Baby Blues Connection
We provide free support services to mothers and families coping with perinatal mood disorders such as postpartum depression, anxiety or stress related to welcoming a child.
Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7pm through Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 10pm
7pm through Sunday, August 6 at 10pm
@The Old Church
Melissa Bangs makes Portland her last weekend of performances in a nine-city West Coast Tour. She brings with her three performances of a hilarious & heart-wrenching nonfiction storytelling based on her own experience with postpartum psychosis. In September 2012, at 40 years old, Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Adelaide. One month later, profoundly sleep deprived, Bangs was admitted to the Providence Psychological Inpatient Unit. What came next was an extraordinary journey, one she has transformed into a non-fiction storytelling experience that is both wildly funny and terribly tragic. The most common bit of feedback she has heard was, “I was laughing or crying the entire time.” She has also heard, again and again, “You have to keep telling this story. You are saving lives.” And so she is. “If you are human, this story is for you.” -Melissa Bangs Website: http://www.playingmonopolywithgod.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelaBangs/ Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, but there is a group discount if more than 10 tickets are purchased in one transaction for a savings of $3 per ticket.
Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5-9pm
@The Little Church
Depressed Cake Shop is a different kind of bake shop. It’s a one day pop-up bakery to raise awareness of mental illness through the sale of special cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats donated by local bakers. The baked goods are gray on the outside and sometimes colored on the inside to symbolize hope – all to encourage conversation about mental health issues, we all know someone who is struggling.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11am-1pm
This Mother's Day weekend join Baby Blues Connection as we celebrate motherhood in our community. We've Got Love to Spare includes Bowling, Pizza and Soda, Mother's Day raffle baskets and wine wall plus the kid-focused fun of face painting music and fun surprises! Event starts at 11 am Face Painting at 11:15 am -12:45 pm with Morgan Goldberg of Motion Magic Music at 11:30 am -12:30 pm More details and fun surprises to come! We have ticket options that include all the fun- bowling, pizza and soda, face painting and music or tickets to join us for the kid-focused fun, minus the bowling. Please read ticket options closely. Kids under 3 are free and require no ticket.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6-9pm
@The Little Church
The Depressed Cake Shop is a different kind of cake shop. It’s a one day pop-up bakery to raise awareness of mental illness through the sale of special cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats donated by local bakers. The baked goods are gray on the outside and sometimes colored on the inside to symbolize hope – all to encourage conversation about mental health issues, we all know someone who is struggling. The Depressed Cake Shop offers a unique platform to talk about mental illness. With 1 in 5 people affected by some type of mental health issue, we all know someone. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker, we’re all touched by it. Baby Blues Connection focuses on providing free support for mothers and families coping with perinatal mood disorders- depression, anxiety, stress related to welcoming a child. “We’re always working to reduce stigma and create a dialogue where parents can express - in a supportive and non-judgmental environment - exactly how they are feeling without shame or blame,” said Angie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Baby Blues Connection. “We’ve partnered with Depressed Cake Shop, a worldwide grassroots movement to raise awareness about our common struggles. No one should suffer alone, be it from Postpartum Depression or any other mental health condition.” The Depressed Cake Shop started in the UK in 2013 and has since become a worldwide grassroots collective with Depressed Cake Shops popping up all over the world.