an open and honest way.

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