Archives for May, 2012

By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Our Last 2012 Mental Health Hero is LISA CHALKLEY


I'm using my recovery from personality disorders to change into an amalgamation of Miss Marple and Marilyn Monroe. I love laughter, friends and food, all at the same time. If I'm not writing comedy songs, painting or dancing around the kitchen in my pj's, I'll be tucked up with a thriller, my cats and a game of scrabble.
Always fighting for mental health services, awareness and training in the new ways we can use social media & the web to disseminate information and aid recovery. I love media and PR - even though they make me feel dirty.

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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Hero: Crystal D Choate


Crystal D Choate
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Crystal D Choate grew up in Brea, CA, 10 miles from Disney Land (I LOVE Disneyland). She was always hitchhiking all over, or taking the bus, skipping school and getting bus transfers to places like San Diego and Big Bear.

In her words, she was,"wild...I tell ya! Wild!"

Crystal goes on to say, "I make myself laugh even when I don't feel like it. It's like an adrenaline rush. I focus on humour to lighten my life."

If you were marooned on an island, name three things you would take with you:

Dang...it's always only 3 things! One ton of chocolate. Two tons of tea. And then an ax. I'm hoping I will have my glasses so I can start a fire, and I hope there is water, i hate fishy things to eat, but i would eat stuff out of the sea or rivers if I had to survive...yuckkitty..

What motivates you?

Lots of things motivate me. Light, hot, bright sunshine. My parents, children and friends. If I can help just one person, I have done a great job of being a good example. People laughing motivates me. Eating right so I don't have pain motivates me!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Hero: Donna Mae Jenkins


Donna Mae Jenkins
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Donna Jenkins is a dynamic advocate for the subject of mental health here in Florida.  Continuously ahead of the curve on the latest mental health legislation affecting Florida peers, Donna distributes mental health information/news (with positive and encouraging messages) to her friends, and to social media friends and colleagues, via email.

Donna lives life by the biblical example of Matthew 7:12 “All things, therefore, that YOU want men to do to YOU, YOU also must likewise do to them.” She is often the first person to give encouragement and support to her fellow peers, and is one of the most positive people I've had the pleasure of meeting! (Online, that is).

Frequently, I get short messages from Donna. You know the type: short but sweet and to the point. It’s comforting when others take the time to be thoughtful enough to send a message to you. It really makes your day! Here’s what I recently got from Donna.

"Chato, Love your cartoons and your style of humor. - Donna Jenkins"

Thank you Donna!

Here is a fun fact: In the 60’s, Donna worked on the Space program and USA’s race to the moon. She says it was "very exciting times - to think we were the first to make this a probability!"
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Hero Muffy Walker: The Founder and President of the International Bipolar Foundation


Muffy Walker
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Muffy Walker was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Rancho Santa Fe with her husband John C. Reed and their three sons. In 1983, Walker graduated with a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.

She worked in the mental health field for over 18 years until she moved to California, where she obtained her MBA with a focus in marketing from the University of California-Irvine.

Walker has owned several companies, both for and not for profit, and is the founder and President of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). After learning that her youngest son had Bipolar Disorder, Walker joined other mental health boards and ultimately started IBPF.

She has served on a plethora of boards, including Children's Hospital, Kids Korps USA, NeighborHelp, ChildHelp USA, and has dedicated the past 10 years of her life to championing the education of the public about mental illness. Walker's interests include travel, tap dancing, community theater and Thai cooking.
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

Mental Health Hero: Electroboy – Andy Behrman


Electroboy - Andy Behrman
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Electroboy - Memoir Mania Andy Behrman
Electroboy Behrman

Andy Behrman is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania, published by Random House. His book has been translated into six languages. He is a mental health advocate and speaker who promotes mental health awareness, suicide prevention and fights stigma when speaking to college audiences, mental health care professionals and local and national mental health support groups.

His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine, and he is a frequent contributor to About Bipolar Disorder (this site) and Help For Depression.
He has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, NPR Radio and on the cover of Bp Magazine. He was interviewed by Stephen Fry for his documentary, "Secret Life of a Manic Depressive," which aired on the BBC, and he will appear in a documentary called "In His Own Mind," a film which traces his illness over a period of decade, directed and produced by Brian Cresto.

Behrman maintains a website at www.electroboy.com and can be found on Twitter @electroboyusa. He lives in Los Angeles with his two daughters who are five and seven, and never dreamed he would attend a Parent Association Meeting in his lifetime.
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Mental Health Heroes: Don MacMannis and Debra M. MacMannis


Don MacMannis & Debra M. MacMannis
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Don MacMannis & Debra M. MacMannis are a husband and wife team at home and at the office.

Celebrating over thirty years together, they have simultaneously served as directors of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara, a non-profit organization they founded in 1979, which "train[s] professionals in the use of effective therapies, and educates the public about issues relevant to the family's improved health and well-being." (FTISB.org).

