Archives for September, 2011

By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

We All Need Encouragement – Here is how Mr. Clint Rayner Encouraged Chato Stewart

Clint Rayner Mental Health Hero 2010 Cartoon-A-Thon for Mental Health Awareness Month.

I recently got an e-mail from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Florida Department of Children and Families.  It was from Clinton Rayner, the director who oversees all the Mental Health Consumer and Stakeholder Affairs for all of Florida.

It was so encouraging to me I wanted to share it, and hopefully to set a precedent that many others will follow... I need outside validation. So send me lots of encouragement. :)
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

6 of My Words Of the Wisdomless

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Yes, Balance Anxiety, Fail Anger Imagination. - That does not make any sense till you read my Words Of The Wisdomeless... Then it will really confuse you.

The following quotes were all written by me, I take full responsibility for their effect on your funny bone.  Hopefully one or two will tickle it.
Words Of the Wisdomless: Anxiety
How do I know if your Anxiety is cured? If you can answer the phone without trepidation or dread because the caller ID is not working, then it's cured... For the rest of us, we can just let the caller go straight to voicemail.

Words Of the Wisdomless: Anger
I read some where that anger is depression turned inwards. I also read that depression can make you angry. Now, what I didn't read is how to cure depression that really tick's me Off and boils my blood!

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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

ADHD High Risk in Pregnant Woman Who Smoke

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Caption: ADHD High Risk in Pregnant Woman Who Smoke


What JOY to bring a new life into the world! Most women want their baby born healthy and to live a long, happy life! Did you know that recent research and studies show “pregnant women who smoke may be at a higher risk of having a child with ADHD”?

Secondhand smoke in the home, according to new research, poses a “50% increased risk (to children exposed) of developing two or more behavioral and
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Home: My Sanctuary, My Sanitarium, My Asylum!

Originally Posted on http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor YOU need permission use ©2011Get My Newsletter Caption:  Home:  My Sanctuary, My Sanitarium, My Asylum!


My home is my sanctuary, sanitarium and asylum... all in one! When I go out, it's only to the do some shopping or pay a bill and or take the kids out to give Mom a respite. The cartoon really touches home for me.  Sometimes, I feel safe in my little corner of my room.  Other times, it's where I lick my wounds to heal. Then when times are rough, my room feels like a little padded cell.  Is it just me? or does anyone else feel this way, too?
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Rainbow Therapy

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Today was just an average day here in Florida, with an average, hot day hitting about 92 degrees and 30% chance of precipitation/T-storms.  When suddenly, a huge thunderstorm whipped up some torrential downpours and some flash flooding of a few streets.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

7 Steps to Reaching Your Potential

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Sign: {Potential}

Tommy: {{trying to reach sign}}

Title: Little Tommy Could never reach his Potential.
I was reading a post the other day by Jonathan Cunningham, a Guest Blogger for PickTheBrain. The post was entitled, 7 Concrete Steps to Reach Your Full Potential. I thought it would go well with my cartoon today. I did not feel comfortable copying all of his post, so you can check it out with the link below.

I will just quote his subtitles and use all the free public domain quotes.
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The Voice of Hope: Words Of the Wisdomless

Get My Newsletter Part 5 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

(Part 1 The Voice of HOPE: Humor in the Darkness of Mental Illness)
(Part 2 The Voice Of Hope: Humor to Escape Mental Illness)
(Part 3 The Voice of Hope: Positive Mental Health Humor)
(Part 4 The Voice of Hope: When Did you start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons)
(Part 5 The Voice of Hope: Words Of the Wisdomless)


Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. - Dianne Stringer

Dianne: Any pearls of wisdom you can share would be wonderful!

Chato: People need to know it's ok to talk about mental illness! Humor doesn't just break the ice to help people feel comfortable talking about mental health, it builds bridges to connect people living with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder with those who don't understand the illness by opening up channels of communication.
One of my favorite pearls of wisdom: "Live Life Like a Cartoon and Always Bring Your Eraser."
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

The Voice of Hope: When Did You Start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons?

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Part 4 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

(Part 1 The Voice of HOPE: Humor in the Darkness of Mental Illness)
(Part 2 The Voice Of Hope: Humor to Escape Mental Illness)
(Part 3 The Voice of Hope: Positive Mental Health Humor)


Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. - Dianne Stringer

Dianne: What possesses you to draw?

Chato: Drawing the cartoons, like I mentioned earlier, started while I was in the psychiatric ward. What kept me drawing them was selfish reasons… You see, I was using the cartoons as art therapy. It wasn't until I posted three cartoons online, after a friend encouraged me to make a website for them, that I realized the power behind something as simple as a cartoon to bring a little smile to one of my peers.

