Dave Leon is the founder and director of Painted Brain, a peer-driven media and outreach campaign for young adults with mental illnesses. He’s live now sharing his experiences and answering your questions.
If you or someone you know needs support right now, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
“It is as if Freud supplied us the sick half of psychology and we must now fill it out with the healthy half.”
Mental health survivors breaking the “sound barrier” of stigma:
Elyn Saks – USC Gould School of Law Associate Dean & Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry, & the Behavioral Sciences at USC – is one of them, and she wrote a book “The Center Cannot Hold” about her struggles with schizophrenia, how solid social support and a diabolically open mind were crucial to surviving the mental health journey.
“There’s a tremendous need to implode the myths of mental illness, to put a face on it, to show people that a diagnosis does not have to lead to a painful and oblique life….We who struggle with these disorders can lead full, happy, productive lives if we have the right resources.”
There is a Silver Lining in Mental Illness
Painted Brain is happy and proud to have Elyn as a board member of our new chapter as an independent non-profit 🙂 .
Schizophrenia survivor Tristan Scremin joined Painted Brain in 2012. Since then, he has run art programs, and a video-making workshop series at PB’s community center.
Check it out on Facebook Live!
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.
Check out the latest featured poems!
To see our full poetry gallery visit here.
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.