From: The Honorable Thomas J. Rooney
Sent By: andrew.callahan@mail.house.gov
Date: 5/25/2016

Briefing:

 Art Therapy for Veterans with PTSD/TBI

(Mask Display)

 (Photographs by Lynn Johnson;
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/healing-soldiers/)

May 25, 12:00 p.m.

122 Cannon House Office Building

Hosted by the Congressional Military Mental Health Caucus & the Congressional Mental Health Caucus & the Congressional Arts Caucus

 

Dear Colleague,

As Co-Chairs of the Military Mental Health Caucus and in conjunction with the Mental Health Caucus and the Congressional Arts Caucus, we invite members and staff to a briefing and exhibition on the benefits of integrating art therapy in the healthcare model to treat soldiers and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Art therapy has great potential to support individuals living with PTSD and TBI, including providing them another medium to illustrate how they might be feeling or what has occurred that they might have trouble doing verbally. It is estimated that 20 percent
of veterans who served in Iraq and 11 percent who served in Afghanistan suffer from PTSD.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently conducting a study to evaluate how art therapy can improve the lives of veterans with PTSD and TBI.

The briefing will include remarks by Melissa Walker, a Creative Arts Therapist
at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Ms. Walker runs the program for members of the military who have suffered traumatic brain injury and psychological
problems.

The briefing will also include a display of the masks referenced above and illustrations of how veterans have found them beneficial.

To RSVP or find our more, please contact Andrew Callahan in Rep. Rooney’s office at
Andrew.Callahan@mail.house.gov
or Zeik Malone in Rep. Ryan’s office at Zeik.Malone@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

   TOM ROONEY, TIM RYAN

Co-Chairs, Military Mental Health Caucus

GRACE F. NAPOLITANO

Chair, Mental Health Caucus