Pop-up cafe to raise mental health issues

Freda Dougals (right) from Gorebridge, with her daughter Evie who committed suicide in November 2014 after suffering from depression

Freda Dougals (right) from Gorebridge, with her daughter Evie who committed suicide in November 2014 after suffering from depression

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A Gorebridge woman whose daughter killed herself is opening a pop-up cake shop in Dalkeith to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Freda Douglas (54), a former teacher at Greenhall, is holding the Depressed Cake Shop event at Dalkeith Arts Centre 11am-3pm on Saturday, to also raise money for the charity that helped her cope with the loss of her daughter Evie, who killed herself in November 2014 after battling depression.

Freda said: “It began in the States. People get together, make cakes and sell them. The branding of the cakes, everything on the outside, is grey.

“The message is that behind the grey and the darkness there might be something nice and vibrant inside. It’s the idea that depression clouds any 
vibrancy we have.

“It’s really about tackling the stigma of depression and mental health issues. I think there is a huge way to go.

“It’s all for charity. My choice is very personal.
“Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) helped me. Everyone in the group either has a member of their family or a friend who has completed suicide. ‘Completed’ is my choice of word. My Evie never committed anything. That word has the motion of committing a sin. ‘Completed’ feels more acceptable to me.

“Evie had suffered with depression throughout her teenage years and she was lost.

“She would say to me ‘I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to live’. It was really hard. You can’t be there 24/7.

“It really felt that she wasn’t having any life at all.”