Chato Stewart: (Using wooden chair and feather duster to tame the beast)Bipolar Beast: FEED ME CHATO!Caption: Taming the wild Bipolar beast.
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My Top 10 Favorite Mental Health Humor Cartoons On:
Mental Health Humor is taking part in the 4th annual Psych Central Blog Party for World Mental Health Day. My cartoon from The Family Stew series shows how some of my day-to-day battles with living my Bipolar Disorder and how it feels to me – an ugly blob like Beastly thing that sucks the joy out of life! The gas it gives off is mixed with emotional turmoil. All the while, I’m trying to tame a beast with a feather duster! And avoid it biting off my head…Yup. I think that sums up my emotional health as to treating my Bipolar Disorder. I did leave out that I use medications for treatment. But that is another story.
First, I wanted to share my mental condition in dealing with bipolar as I see it as a cartoonist. My 2nd challenge being color blind was to make sure my Bipolar Beast did not look like a huge snot.
Good book to read:
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies
By Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak
World Trade Center’s Twin Towers: 9 11 Tribute with Twin Towers Memorial.
I felt compelled to draw the above tribute today. I kept seeing images of the World Trade Center in my mind but it was transparent – fading ~ yet it was an ever-present, unabating image. If you read between the lines, you may theoretically come up with your own meaning of the imaginary. It can mean anything to you…I found it comforting. So I drew it. I drew what was in my head.
It was my own art therapy for dealing with today 9/11, my way to remember with out hate, anger, fear or anxiety. Steadily forging ahead each day, not soon to forget the loss and tragedy that caused great suffering, rather opting to heal. It’s all part of the grieving process.
Below are two other Mental Health Humor Cartoons I’ve drawn in the past and the 12th year I drew for my wife’s blog Joan Winifred.
In my last few posts, you got to see My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge. Also, my research on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge this led me to Michael Scotti, Jr. creator of the viral video: Say “Helloooo” to #suicideprevention!
I reached out to him via e-mail and he I asked if I could ask him a few questions for my Mental Health Humor blog.
Chato Stewart: I’m a blogger and mental health advocate that uses humor as a tool to teach, comfort and help heal my-self and my peers. The loss of Robin Williams…huge! Michael – great thinking with the say “Hello” To Suicide Prevention #doubtfireface challenge! I would love to ask You a few questions to be published on my Psych Central blog with my video. I was at a restaurant with my wife and 4 kids and grabbed one of my girl’s dessert and did a “Doubtfire.”
Michael Scotti Jr.: Thanks so much for reaching out and for your Doubtfireface support. I agree. The loss of Robin Williams is a tragedy. He was not only an icon of comedy, but also served as one my biggest inspirations to have a sense of humor always and to follow my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. I would be happy to answer your questions.
Chato Stewart: Where and when did the idea “Doubtfire face” first come to you?
Michael Scotti Jr.: The movement began on August 11th, the night of Robin’s passing, as a way to honor him and pay tribute to his work in my home in Matawan, New Jersey. I was writing a Facebook post honoring him, and scrolled by a photo of him with his face in cream from Mrs. Doubtfire and it made me smile. Moments later, my sister walked in the door and I asked her to film me, for fun, recreating the short scene. I did it because that was my grieving process. I wanted a …