Bake it Till You Make it (BITYMI) is an organization dedicated to destigmatizing mental illness, normalizing mental health conversation and promoting authentic healing and recovery. We seek to connect people through food, making “difficult conversation” more palatable, natural and in turn, common place.
Bake it Till You Make It uses three strategies to achieve this mission: (I) Creation, (II) Connection & (III) Community.
Founder and leader, Dayna Altman, has always found healing through creation. Altman works to make tangible change through mental health and resilience inspired projects. Most notably so far, Altman created the book: Bake it Till You Make it: Breaking Bread, Building Resilience as means to give those in her community a space to share their authentic stories. Altman plans to continue to create in order to meet the mission of this organization, in fact, she has something in the works right now. Her second book, Mix, Melt, Mend: Owning my Story and Finding my Freedom, is set to launch in September 2020. This is Altman’s memoir told in a recipe format.
Bake it Till You Make it believes that the greatest tool in breaking down stigma is storytelling. Founder and leader, Altman, offers an array of presentations that use food as a way to normalize mental illness and promote healing as well as inspiration. Popular presentations include: “A Recipe to Fight Stigma” and “Bake it Till You Make it: Live!” All presentations are tailored specifically to the audience to promote education and inspiration.
Living with mental illness can be especially isolating. The stigma that accompanies mental illness often leads people to believe they have to live in silence. Bake it Till You Make it seeks to create events to promote community building among all who are affected by mental health challenges: individuals, loved ones, advocates and allies. Bake it Till You Make it offers quarterly community building events in the Northeast.