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October 2, 2018,
Kevin Naruse, Social Media Director
Painted Brain, a nonprofit focusing on the importance of mental health and peer technology support and development. Peers leading the project are certified as Peer Technical Leaders conducting outreach and training millennial mental health consumers in learning how to use chat-based support apps to create community and improve mental health.
Through the first of its kind grant awarded by CalMHSA in partnership with the Department of Mental Health, Painted Brain has hired graduates from the Painted Brain: 5 Module Peer Tech program.
The grant has provided the opportunity to build out the Peer Tech workforce development program at Painted Brain with a goal in addressing individuals that lack connection to a support group. The suite of apps provides a platform for individuals to connect online, listen, and share their stories of adversities; in turn, having accountability and soundboard to vent and prevent isolation.
The intended outcome of this grant is to establish the Los Angeles County supported peer-driven apps that are effective in strengthening communication and building community. Painted Brain was the chosen organization to assemble Peer Tech Leaders to disseminate the Tech Suite Apps, and provide useful data on how to improve users’ experience.
Painted Brain is a nonprofit organization that strives to generate a revolutionary change about the stigma of mental health using technology and peer-driven support. Its mission is to create lasting community-based solutions to mental health challenges and the impact of social injustice through arts, advocacy, and enterprise. The Peer Tech project is a movement to empower disenfranchised communities living with mental illness through technology. For more information on Painted Brain or Painted Brain Tech visit www.paintedbrain.org or contact Kevin Naruse at email@example.com.