Sometimes, something can happen and it completely rocks the community that you live in. Recently, sadly, my community lost a well known member due to mental health issues – it goes without saying that it drastically shook the foundations of the small town that I live in. In light of this loss, those who were affected decided to do something about it, something to support those who succumb to the winter blues, those who have a lack of support in their communities: we all pulled together to raise money for Mind, the leading mental health charity at a time of year that has peak suicide rates, in order to bring a little light into people’s lives. Mental illness cannot be seen, and occasionally it cannot be heard – there seems to be such a big stigma attached to mental health that those who suffer with depression, various identity disorders, schizophrenia or anything else that falls underneath the ‘mental illness’ umbrella rarely discuss their problems and sadly, they rarely seek the help that they deserve. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems each year, it is up to us as a community, as individuals, it is up to us to give those who suffer some visibility, to let them know that they’re not alone. This weekend, I donned my apron and baked some goodies to hold a bake sale to raise money for Mind – money can’t buy happiness… but you can buy cupcakes, and that’s pretty close.