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Stages of Mental Health Conditions #B4Stage4 (part2)

Stages of Mental Health Conditions Stage 3Symptoms Worsen with Relapsing and Recurring Episodes Accompanied by Serious Disruption in Life Activities and Roles
At Stage 3, symptoms have continued to increase in severity, and many symptoms are often taking place at the same time. A person may feel as though they are losing control of their life and the ability to fill their roles at home, work...
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Stages of Mental Health Conditions #B4Stage4 (part1)

Stages of Mental Health Conditions Stage 1Mild Symptoms and Warning Signs
At Stage 1, a person begins to show symptoms of a mental health condition, but is still able to maintain the ability to function at home, work or school—although perhaps not as easily as before they started to show symptoms. Often there is a sense that something is “not right.” Chato Stewart says: For me this feels...
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Mindfulness: Clear your Mind


 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...
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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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Sunshine From Darkness

Saturday, I was privileged to be a part of the "Sunshine from Darkness" symposium community resource table!  It gave me an opportunity to showcase some of my cartoons and to meet many other providers and consumers in the local area.

Although I live an hour away from Sarasota, I had to be there by 7 AM.  I knew if I could just make it...it would be an incredible day!  And yes, I did get up at five in the morning and drive there and I was "early" enough to set up my display.

To begin, I would like to thank Mike from
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