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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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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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Shannon Jacuzzi Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Shannon Jacuzzi 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
My story, really is one among thousands. My sister's suicide is a loss among thousands, one I will always believe could have been prevented.

Lime-lighting mental health awareness, recovery and change is at the heart of this late acceptance.

Lime green is to symbolize springtime, hope and new life. It is now on awareness products, in promotions by MHA, NAMI, DBSA and NIMH. It's...
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Christina Huff of Ask A Bipolar Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Christina "Christi" Huff 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
Christi, aka The Bipolar Hot Mess, has been blogging in the mental health field since April 2011. She got her start while searching for support with her bipolar disorder because she was feeling quite alone and misunderstood with her illness and what she was going through. This opportunity came by becoming a blogger for the website Ask A Bipolar. Shortly after she...
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David Speicher Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

David Speicher 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

I worked as a Human Resources Director for over 20 years. I partnered with executives to change culture and minds moving from a harsh bureaucratic system to one with a culture of free will to approach your profession, your job and employee involvement. I also over saw our benefits programs which often had at least minimum coverage for mental health. I also managed...
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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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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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Lee Horbachewski says: "I am beyond touched Chato & Summer. Thank you for including me in this incredible group of Mental Health Heroes. BIG hugs ♥"


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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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