St. Augustine Beach sand art workshop helps veterans cope with stress, PTSD

Sand art workshop to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat stress, and other challenges

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A unique, mental health workshop was held in St. Augustine Beach on Wednesday for a group of female veterans with the goal of addressing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), stress, and other challenges.

Project Odyssey with the Wounded Warrior Project is a mental health program that uses adventure-based learning to help warriors manage and overcome their invisible wounds, enhance their resiliency skills, and empower them to live productive and fulfilling lives.

Jacksonville Beach sand artists, Craig Misiewicz, Trey Phillips and Dana Hutson, showed how sand sculptures (sandcastles and mandalas) can be a relaxing way to unwind.

The Wounded Warrior Project said this challenges vets to step outside their comfort zone while improving coping and communication skills.

Click here to learn more about Project Odyssey.

Project Odyssey

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Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.