Within less than two months, I was hired as a blogger for mental health at a blogging network. In May 2010, I started blogging at Psych Central (established in 1995). It’s the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. I feel right at home blogging; not to mention meeting many mental health advocates and peers helps me feel that I'm not alone in my recovery.
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The Voice of Hope: Positive Mental Health Humor

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Part 3 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

(Part 1 The Voice of HOPE: Humor in the Darkness of Mental Illness)
(Part 2 The Voice Of Hope: Humor to Escape Mental Illness)


Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. - Dianne Stringer

Dianne: Have your cartoons always been relatively positive? If not, tell me about that.

Chato: Dianne, I started drawing the Mental Health Humor cartoons during my last vacation in the Crisis Stabilization Unit at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in Punta Gorda, Florida in 2008. Right from the start, the cartoons were meant to be positive with a little flavor of skepticism.

My goal was to draw cartoons from the point of view of the consumer (survivor/patient). I figured, it's about time that some cartoons focus on situations Mental Health Consumers deal with. Yet at the same time, give us a chance to laugh. Not to laugh at ourselves because we’re mentally ill… No, never, rather find humor in some of the situations we get ourselves into.
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The Voice Of Hope: Humor to Escape Mental Illness

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Part 2 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.


(Part 1 The Voice of HOPE: Humor in the Darkness of Mental Illness)

Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. - Dianne Stringer

Dianne: Have you always used humour to escape….or to connect? What is the difference?

Chato: Humor is used not only to escape and connect but to divert and draw in… When we hear someone laughing, who doesn't turn, out of curiosity, to see what’s so funny? Still, I believe many of us use humor mostly as an escape from unwanted or unpleasant situations. I used humor when I was a child to deal with my turbulent relationship with my father… I quickly became the class clown in school. I think this was mainly due to the fact that I was dyslexic and had difficulty reading and learning in traditional ways. I could remember audible information and had a logical mind, so I was able to graduate high school without ever reading one book cover to cover.

Thirty years ago, there was no such thing as ADD or ADHD of which, I’m sure, I would have been labeled. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder that I ever thought of using humor for anything other than drawing attention away from my lack of education.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

The Voice of HOPE: Humor in the Darkness of Mental Illness

Get My Newsletter I was privileged and honored to be part of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter. Recently I was interviewed by Dianne Stringer who is the Peer Support Coordinator and a Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada. Their Mission:
To establish viable partnerships between patient/consumers, families, caregivers and the community, to support patient/consumers during treatment, recovery and return to their communities of choice.
The Patient/Client & Family Council (PCFC) is a consumer owned and operated, non-profit organization, and they endeavor to establish viable partnerships between patient/clients, families, caregivers and the community, and to support clients during treatment, recovery and the return to their communities of choice.

Here is part One of the article:
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2011 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself

Get My Newsletter Franklin D. Roosevelt Quote: "Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself"

Pitcher: {{Pitch winding up to pitch a fast ball }}

Title:  Yes, we need to face our fears. Surely this doesn’t mean our fear of getting hit in the face with a fast ball!  Right?
Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself
It has been a while since I've had a full-blown anxiety attack.  Is this because I have been taking medication to offset the anxiety?  Nope!  Is itbecause I am using cognitive therapy to deal with the anxiety? Nope!  Then tell me, Chato, why is your anxiety GONE?!

I don't know! 
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Use SPAM Blog Comments to Build Self-Esteem

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Use SPAM blog Comments to Build Self-Esteem
IF ONLY...I was as smart as my comment spammer says I am!  (If you blog then you know what I mean.)  Not every comment is a good comment!  I'm not talking about my blog readers who feel compelled to comment... I LOVE those comments, good or bad.  I LOVE the fact that someone was moved enough to say something about my cartoons.  No, I'm talking about the spammers and content scrapers.  Many who never read a post and use an automated program to leave the same comment on 100's if not 1000's of blogs, hoping some will get by and show up on the post...It's what's referred to as comment spamming and an old black hat.

So, getting back to wishing I was as smart as the comments... here are a few samples:
"Outstanding post, I think people should acquire a lot from this web site its real user genial"

"It’s exhausting to search out educated folks on this matter, however you sound like you understand what you’re talking about!"

"I like this blog it’s a master piece! Glad I discovered this on google."
Of course, some might not think these comments are spam.  However, when you see they are not from "people" but rather products or linked to scraped/stolen content from the post they are commenting on, it becomes very clear they are just a spammer trying to steal a back link to their junk website. 
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