Knitting project for brain health

In celebration of Mental Health Month, a collaborative project about mind and brain health will be held at Warilla Library this Thursday, 26 October from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Participants in the Yarning Minds project learn to crochet wrap, knit or knot while they find out about neuroscience.

Artists Pat Pillai and Rita Pearce will be working with participants to create a soft sculpture for exhibition at Warilla Library.

The event will include a workshop, exhibition and speakers on the topic of mental health. Two workshops were also conducted earlier this month.

Yarning Minds is part of Neural Knitworks, a collaborative project about mind and brain health.

During 2014 an enormous number of handmade neurons were donated (1665 in total) and used to build a giant walk-in brain at Hazelhurst Gallery in the Sutherland Shire.

Since then Neural Knitworks have been held in dozens of communities across Australia, with installations created in Queensland, the ACT, and Singapore as part of the Cambridge Science Festival in the UK and in Philadelphia, USA.

Neural Knitworks is are based on the principle that yarn craft, with its mental challenges, social connection and mindfulness, helps keep brains sharp, engaged and healthy.

Shellharbour Deputy Mayor Kellie Marsh said she believed the project was an excellent initiative.

“Mental health is vitally important. People often take it for granted and yet it needs to be looked after and protected as much as physical health,” Cr Marsh said.

“Knitting and working with your hands is widely recognised as what is known as a ‘flow’ activity that is extremely good for brain health,” she said.

Media Officer: Kelli Wells 4221 6038 or 0448 361 008.