On the evening of September 10th, I walked for suicide prevention as the sunset at Gilchrist park, Punta Gorda.
I was given the above-piece of paper to pin on my shirt and to write “WHO” I was walking for? “I AM WALKING FOR”…many walked for loved ones that had lost their battles/lives to mental illness. Others walked to support family and/or friends. I wrote I walk for: me.
No, not as a joke for Mental Health Humor, but as a serious statement of a living/breathing participant and for all my peers who sadly couldn’t walk for themselves. I did not expect anyone to notice or say anything to me about writing walking for “ME.”
One woman, who was walking for suicide prevention, came up to commend me for personally walking for my “mental health.” We talked for a bit. Her amazing story was so empowering. I asked if she would say a few words on video for my readers…What she said next are the most powerful words you should never forget if you live with a mental health disorder.
Here is what she said:
You are not alone, say it now: say it again, “You’re Not alone!”
Words that, at the right time, can save a life! Something we should write down and repeat daily to remind us. These simple words of hope can hold so much power…Yes, if the words are coming from the right source, from the right person and at the right time.
I was so inspired reading Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. World of Psychology post “50 Years Later, Mental Health Care in America Still Hard to Come By” that I pulled out my tablet and started drawing while I was still reading. I had the whole Mental Health Humor cartoon idea in my head before my tablet even booted up… I kept humming the tune, “I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only a bill. And I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill.” You will have to read over Dr. John’s post to get the full effect. I loved the links to maps. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/10/21/50-years-later-mental-health-care-in-america-still-hard-to-come-by/
In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults. First here are the facts:
Caption: Mindfulness Clear your Mind
I wish I was that good at mindfulness, to be able to just wipe away everything like clicking a delete button, then focus on nothing. I can do it, but it’s normally due to medications and I black out and sleep. Nothing mind full in sleep like that, more like mind-void. It’s not relaxing or comforting it just like a light switch… Off then on…
Chato StewartMental Health Humor CartoonistDepression Bipolar Support Alliance AmbassadorConsumer Peer Ambassador South West Fla.WEGO Health Activist Awards – Hilarious Health Activist Winnerpsychological disorders Mirth Artist