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 Mental Health   Resource Center 

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Mental Health Resource Center provides a wide range of behavioral health services for adults, adolescents, children and families. During 2020, MHRC provided services to more than 10,000 people. MHRC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Florida that provides a wide range of behavioral health and social services to the community. Included in MHRC’s service array are 24-hour emergency services; inpatient psychiatric services for children, adolescents and adults; and numerous outpatient services, including medication management, case management, counseling, supported housing, psychosocial rehabilitation, two programs for the homeless, and a therapeutic family program.

 what are we crafting? 

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Backpacks (Adults)
Bags (Adults)
Bags (Kids)
Blankets (Adults)
Blankets (Teen)

 project must-knows 















MHRC Admission Statistics

  • Adults: Approximately 200 per month

  • Children: Approximately 90 per month


How We Are Helping

  1. Fiddlers
    These are small, hand-held pillows with a small item placed inside. They are used during inpatient therapy sessions to help children engage and participate more effectively.

  2. Blankets
    We create sewn blankets for both children and adults in the inpatient units. These blankets offer comfort to children dealing with mental health issues away from their families or foster homes, and serve as incentives for cooperation and participation. For adults, the blankets provide comfort during their stay. Note: Only sewn blankets are permitted; knit or crochet items are not allowed.

  3. Tote Bags & Backpacks

    • Tote Bags: Provided to adults and children upon discharge from inpatient care, offering a dignified way to carry their belongings.

    • Backpacks: Given to adults in the street outreach outpatient program after they attend three appointments, these bags offer long-term utility and dignity.

  4. Warm Winter Items (Seasonal: November - February)

    • For Adults and Teens (Ages 14+):

      • Hats, earwarmers/headbands, scarves, and gloves/mittens (full or fingerless).

    • Material Requirements:

      • Teen items: Only fleece or flannel (single or double layer fleece).

      • Adult items: Fleece, flannel, or yarn.

Must Knows


Crafting Change Fiddlers

These little pillows will help kids in therapy focus their attention.




Project Overview Sheet

Project Overview Sheet for Lapghans & Blankets for MHRC


Self Binding Blankets

Simple technique for a beautiful blanket


Binding A Blanket with Martha Richmond

How to bind a blanket with Martha from Crafting Change


Receiving Blanket Tutorial

This technique is stellar, you will need to modify the blanket size for this project.


Quilt As You Go

This quilt as you go method just needs some strips!

 totes and backpacks 

Crafting Change Easy Tote

Our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Crafting Change Super Tote Video

Video Tutorial for this easy tote that uses heavier weight fabric.

DIY Tote-Beginner

Basic lined beginner friendly tote bag

Green Bag Lady Bag

This unlined tote bag sews up super fast!

Crafting Change Easy Tote Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for our modification of the Green Bag Lady tote provides finished seams and option for longer handles. Serge or Sew!

Crafting Change Taco Tote

This cute easy to sew tote bag is designed after the popular Burrito Pillowcase.

Earth Day Jean Tote

Easy reusable tote up-cycled from an old pair of jeans

Happy Scrappy Tote Bag & Backpack

Zoom Room recording on how to make the scrappy tote bag and denim drawstring backpack.

Crafting Change Super Tote

Easy tote using heavier weight fabrics.

DIY Simple Jean Tote

Video tutorial for simple jean tote bag

Easy Canvas Tote Bag with Pocket

Super easy tote bag made from a canvas painting tarp!

How To Make Straps

Simple technique to make straps for drawstring backpack


Unlined Drawstring Backpack

Video Tutorial and Pattern for the unlined drawstring backpack


Adult Drawstring Backpack Project Overview

Project Overview Sheet & PATTERN for ADULT drawstring backpack


Adult Drawstring Backpack Quick Class

Adult Drawstring Backpack Quick Video with Kathy Lawrence


Adult Backpack Fabric & Cord Selection

Short video on how to choose fabric and cording for the adult drawstring backpack

   winter fleece  

Fleece Ear Warmer Headband

Simple fleece ear warmer headband modified from original pattern to hide the back seam to make it more comfortable for the wearer!

