Houston Restaurants and Bars Raise Awareness and Funds for Mental Health
I’ll Have What She is Having (IHWSH), a woman-led organization uniting chefs, hospitality professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, scientists and artists in raising awareness and funds in support of women's health, felt the need to stimulate a conversation about mental health and its effects on the food and beverage community as well as this country.
WellWeek asks that participating restaurants and bars develop a menu-worthy non-alcoholic beverage, rivaling the complexity of a cocktail, or designate a dessert or menu item. Establishments agree to donate a $1 per item sold during WellWeek. WellWeek 2019 is two weeks long and overlaps with National Mental Health Week from Oct 6 - 12.
Participants include: Nancy’s Hustle, Georgia James, UB Preserv, Rosie Cannonball, Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Cafe, Xochi, Coltivare, Indianola, Night Heron, Revival Market, The Dunlavy, Paulie’s, Giacomo’s, Roost, Eight Row Flint, Anvil, Avondale Food & Wine, Miss Carousel, Cane Rosso, Hay Merchant, Feges BBQ, Good Dog Hot Dog (both locations), Oporto, Camerata, 13 Celsius, Sweet Bribery, Fat Cat Creamery, Kolache Shoppe, and more.
Funds raised will benefit National Alliance on Mental Health - Greater Houston (NAMI-GH), Mental Health of America - Greater Houston (MHA-GH), and Southern Smoke. These organizations provide ample resources for those suffering from mental illness in our community. WellWeek’s donations help cover the cost of educational programs, training for staff and counseling. Examples of how these donations are used include: $25 donation allows a class of 22 children to express their feelings, $50 teaches two professionals to identify and refer women struggling with postpartum depression, and $350 covers the cost of training two volunteers to teach an education class.