Ceci “Sunshine Amid the Storm” mandala comes to us from Melissa in Canada (on Instagram @mknyveld). Elle a écrit, “This mandala symbolizes my struggle from suicide attempt, to putting my life back together slowly. I didn’t think it was possible, but ti make with my hands continues to help bring light on dark days.”
These two precious crochet mandalas come to us from Kari Green of Jester Creations. Kari is a Scottish 40-something single mother of two teenage boys. She loves knitting, crochet, drawing and reading and says she, “can’t not have a creation in the making in my hands when I’m not working. And I know all too well how mental health issues can impact on every aspect of life.”
This set of Mandalas for Marinke comes to us from Selina whose tagline on Ravelry (@knittedruby) lectures, “Knitting and crochet are the only things that keeps me sane in this mad, mad world.”
These two beautiful crochet mandalas (one spoke mandala and one standard 12-round mandala, each using Wink’s patterns) were contributed anonymously to the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project. This post also discusses coping mechanisms through the lens of “rubber band theory”.
This creativity exercise is an excerpt from my book Hook to Heal, which offers 100 exercises to inspire the use of crochet to heal and improve all areas of life. This exercise comes from the “adventure” chapter.
Renee shares, “Crochet has gotten me through some rough times in my life; most significantly, my struggle with post-partum depression. My PPD manifested in the forms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the act of crocheting gave me an outlet for all the negative energy.
Madelyn shares, “the most difficult illness I deal with is depression, not because I have it every day like I do the other problems, but because it lies to me, it skews my perception, it’s mean to me, it makes me feel worthless, it makes me not care. And it doesn’t just affect the mind, my whole body can be affected by depression, my physical pain is made worse.”