While crafting might not cure stress or anxiety, it can certainly provide relief. It promotes social support and inclusion, as well as cognitive processes which helps with the upkeep of our mental health and wellbeing. 

space+time has been largely inspired by movements such as The Men’s Shed; a nation-wide community-focused organisation providing support, social inclusion and resources to members, both technical and emotional. It has demonstrated that a safe, creative community space is educational and beneficial for mental and physical health and encourages social inclusion.

space+time promotes wellbeing and mental health by providing a space for creativity, learning, community, and mindfulness. 


References and further reading:

'4 reasons craft is good for your mental health' by Isabella Smith

‘How crafting is good for our health’ by Susan Luckman

‘Knitting your way to a healthier, happier mind’ by Ian Hickle and Jackie Randles

Neural Knitworks, on Science Week 

‘Managing anxiety in eating disorders with knitting’ by M Clave-Brule, A Mazloum, RJ Park, EJ Harbottle, and CL Birmingham

Real Talk Projet by Kitiya Palaskas

‘The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Wellbeing in Adulthood: Findings from an International Survey’ by Jill Riley, Betsan Corkhill, and Clare Morris

‘The Impact of Arts Participation on Health Outcomes for Older Adults’ by Melissa Castora-Binkley, Noelker, Thomas Prohaska & William Satariano

‘The meanings of craft to an occupational therapist’ by Emma Harris

The Men’s Shed

‘The Pleasure and Meaning of Making’ by Ellen Dissanayake