This activity that creates a visual representation of a person's trauma and its impact can be highly therapeutic aid in self-expression and processing. Click here for a DIY suggestion. Above are masks created by Veterans suffering from PTSD. You can read the full article here. Below are descriptions of the masks above (numbered left to right, top to bottom)
- This mask from an army medic features the quote "I have destroyed my life and myself so that others may live'
- This Marine depicts a 'split sense of self' in his mask
- 'The Shock of Death' shows the traumatic memory of seeing an Iraqi killed after a gunshot wound to the head
- 'Emotional Hostage' is the name of this mask
- This mask shows the soldier's need to camouflage to try and acclimate back into society
- This mask dually examines the significance of death and the surviving spirit that exist once a person is killed.
- Fingerprints on the nose and chin represent resuscitation efforts by this commanding Marine for troops he lost.
- The three stitches represent the healing process the soldier feels at Walter Reed
- The soldier who created this mask wanted to show his trouble with opening up to his emotions