Broken Crayons Still Colour | PTSD UK Art Book
Broken Crayons Still Colour: Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Through Art is AVAILABLE NOW!
PLEASE NOTE: This book contains explicit content and themes
We know first-hand that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can make you feel helpless, alone and isolated from those around you – but having a book, filled with beautiful imagery and insightful words which lets you see that you’re not alone, is something that we felt would be so valuable in moments of despair when you’re looking for comfort from PTSD or C-PTSD. Just knowing that other people have those same thoughts, feel the same overwhelming fear and dread that you have and physically experienced their trauma time and time again like you do at night, can provide reassurance, comfort and ultimately feelings of empowerment and resilience to help you work towards recovery when you’re ready.
Art therapy has increasingly shown significant and sustained benefit as a complementary and integrative therapy option for people with PTSD and C-PTSD. Trauma affects both the verbal and non-verbal aspects of memory and art therapy can allow the brain to open up in a different way to other therapies, enabling complex feelings to be expressed. It can provide a safe environment for authentic expression, an opportunity to ‘verbalise’ inner emotions without having to talk, can help contain overwhelming emotions and help reconcile feelings of guilt.
This collection of almost 200 unique artwork pieces (including poetry, illustrations, digital design, glasswork, sculpture and quilting) express the experiences of people affected by PTSD and C-PTSD and were kindly submitted to PTSD UK for the creation of this book.
The book also contains several pages at the back for you to write, doodle or scribble your own thoughts and feelings and create your own artwork!
All profits from this book will be donated to PTSD UK – the only charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (both PTSD and Complex PTSD) – the causes, symptoms & the treatments available – no matter the trauma that caused it.