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Inspired by Kazuki Takizawa;
Painted Brain envisions strengthening individual vessels within our community by taking preventive measures to ensure a higher threshold against the social stigma surrounding mental illness. Our community center will foster and protect individuals who’ve been marginalized by the prevailing culture of our society’s negative stereotypes, providing a platform to empower empaths, creatives, and techies through workshops, meet-ups, and especially through our speakers’ bureau.
“In my Japanese culture, we sometimes refer to an individual as a vessel. Some vessels are large and can hold a lot of what life throws at it, others are small and tend to tip over much easier.” – Kazuki Takizawa
It is important to remember, each individual is unique and has their own story – what makes them tick the way they do. We cannot generalize treatment just as we wouldn’t assume to know everyone’s personal story. Mental health diagnoses are simply convenient labels, a sort of road map to help us reach a destination – our symptoms the guiding landmarks, our individual stories the history of our culture. Painted Brain’s community center wants to redefine mental health culture and democratize the process of recovery on a more individual basis.
Mental illness has been difficult for most societies to accept and empathize with as humans are very visual beings; what they see is what they get. When someone with a physical disability displays a hardship, the general public understands. When someone with mental illness is homeless, hospitalized, unemployed, or seeking government support, they are conveniently and automatically marginalized by the collective preconceived notions and stigma surrounding mental illness. While there are moments when the public begins to empathize (usually after the suicide of a sympathetic celebrity or close family member), most often this is just too little, too late.
Must we as a society of diverse cultures perpetuate our misunderstanding of mental illness? Why do humans procrastinate, finding the courage and understanding to lend support only after a calamity has happened? Culturally, we must shift our efforts from postmortem to prevention. I do not want to attend another funeral or lose another friend to suicide, I do not want to visit another relative in a rehabilitation center, or visit another cousin in jail, nor do I myself want to wake up in a jail cell ever again.
The Painted Brain Community Center can be a safety net that catches the fallen, dusts them off, and provides them with the tools they need to cope and adjust in order to secure a healthier life for themselves.
To prevent the unnecessary loss of those most at risk, we must strengthen the individual vessels.
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