SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Mental Health is in focus this month for the national awareness campaign, but for one Syracuse coffee shop — the message is peaking at a new level.
Peaks Coffee Company, located on East Genesee Street in Syracuse, is not worried about missing out on business by closing on a regular workday.
Instead, Peaks is closing on “Mental Health Mondays” through the month of May.
The coffee shop’s owners say they are not shying away from difficult conversations surrounding mental health.
Recently moved to its Syracuse location from Cazenovia about five months ago — Sam and Kelsey Bender tell us they are keeping their promise to all customers which fits their mission — to meet people in their peaks and valleys with friendship and coffee.
“On Monday, it’s a day for us. It’s a day for all of us to reset and we hope that people can talk more openly from that,” said Sam Bender. “We’ve actually had a few experiences now, here, where people have come in and said, ‘I’m not having a good day. Can I talk to you about it?’ And we’re always saying, yes, absolutely. Tell us what’s going on and see if we can be of help to you. [We] give them free coffee and we say, thank you for telling us your story. We appreciate it and you know, see you tomorrow.”
Also a part of this month’s awareness focus is Bloom Brunch happening May 25 and 26.
Peaks Coffee will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
To learn more about Bloom Brunch, click here.