To save children from the devastating effects of terror and conflict through groundbreaking psychological aid delivered immediately as needed.
An emergency, psychological first aid ket designed by psychiatrists, art therapists, first responders and caregivers to slow or stop the onset of new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder in children living through terror attacks or other crises situations.
The Healing Arts Kits were created by Artists 4 Israel to help children affected by physical attacks through a creative triage of the spirit in the critical first hours after exposure to trauma.
Designed by mental health professionals, art therapists, teachers and parents, the Healing Arts Kits are designed to help children regain a sense of peace and security by drawing upon the therapeutic power of creativity as well as provide a positive distraction during emergency moments.
The Kits provide support from the earliest moments with EMT first responders to the months at home with families living with the day-to-day realities of PTSD.
Artists 4 Israel's Healing Arts Kits will allow Israel's first responders to be as effective at treating children's emotional trauma as they currently are at physical injury.
The aim of terrorism is often more about creating mental damage than large scale casualties. These mental wounds - often solidified in the first minutes and hours after an attack - are sometimes far harder to heal than physical damage. Our Kits immediately break the mental loops that create scarring.
We seek to slow if not outright stop PTSD!
Further, with these Kits in the hands of EMTs and medics, they can provide them to children at the scene of an emergency so that they can attend to physical needs without interruption.
IN BOMB SHELTERS:
sraeli bomb shelters are usually well stocked with physical provisions, but it is the emotional damage of flight into a shelter that often has the longest lasting effects. Artists 4 Israel's Healing Arts Kits are a ready-for-use tool to help lessen fear and anxiety, as well as exercises meant to mentally take children out of the shelter and into a safe and secure place within their minds.
PTSD and many of the disorders stemming from exposure to violence hinge upon the first 20 minutes of memory after a traumatic event. The Kits subtly shift a child's attention away from the atmosphere of fear into a creative and relaxed state along with exercises that guide a child's imagination to restructure the environment from severe stress into one that promotes healing.
The A4I Arts Aid Kit equips families with the tools necessary to help their youngest, most vulnerable members to recover as quickly as possible from trauma by providing well-researched mental health care cleverly contained in creative children's "games" and "art activities."
In the wake of terrorist attacks or war, most parents are suffering from trauma themselves and lack the tools necessary to full aid their children. Artists 4 Israel's Healing Arts Kits is geared towards the specific needs of the family. The home version contains instructions for use immediately following exposure to violence as well as long term uses to treat PTSD.