Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?

By Chato B. Stewart

 Not long ago, war trauma was treated with compassion, understanding and love. But today, the willingness to empathize with the warrior and listen to his experiences has been replaced by a psychiatric pop-a-pill “quick-fix” mentality that employs antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.~*Drugging The Military

Suicide in the Military – What is the Solution?

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9 11: Remember

By Chato B. Stewart

World Trade Center’s Twin Towers: 9 11 Tribute with Twin Towers Memorial.

I felt compelled to draw the above tribute today.  I kept seeing images of the World Trade Center in my mind but it was transparent – fading ~ yet it was an ever-present, unabating image.  If you read between the lines, you may theoretically come up with your own meaning of the imaginary. It  can mean anything to you…I found it comforting.  So I drew it. I drew what was in my head.

It was my own art therapy for dealing with today 9/11, my way to remember with out hate, anger, fear or anxiety. Steadily forging ahead each day, not soon to forget the loss and tragedy that caused great suffering, rather opting to heal. It’s all part of the grieving process.

Below are two other Mental Health Humor Cartoons I’ve drawn in the past and the 12th year I drew for my wife’s blog Joan Winifred.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/wellness/files/2013/09/Sketch911937212.jpg

 

9 11 Tribute

2008 Mental Health Humor - 9 11 Remember - Chato Stewart

 

 



Suicide Prevention: The Most Powerful Words You Should Never Forget!

By Chato B. Stewart

 

On the evening of September 10th, I walked for suicide prevention as the sunset at Gilchrist park, Punta Gorda.

I was given the above-piece of paper to pin on my shirt and to write “WHO” I was walking for? “I AM WALKING FOR”…many walked for loved ones that had lost their battles/lives to mental illness. Others walked to support family and/or friends.  I wrote I walk for: me.

No, not as a joke for Mental Health Humor, but as a serious statement of a living/breathing participant and for all my peers who sadly couldn’t walk for themselves. I did not expect anyone to notice or say anything to me about writing walking for “ME.”

One woman, who was walking for suicide prevention, came up to commend me for personally walking for my “mental health.”  We talked for a bit. Her amazing story was so empowering. I asked if she would say a few words on video for my readers…What she said next are the most powerful words you should never forget if you live with a mental health disorder.

Here is what she said:

You are not alone, say it now: say it again, “You’re Not alone!”

Words that, at the right time, can save a life!  Something we should write down and repeat daily to remind us. These simple words of hope can hold so much power…Yes, if the words are coming from the right source, from the right person and at the right time.

 



Are You Affected By Public Service Announcements:

By Chato B. Stewart

Remember – “This Is Your Brain on Drugs or the Rachael Leigh Brain on Heroin?”

You may not remember the PSA for the: “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign.  I remember these Public Service Announcements from 1980′s.  I think due to the simplicity and effectiveness of the message…they got me to try drugs (It’s a joke people).

The  PSA “shows a man (played by John Roselius) in a starkly furnished apartment who asks if there is anyone out there who still doesn’t understand the dangers of drug abuse. He holds up an egg and says, “This is your brain,” before picking up a frying pan and adding, “This is drugs.” He then cracks open the egg, fries the contents, and says, “This is your brain on drugs.” Finally he looks up at the camera and asks, “Any questions?”

Original Rachael Leigh Cook Brain on Drugs

The eggs of PSA made Time magazines 2013 top ten list of all time PSA but nothing is more shocking and more powerful then Times “#1 OMG L@@K OUT!”

I will not add it to this post since it’s about teen texting. If you watch that video beware, it is gruesome and powerful.  It will make you never want to drive and text again.

Do PSA’s Work?

 This Mental Health Humor cartoon is part of the Over-Medicated.com series.



 

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