Great work on the journals. They are fantastic!
I agree with everyone talking about how journal entries help people deal with different things, working with your hands and seeing that you can make something helps you feel better about yourself.
I would think that working like this in a group might help the "talking it out" part of healing that people sometimes need. Being busy in a group with a common goal seems to relax people and help build a bond that they might have felt they were missing. How many kids have opened up to others because they were playing and relaxed instead of directly faced with a question? I wonder if more adults didn't learn more from kids while making cookies or coloring than any other time?