The Painted Brain is a worthy model as your parish, diocese or group looks at ways to support survivors of abuse and trauma.
The Painted Brain creates lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise. It is a peer-support organization. Their online magazine, also called The Painted Brain, is a mental health blog offering voices and stories from underserved communities along with mental health facts, news, and trivia.
Based in Los Angeles, the Painted Brain offers peer-support gatherings and events as well as resources ranging from homeless care through art and occupational therapy. It also hosts “a multitude of community engagement events that provide a safe space for people with various mental health challenges. Through visiting various agencies, clubs and hosting events… the Painted Brain is able to market employment opportunities to individuals who want employment but have a difficult time finding jobs that are able to accommodate for mental health challenges.”
This group is a testimony to the strength peers find in each other when dealing with mental health challenges – and to the insights only peers offer in what is needed by their fellows navigating the world with special psychological and medical needs. Notice throughout their program descriptions the emphasis on “safety” and “feeling safe.”