The Healing Mask

by Emilie Victoria on January 26, 2015 - 5:53pm

War changes people in many ways, from physical distortions to mental illness like depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). ABC news covers the upcoming February 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine “Healing Our Soldiers” by Lynn Johnson. The magazine confronts injured soldiers who have been using art therapy to cope with their physical and mental injuries after serving in the war. The soldiers create masks to express how they feel, red for anger, barbed wire for pain, the colors of their flag to show pride and much more.

If the magazine can prove that art therapy is helping soldiers sufficiently, then why not start funding art therapy for injured soldiers? ABC new features sneak peak photos of the art the soldiers have produced not only are these masks powerful for the viewer they are also a release for the soldiers. Being able to express themselves in a productive and healthy way, taking their minds off the platter of medications served to them each morning. Medication can help with the physical aspects of the wounded soldiers but art therapy benefits spiritual wellbeing, which soldiers need more of. If we can fund art therapy sessions for the injured at hospitals and bases it will highly benefit the wellbeing of all soldiers.