As I have already written, Christmas can be stressful for anyone. It can be particularly difficult for those who are affected by mental health issues including anxiety and depression. Luckily I have (so far) managed to get through the most challenging times in my life relatively unscathed but this subject is close to my heart as I have several friends living with depression*, and one who tragically lost her struggle earlier this year.
Kate from A Playful Day recently asked me to contribute some relaxing project ideas for an article she posted on the Mollie Makes Blog - you can see the full post here. One of my suggestions for a comforting knit was the Cosy Colourblock Shawl (free pattern) and as it happens, I've just cast on another. I already posted this on Instagram with the #makegoodfeelgood hashtag and after being contacted by some lovely followers, should point out that my project is for relaxation, and not because anyone should be in the slightest bit concerned about me - but thank you so much for caring. That's exactly what this campaign is all about.
|Cosy Colourblock Shawl version 2, in shades of grey (both Scheepjes Stonewashed XL)|
As well as offering project suggestions, Kate's article talks about the work of mental health charity Mind who have launched a 'Christmas Crafternoon' campaign. The idea is to get together with friends, family or colleagues for an afternoon of crafting and fundraising. A network of support is one of the key factors in supporting those with mental health difficulties - inviting people to get together to 'make' can also be a great way of reaching out.
If this is something you fancy, you can request an information pack by email (or hard copy) which will include lots of ideas and tips. Posters and bunting to decorate your event can also be downloaded from the Mind website.
*If you think you are, or may be, suffering from depression and would like information or assistance, you will also find helpful resources on the Mind website.