On February 15, 2017, Painted Brain held a workshop at our headquarters. Led by one of our interns from Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN), participants were led through the process of setting up a Pinterest account, posting articles, videos, fave photos, and more. Many participants were new to Pinterest. By the end of the workshop, everyone had a Pinterest account set up, and has already created a few boards and posted a few articles videos and photos from Google Images, Flickr, and such.
The Pinterest workshop is the first in a series of social media marketing workshops to be held as an umbrella of the Painted Brain Academy project. We have in the past provided workshops in:
Peer Leader Training,
and Social Media.
We’re working on turning it into a year-round program.
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The Enigma Within the Enigma
by Sandy Weisberg
Is this really me and not a dream –
As my rabbi tried to explain
that this reality is the dream
and that reality with God
is not a dream, but just
the mystery engulfed within
the mystery we call life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness –
The soft velvet touch of a baby’s cheek,
the cry of a lobster boiling
in a pot of bubbly water,
a woman’s stretching sigh.
Brette Tell, Angela Tuckerman, and Jane Engleman from Mental Health organization Painted Brain and spoke to various mental health consumers on issues regarding acquiring mental health services. As mental health consumers, we all know how challenging it can be sometimes to ask for help. Even after seeking help and nearby resources and using nearby resources, some problems can arise such as power differences amongst therapists and clients, receiving the wrong medication, or being improperly diagnosed. Sometimes asking for help can be the hardest thing, especially when that help isn’t properly given. At Enki, a mental health facility in East Los Angeles, Brette lead a very thoughtful ice-breaker activity where everyone got up and introduced themselves to each other. Afterwards, she briefly discussed her own story while giving some helpful tips for navigating the present day mental health system. Then Jane got up, shared a very powerful and moving poem about her own personal struggles while cheering along a new-found friend. Finally, Angela closed the Speaking Engagement with an announcement for Women’s Day as well as help lead a Q and A, giving the consumers an opportunity to ask personal questions to Painted Brain members. Flyers were passed, email addresses were gathered, and food was served. Overall, it could be considered a very productive, powerful, and successful event.
By Angela Tuckerman
I find this quote deeply disturbing yet also extremely enlightening with a painful sting of truth. We see this issue across all oppressed and stigmatized people including people of color and people with disabilities. Women make up half of the population yet we continue to subject women to extreme acts of violence, daily micro aggressions and continue to expect women to embody unrealistic roles and beauty ideals. These sources of oppression lead 50 percent of the population to experience individual and community trauma. Trauma breaks us down as individuals and as a society. It affects everyone involved including the oppressors. How can we expect to live in a fruitful and virtuous society if we do not treat all people with dignity and respect? It’s hard to persecute an entire society poisoned at its core, but the evidence is all around us. What can we do about? Organizations and movements such as Planned Parenthood, He for She Foundation, and For All Women Kind is banding together to overcome women adversity. Painted Brain is joining this force by creating our Women’s Day space. We will continue to contribute to this cause in the hope of making the world a freer and harmonious place.
How often do we smile when we want to cry? How many times do we say, “I’m fine” when we are not? We all wear a mask throughout our day. Perhaps it’s a professional, tough guy or a pretty mask. Maybe it’s the car we drive, the zip code we live in or the career we have chosen. It’s not necessarily a negative thing to wear a mask. Protecting what’s going on inside can be a healthy coping skill. If we are struggling with a personal issue at home, it may often best to leave it at home than to bring it to work.
The willingness to take off the mask is where there is opportunity for personal growth. Embracing our uniqueness and praising the individuality of others can lead to a more authentic experience of ourselves and those around us. We all have moments of feeling insecure or ashamed of our true selves. Why are we so afraid to show our authenticity? Some of us feel the need to continue to wear our mask despite the fact it may be hurting us in some way. Trying to maintain a façade of well-being or of wealth can be detrimental as we are ignoring our fiscal or mental health.
If you are feeling creative, you can make a mask and decorate it. You can identify the different aspects of your mask on the outside and identify what is happening for you internally on the inside of your mask. This exercise can help you better articulate who you are to others and gain insight about yourself.