the painted brain intends to help people accept each other as they are and to help people accept themselves as they are. through our activities, the painted brain creates a community of young adults to break down the isolation of mental illness. we actively challenge the prevailing stereotypes or about mental illness.
many of the people involved with the painted brain have personal experiences with mental illness or are close to people that have. we create a space where people who work in the mental health community work alongside young people living with mental illness. we have featured the work of more than one hundred and twenty young people from around the country in the magazine.
the painted brain project is directed by dave leon, a social worker who had a vision of media development as a method for community development when he began his work with young adults with mental illness in 2004. the painted brain relies on the work of social work interns, a group of five peers that run art groups and earn a monthly stipend, an advisory board and community members.