Art for Heroes: A Culture Show Special

An examination of the role of art therapy in the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tim Samuels meets veterans of recent British conflicts in the Falklands, the Persian Gulf and Northern Ireland, who reveal their personal battle with PTSD as a result of their military career. They are now using an unlikely weapon to help fight the psychological wounds of war – art.

Visiting art therapy sessions, Samuels discovers how drawing, sculpting and painting are helping the veterans manage the symptoms of PTSD. Dr Lukas Konopka, a professor of neurology in Chicago, has investigated the effects of art therapy on the brain in the treatment of PTSD. The results provide strong evidence of art’s potential to heal.


Art for Heroes: A Culture Show Special – BBC 13th Nov 2011