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The Great Pumpkin and the Shame of Cutting

Monday, October 29th, 2012

 Mr Great Pumpkin how do you reply to reports that you advocate cutting and Self-injury???

News Reporter: Mr. Great Pumpkin how do you reply to reports that you advocate cutting and Self-injury???Caption: News Flash: Pumpkin Cutting on the Rise

Each year the The Peanuts gang would make fun of Linus as he wasted time in the pumpkin patch waiting for the great pumpkin. I really think there is a lot we can learn from Linus and his patiently waiting year-in and year-out for the great pumpkin to appear. I believe, we can make the analogy of anyone of us who live with a serious mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia who are waiting for our great pumpkin that will bring us back our reality or everything that we have lost in the process of our recovery. Whether Linus knew it or not, he was really setting an example that we can emulate…have faith and patience and never stop hoping and dreaming for a better future.

Secondly, I would like to raise the issue of the great pumpkin and his inability to stop this self- injury and cutting. I believe this is my second cartoon dealing with self- injury. It’s kind of funny to me that the last cartoon was Mrs. potato head and this cartoon is a pumpkin. I’m not sure if that is done subconsciously or not, but it does not escape my notice and it cracks “me” up.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/files/2010/10/2010-johns-pumkins-patch-Pumpkin-Paranoia-or-Pumpkin-Intuition.jpg

It was March of 2008 that right after a hospital visit I last had a bout with self-injury. I progressed from cutting to burning and branding and this March will be five years that I last used self-injury to deal with my emotional distress. It also marks five years of mental health recovery…This last time that I was in the crisis intervention unit was the same time that I stopped my self- injury issues.

March of 2008 was when I started drawing the mental health humor cartoons. I give the …


Do You Have the Tools to Access Inner Mental Power?

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Is there power in your mind? How did it get there, was it from what you read or what you have seen? Do you have the tools to access inner Mental Power? Think for a second and honestly reflect on the idea of being able to understand what you read to the point that you can accurately act on it till you have a successful outcome.

Okay, think about it this way, when was the last time you put together a Ikea BESTÅ TV storage combo entertainment center with sliding doors only to have left over screws or an extra “thing-a-ma-jig”?! Be honest, did you read the instructions first and then went to work on the project never to reference the instructions again? Or did you read and reread them over and over to make sure you’re putting together the project right, or are you like me, look at the box and just start putting it together without any manual except the picture on the box?Mental Powers or Mental Plans
Charlie: I wonder why he is always happy? I wonder if I need to worry?
Caption: Mental Powers or Mental Plans

Access Inner Mental Power

When you use your mind to do puzzles you are in fact using your mental powers. The amount of “POWER” you have can depend on many different factors. We can look at the use of mental powers the same as mental health. We need to have the right tools to accomplish our goal. Our goal is balance and recovery. True recovery can’t happen if we just give our “mental issues” one glance over and think we know how to fix it.  We can’t have a “thing-a-ma-jig” left over in our recovery.
Do you have the tools to access inner Mental Power? I think, we all kind of fall into three …

BUSTED – Her Appetite for Prescription Fraud is OVER!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

 Lucy’s prescription fraud

Lucy: What do you mean you can’t fill my  prescription any more??? I’ve been writing these for years….

Title: It was the blue crayon the finally put the end to Lucy’s prescription fraud.

BUSTED – Formally from the Charlie Brown peanuts gang, Lucy’s appetite for prescription fraud is OVER!  Lucy was always dealing out advice without any training and writing prescription for anyone for the right amount of nickles. Here is a list of 6 things to look for in a fraudulent prescription.


Gang Violence and Mental Illness

Monday, June 13th, 2011

2011  Mental Health humorThe Peanuts Gang Violence Escalates

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

Lucy: Aaugh!

Title: The Peanuts Gang Violence Escalates


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