One of my dear friends is on a mission to make a comfortable place for people to sit and relax at a Cafe and Gallery. This Cafe and Gallery is aimed for people who are living with mental health conditions. As a social outlet designed to prevent anxiety triggers and more, those of us who have never felt at ease in public places will finally have a spot to chill with a cup of tea!
They will be open to the public, and encouraging those with mental health conditions to come in for a whole new experience. Catering to people with anxiety disorders, depression, Autism, Tourette’s and more, they want to help in the fight to end the stigma of mental health.
The Treehouse is currently fundraising the money needed to register our business as a not for profit, as well as registering our sister charity LOYO (Love Yourself). Please browse our website for more information, and consider donating. Your help is so appreciated! You can donate here. https://www.gofundme.com/loyo-org
What they will offer as a Cafe and Gallery:
-“We will cater to anxiety triggers! Like tall booths for people with misophonia, padded with lots of cushions and pillows for people who want enclosed spaces, with special ordering chalk boards or texting options for those with social anxiety or mutism…and MUCH more!
-We will offer Art Therapy at your table! Create while you visit with friends in a comfortable space!
-Gender neutral washrooms for the comfort of all!”
But not just any gallery. Their gallery will feature the work of people in our community who are living with mental health conditions. Art work will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the sales going back into the Treehouse Cafe non-profit to help run the facility, a portion into the LOYO charity which privately funds mental health care for locals, and the rest right back to the artist. It really is a great place to show the world what it’s like to be you.
“We’ve all been hearing a lot about ending the stigma around mental health, but we’ve got a long way to go. Many companies are increasing their charitable funding for mental health projects, and that is fabulous! We here at the Treehouse feel like we can do more for the people in our neighbourhood, now. We will be participating in MANY fundraisers and rallies to help advocate mental health awareness, and raise funds to keep the Treehouse and its sister charity LOYO going. Together, we won’t just succeed, we’ll rise above!”
We’re a Non-Profit Organization
“Sessions with a registered Psychotherapist are not covered by our federal health care programs. But 80% of all people with diagnosed depression and anxiety would benefit from the treatment that psychotherapy provides. So, we want to help pay for it. The Treehouse Cafe & Gallery is going to be a non-profit organization, working in Tandem with the future charity LOYO (Love Yourself). All monies earned over and above the operating costs involved in running the Treehouse will be used to privately fund mental health care for people in our neighbourhood who cannot afford it on their own. We hope to join forces with a few select therapists who share our vision and are willing to accept patients on a reduced rate, so that we can help even more people get the therapy that they need! If you know of any registered Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers or others within the mental health care field who may be willing to join our team, please contact us!”
“The Treehouse is my dream. I’ve lived with a few mental health disorders all of my life, and I understand how hard it is to get up every day and just survive. There have been many times when I thought I wouldn’t. As a result of my anxiety triggers I have been through more jobs, homes and friends than I could list. I’ve also been run through the mental health wheel several times, and know what it’s like to think you are never going to get the help that you need because it’s too expensive, the wait list is too long, or the help is simply not there. I want to use my own experience to help other people like me. The ones who would love to have a place to go where they feel safe and accepted, and the ones who are asking for help. I hope that you will join my team and I on our journey toward the realization of my dream. It’s time to take our mental health into our own hands.”
Want more information on this amazing project here are the links to go and check out!