Back when I was a mental health counselor, I had a very open-minded Clinical Director who allowed me to introduce crochet into a depression therapy group. It was interesting how I had 5-6 women clients in individual therapy with depression and related symptoms who all either crocheted or were interested in learning. So, we formed a group! All the benefits of group therapy with the normalizing and creative outlet of crochet. What we knew intuitively, that craft can heal, is the subject of Kathryn Vercillo's book, Crochet Saved My Life.
Personal stories of how crochet contributed to lives of actual people fills over 300 pages in Kathryn's book. Stories about how crochet helps with chronic illness is soothing in the face of anxiety and contributes to healing from abuse.
About her own experience, Kathryn writes, "Of course, crochet alone could never have taken me out of that desperate place. It is a craft, not a cure-all for serious illness. And yet I am also fairly certain that I could never have loosened myself from the grip of that depression without crochet. I was stuck in between that proverbial rock and a hard place and my crochet hook served as a crowbar to begin prying me out of that difficult space. I hardly knew that it was happening and yet that hook dug deep down into the core of my being and lifted me into a space where I could once again begin to breathe. In the most basic and obvious way possible I was creating a life for myself simply through the act of creating."
Go Visit Kathryn's Blog, Crochet Concupiscence for her review of Learn Bruges Lace