Archives for June, 2011

By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Sunday Stew – Is it That Things Change, or do We Just Get Bored?

Chato: What ever happened to riding the pony?

Precious: Da-da PLEASE, Can We DAD!!!

Title: Is it that things change, or do we just get bored?
Sunday is no time for serious mental health humor... I'm sure that is an oxymoron.  Still I thought, why not use Sundays to give you a glimpse into my family life with the adventures of my 4 little maledictions...(I mean blessings)...? Yes, I'm referring  to my kids!

You've see them in action in my Facing Us Video.  They are joyfully SCREAMING in the back ground and I have some photos displayed in the video recovery story.

This Family Stew is, like most of my cartoons, reflecting real events... I'm a city boy are heart... I grew up just outside Boston and the first time I ever saw a cow up close wasn't till I married and was on my honeymoon.  (Also, my wife and I have enjoyed in the past seeing/interacting with farm animals at the
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Mother, Dad Jumped in the Pool Again!!!

Sweet Pea: Mother Dad jumped in the pool again!!!

Title: Summer Fun

Today was a hot day... Normally,  I don't mind since I'm in the house with the AC cranked...Today, I had to be out and about in the sun and I felt every degree of the 93°F temperature!  How do you beat the heat?  Go swimming to cool off, maybe?  The above-cartoon, which I'm sure I've posted in the past, deserves re-posting cause it FUNdamentally fits for how I feel today.  Wish I could have gone swimming!  Aww Summer memories. 
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

BP Hope Magazine for Bipolar – Keeping You Above the Curve

Joe: Yo... Franky... Looky here, BP Hope Magazine says prolonged use of you "MIGHT' stunt your growth!!!

Originally Post ©2011BP Hope Magazine launched in the Fall of 2004 and is a "healthy living magazine."  They have been Keeping You Above the Curve by bringing cutting edge Bipolar disorder news. Published quarterly (4 issues per year) filled with interviews of peers "famous and ordinary."  Yet, I've never met an "ordinary" peer... they are all extraordinary!
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Mental Health Providers – An Oasis or Alligator Pit

Originally Post ©2011

Sign: Provider Pond

Title: You Must Be Nuts To Enter REALLY
A while back, I got an e-mail asking if I could draw a cartoon idea that someone had.  It was just before the big push for the 2011 cartoon-a-thon.  I knew I would not be able to give it much of my attention and I told the peer this via e-mail but told him to send me his ideas, anyway.

He envisioned a group of monkeys being ripped apart by alligators along side a pond (alligator pit).  I believe the idea was that there was a provider on the other side of the pond.  Not quite my style of cartoons.  Still, I told him I would give it a shot but I would put my own twist to it.  What could he say about that, he's not paying for it and I hate drawing monkeys.

That's just a little issue I have with those cute little monkeys... I hate drawing them, therefore I don't have many cartoons featuring monkeys.   Ergo, no monkeys in this cartoon above of my interpretation of his idea... or feelings about mental health providers.
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Do You Have an Alter EGO?

Chato's Ego: Chato... How long do I need to push you around in this wheelbarrow???

Title: Chato gives his EGO a workout

Genus Peponocephala: Its main specie is the Melon-headed Whale.

I have very little self-esteem; that's a fact, and if it was not for my "alter" ego...I don't think I could finish half of what I do now.

It's when that alter ego conflicts with my real life that I really worry.  It leads me to ask: WHO AM I?  Who are any of us?  What makes us stand out from one another besides the obvious?   Of course, I could be feeling this way because my wife and kids are listening to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"...Gosh, she is so depressing!

What can you do when you are your alter ego?
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Need a Laugh? Watch Stand-Up For Mental Health Comic Chato Stewart’s Video

Here I am at the DBSA 2011 conference Stand Up For Mental Health Comedy.  Yes, I wrote the Mental health jokes myself and the Mental Illness jokes to reflect my life living with Bipolar Disorder.  This is my 2nd attempt at Stand-up and I had a blast with all my peers at the DBSA conference!
I'm  so happy to "officially" have been a participant in this year's DBSA STAND-UP COMEDY WITH DAVID GRANIRER (SATURDAY, MAY 21, 7:30 pm. -- 9:00 p.m.)

David Granirer is a stand-up comic and founder of Stand Up for Mental Health.  A consumer who lives with Depression, he is also a counselor, speaker, and author.  All participants take his customized correspondent stand-up class via conference calls, e-mail and Skype.
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Melon-Headed Father

Lobster: You are not like your Melon-Headed Father! You must find your our own Porpoise!

Title: Deep Wisdom
My wife did not get this joke.  Well, not until I told her about the Genus Peponocephala electra also called the Melon-headed Whale. Don't let the term "Whale" throw you off; melon-headed whales are a dolphin species sometimes called by other names like "many-toothed blackfish" and "electra dolphin."

They are usually found in tropical warm-temperate waters throughout the world. My dad lived in Florida so I think the connection to him being a Melon-Head fit well with this cartoon...
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Month Heroes 2011 Cartoon-a-Thon: Part 1

Thank You for the most successful Cartoon-a-Thon for Mental Health Heroes!  I want to THANK all our heroes for their bravery in telling their mental health recovery stories for Mental Health Awareness Month!  I also must mention their bravery for letting me try to draw their caricatures.

The month's total was 34 Mental Health Heroes drawn with a huge push from May 30th (starting at noon Memorial Day) till May 31st at 11:30PM - during which I drew the last 10 Heroes.  Yes, I got a little behind when I flew to Texas for the DBSA conference and comedy show... I'll tell you more about that later.

Here are this year's Mental Health Month's cartoon-a-thon Mental Health Heroes!!!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Did I See Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish Playing at the Atlanta Airport?

When I was at the Atlanta airport, I thought I saw Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish.  Rucker made heads turn jumping from the pop/rock scene to go country music with his album "Learn to Live"...  But now, I thought Darius had made another huge switch over to lounge singer on a grand piano in the food court at the Atlanta airport.

Okay, when you watch the video, you can see that although they do look alike, this amazing man playing the piano at the Atlanta Airport is a bit older...  Maybe, they are related?  Who knows, but he was real cool letting me sit at table 1 and video a 15 min set.

He said his name was Pat O'tallas but I could not confirm. After his set, he disappeared and I had to catch a flight.  When I called the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport ATL Concourse about the Piano man, they referred me to the restaurant Houlihan's in the Atrium.  They told me they only have two people playing the piano. Bronco a tall fellow and Lafayette, but neither fit my description.  Maybe, Pat O'tallas is really Darius Rucker?

Either way, he was a cool guy an allowed me to record his 15 minute session while sitting in the front row.  Here's his 15 minutes of fame:
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