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Painted Brain | Peer Tech Grant, Empowering Mental Health Consumers With Tech Skills And Jobs
We're bridging communities and changing the conversation about mental illness using arts and media.
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Peer Tech Grant, Empowering Mental Health Consumers With Tech Skills And Jobs


October 2, 2018,


Kevin Naruse, Comunications Director

(310) 938-1312

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 the 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 or contact Kevin Naruse at