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Remembering Past Mental Health Heroes

Monday, April 30th, 2012

With less then 12 hours to the start of the 2012 Cartoon-a-thon for mental health heroes, it’s always good to reflect and remember some of our heroes from last year.

They are still heroes today! Here are some of last year’s Mental Health Month’s cartoon-a-thon Mental Health Heroes!!!

I… love it! You are so talented….and what a great message this campaign of yours highlights. So wonderful that your 8 yr old little girl loves creating too. It’s a great gift to be creative… Chato, thanks for the cartoon tribute. It’s a wonderful campaign to honor Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m delighted to be included in the list of heroes. And tell your daughter I love her rendition!

~Dr. Deb



Sunday, April 29th, 2012

A Window To Laughter and Certification
Since when did laughter become a billable therapy? There are a few locations where you can actually get certified as a Laugh Therapist or a Doctor of Mirth.

While I love the idea – the idea of using humor (laughing) to deal with stress and many other issues that come up in life, it’s not a new thing. Laughter can help in the healing process of Depression, Bipolar Disorder and many other mental health issues. What strikes me as NOT funny is the price tag of some of these classes or programs have to get “certified.” It makes me laugh – mostly cause I can’t afford any of them!

This is a situation I’ve come across a few times in my life. For example; I cleaned windows for 25 years. I remember the window cleaning industry getting all up in arms about “certification” for window cleaners. On one popular forum in the late 90′s, I remember one member saying something to the effect “OH PLEASE, maybe when robots clean windows!” That became a running joke.

Who would be doing the certification? Who would enforce the violations and on and on? Back in 80′s and 90′s it seemed like a joke. Thirty years later, there are many certifications for the “professional” window cleaner. They are designed to educate window cleaners. Here are a few:

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