Archives for Mental Illness Awareness Week

- 2013 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

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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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

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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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

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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2012 Mental health Humor Cartoons

Mental Health Heroes will all GO Lime!


Cartoon-A-Thon: Humble Beginnings

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you probably know about my annual Cartoon-A-thon for Mental Health Awareness month.  Here in short is the history of the Cartoon-A-thon:

In 2008 when I started blogging, I decided to do something special for the month of mental illness awareness in May. (Will you?)  I decided I would draw a cartoon for each day of May. In 2008 and 2009, I drew just cartoons.  That was a success, but something was missing.  I felt I was being a little too self-deluded in my own cartoons. Then, I drew two of my readers into cartoon characters.

My peers were so elated that I drew them into the cartoons. Which gave me an idea -  but I didn't think I had the skill set to even attempt this idea.
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You Can Have More Joy and More Happiness Right NOW!

Originally Post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor ©2011
Jodi Riley Mental Health Hero Coach

You Can Have More Joy and More Happiness Right NOW!
Jodi Riley wants you to know that happiness is always at our fingertips. Her firm belief that it is the  responsibility of those who have acquired the secrets and the skills to access that happiness to teach others how to find happiness for themselves.  That is Jodi Riley's mission and the focus of her website The Secrets to Being Happy!
The 5 Steps for Better Living

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Clive Edwards Mental Health Hero

Originally Post http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor ©2011


Meet our second Mental Health Hero Clive Edwards.  He is a well traveled guy, both in reality and in his own mind with his recovery.  From England to Saudi Arabia, Singapore and America...  Clive a.k.a "WILD" has been around...even lived in L.A. during the 1990 riots.

His recovery, like our own, sometimes comes with hills and valleys and his mental health story of survival and recovery and “wellness” is amazing!  Read more about Clive and each Mental Health Hero at
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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Cycling and Suicide

Exercise to feel well! Here's an option: How about bike riding? We all need some motivation to get off the couch, right? Exercising (or bike riding) for a good reason that could "SAVE" yourself or someone else...now that's motivation!!

Have you heard of the National Non-Profit Suicide Prevention Agency, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)? (And, do you remember that 1979 inspiring movie, "Breaking Away"...the teen cycling team called "the Cutters" win the Indiana University Little 500 bike race?!) Well, Patrick "Cutter"...who is a Suicide PREVENTION Advocate, is trying to cross the U.S., by bicycle, from Alaska to Florida.  His goal....Get Money to SAVE!!

If cycling from Alaska to Florida is too short of a trip, how about cycling around the world?! (Think it may take longer than "80 days" however!) A British Columbia teacher living with Bipolar Disorder, Michael Schratter, hopes to cycle 25,000 miles across 6 continents and 30 countries.
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Mental Illness Awareness Week Review PSA

Mental Illness Awareness Week was a success in my eyes!  Yes, the week is over but, the idea behind the week goes on day-to-day.

We don't need a week or a month to talk about mental illness. We just need a voice! One voice can start the conversation and many voices help keep it going!

In my last post, I told you about a good project my new friend, Dani Z, was doing for MIAW. She started a Video Tribute to
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2010 Mental Health Humor Cartoons

Bad Ideas for Mental Illness Awareness Week



Bad Ideas for Mental Illness Awareness Week... Start a protest group to scare people that mentally ill people coming to get you.

How do you know if you're at the wrong type of awareness group? Well, If someone says 'come on guys, let's go make people aware of the mentally ill' and hands you a sign that says "THEY are among US" or "BEWARE of the Mentally Ill."  Then it's a sure bet someone just doesn't get the point of Mental Health Week.

Here is a good idea for Mental Illness Awareness week, make a video!
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