I’m Blogging for World Mental Health Day: Taming the Wild BiPolar Beast

By Chato B. Stewart
Chato Stewart: (Using wooden chair and feather duster to tame the beast)
Bipolar Beast: FEED ME CHATO!
Caption: Taming the wild Bipolar beast.

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My Top 10 Favorite Mental Health Humor Cartoons On:

Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health Humor is taking part in the 4th annual Psych Central Blog Party for World Mental Health Day.  My cartoon from The Family Stew series shows how some of my day-to-day battles with living my Bipolar Disorder and how it feels to me – an ugly blob like Beastly thing that sucks the joy out of life!  The gas it gives off is mixed with emotional turmoil. All the while, I’m trying to tame a beast with a feather duster!  And avoid it biting off my head…Yup. I think that sums up my  emotional health as to treating my Bipolar Disorder.  I did leave out that I use medications for treatment. But that is another story.

First, I wanted to share my mental condition in dealing with bipolar as I see it as a cartoonist. My 2nd challenge being color blind was to make sure my Bipolar Beast did not look like a huge snot.

Chato :)
I blog for World Mental Health Day

Good book to read:

Bipolar Disorder For Dummies

By Candida Fink, Joe Kraynak


DBSA: Building Support Challenge

By Chato B. Stewart
Luc Stewart: Pig-Pile on Dad!
Chato’s Wife: Building a family pyramid was NOT what I was talking about when I said we need to Build “Family Support!”
Caption: Strengthen your relationships.

Concluding the sixth month challenge of the Positive Six Campaign (DBSA +6) our objective is about building relationships. What a great way to involve my family AND building a better family relationship is the BEST relationship to start with!  So, for the last of The Family Stew cartoons for this campaign for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), you get to see my whole cartooned family here and @thefamilystew.com

Building Support Challenge

Friendship is the greatest gift! Set aside time to reconnect and strengthen your relationships—do something nice and unexpected for a loved one, reconnect with an old friend, try a support group, or consider volunteering. Thoughtful attention is one of the best gifts we can give to someone, including ourselves.

Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder: Suicidal Ideation

By Chato B. Stewart

1476 Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart  ResurrectionDeath is Depressed: I want to Live!!!
Death Dancing: (Spinning Death Reaper | Jazz Hands | Tip Tap -Tap Tap Tapp shoes (dancing on graves)
Caption: Resurrect ideation: Unusual preoccupation with Life.

As we bring Suicide Prevention Month to a close, it is fitting we remember those lost and have hope for those we can help with on-going education. This month, I made many new warriors in the fight to educate against the stigma of mental illness and mental disorders.  I learned new ways of coping with the pain of loss with the #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge and met an unlikely ally with ‘Michael Scotti Jr’ Creator of the #doubtfireface.

Starting out the month participating in a suicide prevention

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Motivational Barriers – Using Mental Health Humor to Teach

By Chato B. Stewart

Proud, and overjoyed over where the Mental Health Humor cartoons have been seen and used. In magazines, educational books, many non-profits, Mental Health organizations for example, right now, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) DBSA Positive 6 campaign (+6 campaign).

The cartoons also have been published in many newspapers and newsletters…including Websites and Blogs like BP Hope and locally at CBHC.  Actually, I love when they end up in power point presentations.  The very first PP presentation that one cartoon showed up in was at a conference of over 1500 or more people…That is why I love to work with people that are teaching others (and via powerpoint) and want to use one of my cartoons. (>>WINK~WINK<<)

I get requests to use my cartoons – the best way to ask: email me at chato (at) chatobstewart (dot) com. You’re not just asking my permission, but I love to see your work and what prompt/message with which you use my cartoon. Here is Simon Rosenbaum BSc, PhD from Sydney, Australia.

Dear Chato,

Firstly, I am a big fan of your cartoons!

The reason I am contacting you is to discuss the use of one of your cartoons in a slide presentation that will be delivered to medical students regarding the role of exercise in the treatment of mental illness.

My own research focuses on the role of exercise in treatment of mental disorders and I especially value your cartoon with someone on the bike yelling “just give me the drugs” as it sums up arguably the most important issue which is motivation.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Simon Rosenbaum BSc, PhD
Exercise Physiologist | Research Associate
School of Psychiatry, UNSW
Sydney, Australia





Photo Credit: Phil Ward @PhilWardAu


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