A fascinating documentary special by the Culture Show ‘Art for Heroes’ broadcast on Remembrance day, 11/11/11 gave an interesting and convincing insight into how art therapy is helping ex-servicemen deal with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The reporter, Tim Samuels met with a number of veterans of recent British conflicts including the Falklands and
I can’t put it as well as the documentary, so I’ll stop there and just recommend you watch it!
It’s really moving and thought provoking and well worth a watch – Art for Heroes - A Culture Show Special
I also found this great Art Therapy blog whilst researching for this post - Art Therapy Blog .
Adrian Hill - One amongst Many
Adrian Hill (1895 – 1977)In 1917, Adrian Hill was the first official war artist appointed by the government to record scenes of the First World War, these works are now housed in the Imperial War Museum. Hill subsequently introduced the concept of art therapy into hospitals after being confined for TB. Hill coined the term "Art therapy" in 1942, and in 1945 published his ideas in the book "Art Versus Illness".
Hill thought that when the patient's physical resistance was at its lowest this somehow rendered the "animal ego" quiescent and allowed the creative powers of the "spiritual essence" to come through in works of art. On recovery, these creative powers would tend to wane back to the "pictorial commonplace". He recognised that war was not only physically destructive but also damaged "minds, bodies and hopes" and that the need for psychological healing was even more important than mere physical repair of "property and estate". He believed that the practice of art, "in sickness and in health" , could turn society away from war by making artistic creativity more appreciated. He saw art therapy as becoming an integral part of the National Health Service.
Adrian Hill info taken from Wikipedia - Adrian Hill