For all of the trauma in the world there is a shortage of qualified mental health professionals to provide much needed emotional and psychological support
A lot of people want to help survivors of trauma but don't know where to start
First Aid Arts exists to train and support people just like you to provide emotional and psychological first aid for trauma survivors
We live in a world overwhelmed with trauma. There are 65 million displaced people, 29.8 million estimated slaves—entire cultures disrupted by abuse and disaster.
Beyond the body
We know that when disaster happens, we send first aid to address physical wounds. This stabilizes someone until they can start taking care of themself or until they can get to a medical professional that can help them further.
But the effects of disaster are not just physical; trauma affects your body, mind, spirit and relationships. First Aid Arts trains people how to use tools to address basic mental and emotional and relational health.
When your brain experiences trauma or stress it goes into survival mode operating out of your amygdala. Think fight, flight, or freeze. This is a natural way for your brain and body to protect or defend itself.
However, if you keep experiencing trauma or stress, then your brain remains in survival mode which means your critical thinking center (prefrontal cortex) remains offline bringing self-awareness, emotion regulation and interpersonal skills to a halt.
When you do art and create you are actually making neuro-pathways in your brain that help you regain access to your critical thinking center, and with that normal self-awareness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal skills.
Creativity for healing
When something traumatic happens and your brain goes into survival mode, your memories of that event might be unspeakable both because it was horrifying and because your brain was not storing whole memories. They become fragmented, stored in nonverbal memory in your brain and body.
Neuroscience has proven that the antidote to trauma is creativity. Whether it is making music, drawing, journaling, dancing, cooking — you choose — just participating in the act of creativity is allowing you to express those fragments in ways that words cannot.