By Chato Stewart of Mental Health Humor Articles

Police On The Scene: Three Words Can Save You During a Mental Health Crisis #CopsRbout2beatACrazyGuy

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Caption:Ever been videoing a Street performer, then realize he might be mentally Ill & in crisis?. #CopsRbout2beatACrazyGuy #video4sale

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In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon series 
Three Words Can Save You During a Mental Health Crisis
Police on the scene you know what I mean“,  NO the 3 words are not “Ice-Ice-Baby!”


Is It a Street Performer or Someone in a Mental Health Crisis #AwesomeStreetPerformer

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Person Videoing one: Oh Ya, this’s on going on Youtube…he is Awesome!Person Videoing two: Is this dinner theater?Caption: Ever been out & seen something so awesome that you just had to stop and video it? #AwesomeStreetPerformer

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In this four-part Mental Health Humor Cartoon seriesWe have all seen them, or at one time been them, people living with a mental health disorder in public doing something worthy of being videoed by passers-by with smart phones. If you have a mental health crisis and you are LOUD & OBNOXIOUS, you just might make YouTube…Or if the situation gets out of control, you could make national news. Mental (Public) Disturbance calls to the police don’t end well, many times, for the the “mentally ill”.

Mostly because we are not trained what to do when we are face-to-face with a police officer – Here are a few things we need to manage when confronted and talking with any police officer:

Angry – officers do not like to be yelled at, WHO KNEW! Even if we are right, yelling at an officer makes them defensive, unequivocally not caring about your position. You don’t respect them, they won’t respect you. And you may find yourself riding in the back of a patrol car just for an angry outburst.

Irritable -this translates to an officer of the law that we are not being cooperative.

Manic- resembles looking high on drugs, fidgety, nervous, shaking, can’t stand being in one spot… Could trigger a fight or flight mechanism in our brain. Which will either get you arrested for resisting, or worse getting you shot.

Depression: while many officers can sympathize with depression, how it looks in the field, when pulling you over after you go through a stop sign, or question you for some reason because you haven’t moved from the same bench in three days…looks like you’re intoxicated, inebriated or vagrant and police may believe because of appearance/disorder that you may be homeless (which could be the case). Yelling obscenities[...] to leave you alone – throwing beer bottles …


I’m Blogging for World Mental Health Day: Taming the Wild BiPolar Beast

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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:
Bipolar Disorder
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.

Chato :)
I blog for World Mental Health Day

Good book to read:
Bipolar Disorder For Dummies
By Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak

 


CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, It’s Been Canceled!

Friday, September 5th, 2014

CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, it’s been canceled! I mean hate it with a passion that would make water boil, for it’s blatant stereotypical “bipolar disorder” or the fact that it just had a predictable storyline with periodical drama-less drama. Not just the over the top “sex-crazed bipolar ~ drug seeking neurologist” -

That paints a great picture of what ALL BIPOLAR people are like…er,ah excuse me, I  mean to say what all people “WHO LIVE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER” are like… PEOPLE FIRST terms!  If we are not shooting and on a killing spree and sexing every one up – Thank you mass-media and the very small percentage of people with (normally undiagnosed or in denial) mental illness that do fit this blatant media stereotype.  You mess it up for the rest of us.  STOP STIGMA.

In a recent BP HOPE article titled “Are we ready for our close-up,” looked at t.v. shows like Homeland and Black Box:

““Media” in these terms typically includes news outlets. Yet fictional TV and movie characters who are presented as dangerous because of a mental illness, or as figures of ridicule (as on some children’s programs), obviously reinforce harmful stereotypes and reduce empathy. “

If you don’t watch t.v. the ABC show titled “Black Box,” is about an awesomely smart female neuroscientist with bipolar…the hypersexuality stereotype was the first card they tossed at viewers in the first or second episode…along with drug addiction, mania, self- medicating, rejecting-then accepting -then re-jecticting help… I think it was too much. It was very done in a tasteless way.  I never watched more than 3 full shows and just panned the reviews from others willing to still sit through it…but looks like not many were willing.

On August 7, 2014, ABC announced series Black Box will not be returning for a second season Entertainment Weekly reports.  Here is how the E-Weekly reported it:

Black-Box Kelly Reilly as a sex-crazed bipolar genius neurologistABC is packing away Black Box.

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