Mental Health Matters – Mental Health Heroes
Originally Post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor ©2011
Mental Health Awareness month is in full swing… The Cartoon-A-Thon is finishing up a week with a special event today! I had a table at the 2nd Annual “Live Happily…Walk for Healthy Minds” Walk to raise Awareness for Mental Health (See Sponsors below).
I got an opportunity to network and meet many of the local resources and health care organizations. There was a good turnout between 200 to maybe 300 people throughout the day. I got to meet some very colorful peers and mental health advocates, too. For example, the girl leading the walk made her own sign… I had to get a picture with her and the butterfly sign she painted for the walk.
I wanted to try to do something different! Something I attempted once a few years ago that was a complete and utter disaster! I wanted to draw caricatures… “LIVE” subjects. This is something I thought I could never do with the person sitting right in front of me… Drawing from a photo is a little bit easier. I can take as much time as I need without the pressure of someone waiting to see my interpretation of them through a caricature. Not to mention, all the people standing over your shoulder examining you and judging you based on every single line you draw. Last time I tried this, I crumbled under the pressure… packed up art supplies and went home with my tail between my legs. My lack of self-confidence only fueled the negativity in my mind, creating the false belief that I could NEVER attempt drawing a live subject again.
That was two years ago and I have learned a lot since then… For example, I learned that I don’t have to “FEED my fears” and insecurities with negative talk… That I can quiet the negative talk with positive affirmations. So I told myself, “I CAN DO IT” all day! Then late the night before, I made a determination to attempt to do draw caricatures of my live peer subjects. My lack of confidence almost stopped me in my tracks while I sat at my table… So, I decided to get over my inadequacies and I would use humor. I made a sign that said: “I CAN NOT DRAW… But If You Sit I’ll Draw You Badly.” I would have each person read it out load before I started and then the whole time we would joke on how bad I was doing. It was so fun and peers loved it so much. I had a line of people waiting for me to DRAW THEM BADLY! On each caricature, I wrote the victim’s name then “drawn badly”– Here are a few pics of them.
The 2nd Annual “Live Happily…Walk for Healthy Minds” Walk to raise Awareness for Mental Health Sponsored by Charlotte Behavioral Health Care as well as CJBHAC, which includes: *211, Florida Health Partners/V.O., NAMI of Charlotte County, Coastal Behavioral Health Care (FACT), Riverside Behavioral Center, The Haven and the Administrative Office of the Courts of Charlotte County.
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Stewart, C. (2011). Mental Health Matters – Mental Health Heroes. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 5, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2011/05/mental-health-matters-mental-health-heroes/