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John & Elaine Leadem Final #MentalHealthHeroes Cartoon-A-Thon #MentalHealthMonth

John and Elaine Leadem 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
John & Elaine Leadem are trailblazers in the field of couples counseling. Having entered the 12-step communities at a relatively young age they originally incorporated into their marriage a traditional 12-step philosophy that taught them to "stay out of each others program." In this model they continued to hide behind personal recovery in ways that...
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2013 Mental Health Heroes

Victoria Cannon Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Victoria Cannon 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart


" I'm a cheerleader, cheering others on for better mental health!"
I have had depression and anxiety since childhood, but I refused to get treatment because even at a young age I knew the shame of seeing a "shrink". In 1993 I was living a very stressful life and was seriously depressed when I had my...
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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

Mental Health Hero Caricatures (Part 4)


I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Summer Beretsky for taking the time and effort to make four awesome video blog posts  (vlogs) at Psych Central's World of Psychology for the May's 2012 Mental Health Heroes!

I have already heard back from the heroes you reviewed, Summer, and they were thrilled to be included in the unique videos. I was very impressed by the professionalism conveyed in your videos. Something I could never have done. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!
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By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor

6 More Heroes

Then there were three! Yes, Summer Beretsky, contributing video blogger (vlogger) at PsychCentral's World of Psychology blog reviews six more mental health heroes from May's 2012 Mental Health Heroes Cartoon-A-Thon; totaling 24 of the Mental Health Month's heroes.

I want to THANK her for taking the time to do the videos! I can't wait to see her next segment. In this video below, she highlights: Charles Sakai, Keith Mahar, Gayle Bluebird, Steve Moeller, Maureen Fifer and Dr. Ryan Niemiec.

Take special note of the drawing in the background...it is a clue as to who will be in the last segment of Summer's videos. Do you know who it is? If you guessed Summer, then you're correct.  It was drawn by my 6-year-old for her. In fact, that is one of the unique and special features of the 2012 Mental Health Heroes caricatures. Each hero was not only drawn by me, but my kids, ages 6, 9, 11 and 13  also WANTED to draw each of the heroes.

Enjoy Summer's review and feel free to share the video. 
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Video: Nine More Mental Health Heroes Reviewed by Summer Beretsky

Video: Nine More Mental Health Heroes Reviewed by Summer Beretsky

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Video: Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Hero Caricatures (Part 2)


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‎Barry Erdman


Amy Ebbeson


Lee Horbachewski says: "I am beyond touched Chato & Summer. Thank you for including me in this incredible group of Mental Health Heroes. BIG hugs ♥"


John Grohol


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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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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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