Battling Illness With Knitting Helps Woman With Bipolar Disorder

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Lizzie Davies Knits Scarves For The Salvation Army As A Form Of Therapy

Time and time again, knitting has proved to be of great help in treating people suffering from mental illnesses. Lizzie Davies, a 38-year-old woman from Halstead, recently discovered the benefits of knitting.

Suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, she has gone through a lot of tough periods in her life. Last year, she overdosed on her medicine, and she was institutionalized as a result.

When she was sent home, a friend offered her a knitted scarf and that is how her love for knitting began.

In the beginning, knitting felt like a difficult thing to do, but she did not give up. She began making scarves for the people she knew and gave them as Christmas gifts.

Later, she decided that there could be others who could benefit from wearing a scarf.

“There was a time when I ran away from home, and I thought it would be a good way to give back to the people who really are homeless, because everybody deserves to be warm at Christmas,” Lizzie says.

All her scarves are now going to the Salvation Army, from where they will be given to the people Lizzie wants to help. This winter, many homeless people will feel a little warmer, thanks to her generosity and nimble fingers.

“Knitting just makes me feel like I’m doing something good as I can’t work because of my mental illness, it’s something positive,” Lizzie states.

Her condition has improved since she started knitting, another proof that this craft can, indeed, help people suffering from mental illnesses.

Lizzie says that knitting keeps her busy, so that she does not think about her condition. Since she is spending quite a small fortune on yarn, she is grateful for any donation in the form of knitting supplies.

If you would like to donate to Lizzie, you can contact her at

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