Ear Warmer with Contrasting Binding

Modification of original pattern to add this cute contrasting binding and hidden back seam!

Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

Quick Sew Video Tutorial For Fleece Fingerless Gloves

Easy Fleece Mittens by Charmed by Ashley

Super easy single layer fleece mitten pattern in adult sizes

Easy Fleece Hat Pattern

Easy sewn fleece hat pattern

Making Balaclavas for Kids or Adults

Super warm winter item that fully covers the head!

Fleece Hat with Flaps Video

Video Tutorial for the fleece hat with flap pattern

DIY Infinity Scarf

An amazingly easy tutorial to cut 2 infinity scarves out of 2 yards of flannel!

Tips & Tricks for Working with Fleece

Watch this if you are new to working with fleece or looking for great tips or tricks to make it easier!

Fleece Ear Warmer with Bow Styling

Super easy headband with a bow detail

Fleece Headband with Front Knot

Easy fleece headband with cute knot up front!

Easy Fleece Mittens by Charmed by Ashley Video

Easy single layer Adult fleece mittens video tutorial

Fleece Mitten Pattern

Tutorial (link to download FREE pattern on this page). Super easy to follow tutorial! SIngle layer adult.

Fleece 2 Layer Hat

Simple 2 layer fleece hat that is reversible for all ages.

Fleece Hat

This easy fleece hat takes just minutes!

Easy Fleece Hat Video Tutorial

Video tutorial for Easy Fleece hat pattern

Crafting Change Care Tags (Avery)

This specially designed care tag will let recipients know what your item is made from and how to take care of it. Print on Avery Perforated Business Cards.

Fleece Ear Warmer

Super simple Ear Warmer, link includes a You Tube video as well as tutorial.

Mad Cap Hats Best Fingerless Gloves Ever (Fleece)

Easy, warm and fun to wear pattern from Mad Cap Hats, Link to .pdf in description of Video

Fleece 2 Layer Mittens

Nice, thick and warm, easy to sew.

Easy Fleece Mittens for Kids by DIY Crush

Multiple sizes, single layer. Pattern Templates can be downloaded in this link!

Fleece Hat with Flaps

Fleece Hat with Flaps pattern

Fleece Hat With Earflaps

Written pattern and YouTube tutorial for a fun fleece hat with earflaps.

Fleece Neck Gaiter (not a mask)

A cozy neck warming tube for any charity requesting a scarf or neck warming device!

Warm Winter Wear Class Zoom Room Video

Kathy Lawrence Zoom Room Class recorded unedited video of winter wear class

   winter yarn  

Suzette Stich Ear Warmer

This beginner friendly pattern uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches. Includes multiple sizing options and video tutorial.

Gender Neutral Ear Warmer

This easy to make tube is great for men or a nice gender neutral choice!

Basic Plain Gloves

simple, easy glove pattern for anyone

Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts

This easy peasy pattern will yield a lovely pair of fingerless mitts in very little time.

Super Simple FIngerless Mitts

Crocheted in the round, an easy fingerless mitt pattern.

Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

Fun easy mitten pattern for children

The CC Beanie

This popular beanie is trendy, warm and easy to knit.

Sunflower Hat

Beautiful knit hat in the colors of Ukraine with their national flower

Basic Crochet Hat

This simple crochet pattern is sure to please any person that receives it!

Basic Hat with Earflap Option

Children's hat with optional earflap!

Slouchy Beanie

Easy slouchy beanie for kids and adults

Caron Beginner Beanie

This basic beginner beanie is fast and easy for any crocheter!

Ribbed Beanie Hat by Melody Crochet

Video Tutorial How to crochet a beanie with a ribbed brim

Skyping All Purpose Beanie

This gender neutral option can be made in a variety of sizes.

