Archives for October, 2010

Chato B Stewart

[Not Quite] Midnight Madness: 9 Quotes of Chato B. Stewart’s Words Of The Wisdomless

Words Of The Widsomless: Monday, Monday:
Monday is the day to start all over again, it's a clean slate, new beginning, a fresh start... Oh GOD I HATE MONDAYS!

Words Of the Wisdomless:- Smart Goals
"It is better to make goals you CAN'T reach than NOT to make any goal at all! At least you'll be thinking of doing something, and that is ALWAYS better then doing nothing all. Now, that is smart goal setting."
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Midnight Madness: Six Quotes of Chato B. Stewart’s Words Of The Wisdomless

Words Of The Wisdomless: Keep Moving
"Do not take love for granted, no matter how much we want to hate ourselves, or no matter how much we want to give up... There is always someone out there that will love you... For me, they love for me to leave."

Words Of the Wisdomless: A Penny for your Thought
On days that are gloomy and full of uncertainties, I find what works best is to get 100 pennies and drop them around me. This way while I work through problems, I can keep my Cents about me.
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2010 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Exposed Massive Medicare Fraud Operation In Miami

A Medicare Fraud Operation was exposed in Miami.  U.S. authorities touted the case as "the largest Medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated by a single criminal enterprise.''

The Associated Press / ABC News: "The alleged scam is 'unlike anything we've seen before in terms of the nature and size of the scheme,' said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. … Authorities are still investigating whether the company actually withheld medication from patients or just doctored the charts. The therapy was supposed to be intensive counseling for patients suffering acute mental illness and are on the verge of hospitalization, but federal officials said ATC didn't give any counseling. Instead, patients were bused in and sat in rooms watching TV and playing games, authorities said" (Kennedy, 10/21)

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities are charging the nation's largest chain of community mental health centers with Medicare fraud. They say the company preyed on patients with severe dementia to bill $200 million for services that it never delivered. Prosecutors say American Therapeutic and its sister companies faked charts. And they say the companies paid the owners of assisted living facilities to bring patients to mental health centers for therapy sessions that were never held.
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- 2013 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Are You Between A Rock and a Hard Place?

In April 29, 2002 the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health was established by George W. Bush.  Highlighting this fact about stigma:
"Stigma leads to isolation, and discourages people from seeking the treatment they need. Political leaders, health care professionals, and all Americans must understand and send this message: Mental disability is not a scandal; it is an illness. And like physical illness, it is treatable, especially when treatment comes early."
The very next year Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D. the Chairman, President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health submitted the findings with the
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Universal Truth

A Universal Truth: Don’t Run With Humans

What have I told you!  Do you want to poke your eye out?

A Universal Truth: Don't Run With Humans
A Universal Truth? The only time I've ever heard that term was during all my NAMI mentor training.  Years ago, at the Peer to Peer, C.A.R.E. and Family programs and then again in the Connections training.  It got me thinking one day about other Universal Truths. That's why I drew the above cartoon about this Universal Truth... NO running with scissors...(an important Universal Truth, in my household, as a Father of Four!)  What Universal Truths have "positively" impacted your life or family?
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Break with Team Coco’s Webcam

In what has to be  one of the funniest ways to promote the new Conan late night show on TBS,  Team Coco has for the next 24 hours a live cam showing all sorts of goofy things!!

With a live webcam in a stairwell hallway, Team Coco wants people to tune into a typical day at the Team Coco headquarters. They are broadcasting for  24 hours starting October 20th at 1pm EST and ending on the 21st.

For my own Mental Health Break today, I thought I would tune in for a little bit. What happened next ending up eating up most of my day. Why can we not turn away from a train wreck? I decided to follow the Web cam until I saw Conan O'Brien...It is hard to turn off!
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Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day 2010 – WATER

Today my blog is taking part in a world wide awareness campaign that includes over 10,000 bloggers all writing about one subject... Water!

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on a single day – October 15.

Last year, more than 13,000 bloggers participated from 152 countries. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion about an important issue that impacts people around the world.
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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Cycling and Suicide

Exercise to feel well! Here's an option: How about bike riding? We all need some motivation to get off the couch, right? Exercising (or bike riding) for a good reason that could "SAVE" yourself or someone that's motivation!!

Have you heard of the National Non-Profit Suicide Prevention Agency, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)? (And, do you remember that 1979 inspiring movie, "Breaking Away"...the teen cycling team called "the Cutters" win the Indiana University Little 500 bike race?!) Well, Patrick "Cutter"...who is a Suicide PREVENTION Advocate, is trying to cross the U.S., by bicycle, from Alaska to Florida.  His goal....Get Money to SAVE!!

If cycling from Alaska to Florida is too short of a trip, how about cycling around the world?! (Think it may take longer than "80 days" however!) A British Columbia teacher living with Bipolar Disorder, Michael Schratter, hopes to cycle 25,000 miles across 6 continents and 30 countries.
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Mental Illness Awareness Week Review PSA

Mental Illness Awareness Week was a success in my eyes!  Yes, the week is over but, the idea behind the week goes on day-to-day.

We don't need a week or a month to talk about mental illness. We just need a voice! One voice can start the conversation and many voices help keep it going!

In my last post, I told you about a good project my new friend, Dani Z, was doing for MIAW. She started a Video Tribute to
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