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my mental health
Created By: MaryAnn Byrne

As a child I was brutally treated by other kids. They called me names, stole special items from me, tore up my homework, ostracized me, you name it. I had learned to crochet at the age of six from a nun at my elementary school. Being able to create with my hands gave me an emotional outlet. I could not let the other kids see me cry. My family did not know how to help and therapy was not as commonly available in the late sixties as it is today. My stress reliever was working with yarn.

Today, I have survived a bad marriage and life as a single mom. I am a licensed teacher and child and adolescent therapist. Every year I teach knitting and crocheting to my students. This past year I became an Olweus Trainer. I will be bringing an internationally recognized bully prevention program to my county school system. I run a Drama Club after school to help kids with their self esteem and was recently featured in a nationwide broadcast as an expert on bully prevention.

How does this relate to my being able to knit and crochet? Well, creating with yarn saved my sanity and gave me a creative outlet which I have been able to nurture in myself and others including my daughter and students. I have used it in my private practice with adolescent and preadolescent girls as well.

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