Double Fringe Neck Cowl

A super easy and fast, stylish cowl

Straightforward Cowl

Super easy pattern for beginners. Can knit it with your favorite stitch pattern (knit/purl, cables) on the center stitches instead of garter stitch.

Amplitude Scarf

Knit the Rainbow designer donated pattern! Vertical stripes on a fun and easy scarf with a thick fringe.

Knit Ear Warmer

An easy, beginner project of a basic ear warmer written by Robyn Peters.

Thick & Quick Twisted Headband by KAME Crochet

Easy for beginners and works up in about 30 minutes.

Topless Mittens

Knit The Rainbow Designer pattern. These fingerless mittens make a quick and low-cost project.

Cozy Thermal Mitts

Textured mitts with an easy to follow pattern

Simple Textured Mitts (2 Ways)

Versatile unisex mittens in a variety of sizes

Hands Full Crochet Mittens

Beginner easy crochet pattern

Traditional Ear Flap Hat

An easy ear flap hat

Classic Ribbed Beanie

This easy pattern for beginners is a classic ribbed beanie for everyone!

How I Knit The CC Beanie

Great version of the classic CC beanie

Basic Hat with a Brim

Basic Hat in the round with a brim.

How To Knit A Hat For Beginners

Great Video Tutorial for beginners!

Garter Ear Flap Hat

For the adventurous knitter ready to take on a challenge, look at this ear flap pattern in 5 sizes!

Basic Beginner Hats for the Family

Basic hat in 6 sizes!

Easiest Crochet Hat Ever

Easy unisex for all sizes. This is our preferred crochet hat. It has good stretch, is warm and versatile.

Neck Thingum

This unisex, cozy tube helps fight off the bitter elements.

Undulating Cowl

Knit The Rainbow Designer donated pattern! This more challenging pattern is good practice at increasing and decreasing stitches!

Lion Brand Homespun Fabia Cowl

This beginner project is worked back and forth in rows, then sewn together to make a ring.

Lion Brand Ribbed Headband

Easy ribbed gender neutral headband.

Ear Warmers 3 Ways

This basic ear warmer pattern has 3 unique finishing techniques!

Crafting Change Wristers

Easy wristers by Melanie Shovelski done in a rectangle and seamed up the side.

Super Simple Fingerless Gloves

Quick, easy fun to make with endless color combinations.

The World's Simplest Mittens

Quick and easy mittens to knit up! Beginner friendly.

Chunky Crochet Beanie

This easy, chunky hat will keep teens toasty this winter!

Give It A Whirl Beanie

The swirling ridges of this hat will take you just a few hours to complete!

Warp Speed Hat by STASH

One hat fits most adults, super fast and easy. Basic ribbing, worked in the round and simple decrease!

Nice & Knit Beanie

Stylish, easy beanie

Easiest Knit Hat Ever

Easy knit unisex hat for any size. Our #1 preferred hat style. Also visit the You Tube Tutorial here

Simple Crochet Hat

Easy crochet hat for kids with a pompom

Caron Slouchy Beanie

A slouch beanie is fun and oh so comfortable! Teens love its casual style to stay warm on cold winter days.

Make a 2 Layer Hat on the Addi

2 layer hat with a brim on the Addi Knitting Machine.

Seamless Earflap Hat

This pattern comes in all sizes Newborn-Adults!

Mariner's Cowl

This fast and easy cowl with 2x2 ribbing will fit any neck!

1-Hour Pull-Over Scarf

Super easy beginner pattern!


 shipping guidelines 

They are happy to take your donations whenever you have them ready to ship:

Mental Health Resource Center

Attn: Leah Guthrie

10550 Deerwood Park Blvd Ste 600

Jacksonville, FL 32256-2811

If your box will cost you more than $20 to ship, MHRC is partnered with Give Back Box to get you a $20 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth to MHRC here.

Due to a computer glitch, they send out the same label with the same tracking number to every person and you can't use it. After you receive your label, please immediately email Monika at and ask for a "fresh" label with an unused tracking number. You will get a new label in 1-2 days. This is the label you should use. 

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