World Mental Health Day
The healing act of creativity
With the skyrocketing number of people that are seeking help with mental health, the need to find approachable and engaging ways to cope increases. Through our community, we have heard a number of stories about healing and leveraging creativity to combat these tough feelings.
As the conversation around mental health is normalized, our brave community members share their stories of fear, turmoil, renewed faith, and tools they used to navigate their most challenging times.
We are inspired by our Cricut Community.
People who report that creative projects support their emotional well-being.1
Minimum range of reduction in chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by participating in creative activities, like crafting.2
Increase in people seeking help with anxiety since 2019.3
Increase in people seeking help with depression since 2019.3
The quarantine periods that came with COVID-19 increased people’s fear of losing their jobs, reduced physical activity, altered sleep, and increased anxiety.Front. Genet., 22 October 2020
After experiencing a devastating loss, licensed professional counselor Keoinna Baker dug in deep and dug out of her despair through finding time for herself.
Ashley Le turned her stress reliever into a side hustle. In an effort to decompress from a long day in surgery, Ashley picked up crafting, which blossomed into Bé Kids Clothing.
Abigail Carrillo experienced postpartum depression and wanted something to do from home. Encouraged to use her creative talents, she found Cricut.
When the pandemic hit, Melanie Cervantes found it difficult to travel back and forth to her art studio because of her battle with lung cancer.
James Davis is an army veteran with severe PTSD. Cricut was a treat that his wife bought for herself that helped with his calm.
Courtney Jones started a movement for educators with #ClearTheList and knew first-hand the stress and difficulties of her peers.
Holli Mostella grew up in a loving, supportive home where she helped raised goats and take care of horses. But, that didn’t keep depression at bay.
In observance of World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10, popular mental health images have been unlocked in Design Space.
- Source: 2020 Cricut in-house customer survey; n=1000+ people who consider themselves makers
- JNeuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. Spring 2011;23(2):149-54. doi: 10.1176/jno.23.2.jnp149