Don and Deb have overseen the clinical work of fourteen therapists, providing help to hundreds of clients each year. They are co-authors, not only of the blog "Parenting Tips" on PsychCentral, but a recently published book, "How's Your Family Really Doing? 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family."
How's Your Family Really Doing is an information packed little book that delivers tools and resources that are useful to family therapists as well as the layperson reading this book. This is by far the most comprehensive and well researched book I've read that covers the "all you need to know about parenting" in order to raise happy and healthy children. - Via amazon comment
Don and Debra have lived in Santa Barbara, Ca., for the past thirty-two years. They have two fine sons who have left the nest but still live in California. They share a love of games, music,  biking, hiking, travel, movies and art. Oh, yes and DANCING!
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Mental Health Hero: Tracy Love


Tracy Love
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Tracy Love has transformed her life experiences in mental health and the criminal justice systems for positive change.
Her passion for her work as an advocate and wellness educator began 10 years ago after being misdiagnosed for over 25 years. Since then, she has become a consumer leader/voice on a local and state level throughout California and nationally.
"Currently my dedication is focused on working with the African American community as a leader in cultural attunement for the healing from inter-generation trauma. I also work as one of the lead trainers in (Emotional) eCPR."
Tracy is the proud mother of 2 sons (29 & 20). And has an extreme passion for music, baseball, dancing and crab-kinging herself up.

Tracy Love
Wellness Educator/Advocate
(510) 459-8520 (Cell) www.emotional-cpr.org
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Eight Hour Cartoon-A-Thon Marathon For Mental Health Month

I just finished a 8 hour cartoon-a-thon marathon - drawing and inking 9 Mental Health Hero caricatures.  Now all I have to do is scan each one then clean up the black and white images and start to color them.

It will be another 8 hours before that is done.  Nonetheless, the fact is I've drawn a total of 33 Caricatures for Mental Health month so far!!! Yahoo!!

The kids are working hard...
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Mental Health Hero Mary Ellen Copeland – WRAP and Recovery


Mary Ellen Copeland
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Mary Ellen Copeland is an author, educator and mental health recovery advocate. Her work is based on her on-going study of the day-to-day coping strategies of people who experience psychiatric symptoms, and how people have gotten well and stayed well.

She undertook these studies because of her personal frustration from dealing with her own recurring symptoms. She has achieved long term wellness and stability by using many of the coping strategies she learned while writing her books.

Mary Ellen develops resources and training programs based on her findings. She has traveled around the world with her husband, Ed Anthes, teaching recovery concepts, skills and strategies to people who experience symptoms, their supporters and care providers. She is well known in the worldwide mental health recovery movement.


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Mental Health Hero: Chato’s Wife


Chato's Wife
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Hi! I feel so privileged and honored to be included, however, I am no hero...just an ordinary woman relying on her faith to help her cope with extraordinary family circumstances.

My thoughts, prayers and "respect" go to all True Heroes--those living with the day-to-day, moment-to-moment challenges of chronic illness, pain of any kind and to their caregivers and loved ones!!

I'm thankful for the courageous example of the hero in my life, you know him as Chato Stewart. My husband has been a mentor of mine for 20 plus years now. The lessons he teaches have not always been funny or easy, but necessary for my personal growth as an individual. I am still a work in progress, but hope to reach my full potential some day...

I've learned the importance of distinguishing the "real" person from the symptoms of his illness. I've learned the value of patience, endurance, forgiveness and compassion when dealing with unexpected, unforeseen chaos. I've learned a family can survive many emotional tsunamis with God's help and with support of true friends. Most of all, I've learned LOVE...."bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things....because Love never fails."
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Mental Health Hero: Day Lou – Chato’s Sister


Day Lou - Chato's Sister
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
She has supported me, listened to me when I've been balanced and heard me when I needed help; even calling the police once when I was suicidal and saved my life one night back in June of 2004. Yes, this is my sister and my friend. She is also my Mental Health Hero!

She is a mother of 3 living outside Boston. She is a wonderful mother and provider for the family. She reads the Bible daily and is a faithful woman. She is fearless, funny and frankly, fantastic!

My sister is an excellent letter writer, but it's odd - she doesn't email me that often, besides sending me cute photos of babies and cats/kittens!  She also comments a lot on my RSS blog feed when she likes a cartoon I drew.

Day was once a black belt karate champion and can cook an awesome veggie lasagna!

Luv ya big sis!

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Mental Health Hero Amy Ebbeson: Teaching Mental Health


Amy Ebbeson
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
I have the honor and privilege of teaching Mental Health at Worcester State University. It is amazing to me that for many of my students, this is the first time mental health issues have been talked about in an educational setting.

This is real, it affects all of us. I have been teaching the class for over ten years, every semester, and whenever I do, at least a few students disclose their own struggles. Stigma has us believing that mental illness is "those people"- so we better not talk about it, lest we be judged.

It's not "those people." It's me, you, our neighbors and friends. In fact, I don't know if it is possible to be mentally healthy in American culture where people's value is attached to their checkbook and their physical attributes.

Stigma and oppression are keeping people from leading the best life they can imagine and we should do everything we can to put a stop to it ! For me, my mental health comes from having a purpose and a loving family - music therapy, pet therapy and being outdoors also top the list.
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Mental Health Hero Lee Horbachewski Says, “You are not alone. You are loved.”


Lee Horbachewski
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
“You are not alone. You are loved.” Words that Lee Horbachewski lives and breathes, to let others know they are not alone through the journey of depression and anxiety.

Lee’s book, “A Quiet Strong Voice – my journey through depression, anxiety and attempted suicide” is about to be released. This is a tell-all memoir of the dark times she faced in 2004 and how she moved through them, to choose life.

“This book is the book I wish I had when I was in the psychiatric ward. Short, easy to read with larger text and something I could relate to.” Says Lee.

Together with a passionate group of individuals, Lee created with Going Blue 4 U campaign in 2011 that reached across Canada. The campaign was dubbed “the awareness campaign putting a colorful spin on the blues” by the media and got people talking about mental illness in a lighthearted, casual way.

Lee is working hard behind the scenes to create an even better campaign in 2012.
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