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The Voice of Hope: Words Of the Wisdomless

Friday, September 16th, 2011
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Part 5 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. – Dianne Stringer

Chato B Stewart HumouristDianne: Any pearls of wisdom you can share would be wonderful!

Chato: People need to know it’s ok to talk about mental illness! Humor doesn’t just break the ice to help people feel comfortable talking about mental health, it builds bridges to connect people living with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder with those who don’t understand the illness by opening up channels of communication.
One of my favorite pearls of wisdom: “Live Life Like a Cartoon and Always Bring Your Eraser.”


The Voice of Hope: When Did You Start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
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Part 4 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. – Dianne Stringer

Chato B Stewart HumouristDianne: What possesses you to draw?

Chato: Drawing the cartoons, like I mentioned earlier, started while I was in the psychiatric ward. What kept me drawing them was selfish reasons… You see, I was using the cartoons as art therapy. It wasn’t until I posted three cartoons online, after a friend encouraged me to make a website for them, that I realized the power behind something as simple as a cartoon to bring a little smile to one of my peers.

Within less than two months, I was hired as a blogger for mental health at a blogging network. In May 2010, I started blogging at Psych Central (established in 1995). It’s the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. I feel right at home blogging; not to mention meeting many mental health advocates and peers helps me feel that I’m not alone in my recovery.


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