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Mental Health Humor: 50 Years Later, Mental Health Care Act Cartoon

Monday, October 21st, 2013

 50th Anniversary Community Mental Health Act

I was so inspired reading 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.





World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

t2013 Mental Health Humor Depression is common in old age balloons Chato Stewart cartoon

Depression is common in old age balloons

World Mental Health Day: Depression
I blog for World Mental Health DayEvery year on the 10th of October,* The World Health Organization joins in celebrating World Mental Health Day.  Here at Psych Central we are (as a network) participating our 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day .  This year World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults.

In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults.  First here are the facts:

“Depression is common in old age. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 2010 data, the Disability

Mindfulness: Clear your Mind

Thursday, September 19th, 2013


t2013 Mental Health Humor - Mindfulness Clear your Mind  Chato Stewart


 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

Mental Health Hero: Chato’s Wife

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

2012 Mental Health Hero by Chato Stewart and Mental Health Humor Project 150

Chato’s Wife
2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon

Drawing done by Chato Stewart

Chatos wifeHi! 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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