Are You Affected By Public Service Announcements:

By Chato B. Stewart

Remember – “This Is Your Brain on Drugs or the Rachael Leigh Brain on Heroin?”

You may not remember the PSA for the: “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign.  I remember these Public Service Announcements from 1980′s.  I think due to the simplicity and effectiveness of the message…they got me to try drugs (It’s a joke people).

The  PSA “shows a man (played by John Roselius) in a starkly furnished apartment who asks if there is anyone out there who still doesn’t understand the dangers of drug abuse. He holds up an egg and says, “This is your brain,” before picking up a frying pan and adding, “This is drugs.” He then cracks open the egg, fries the contents, and says, “This is your brain on drugs.” Finally he looks up at the camera and asks, “Any questions?”

Original Rachael Leigh Cook Brain on Drugs

The eggs of PSA made Time magazines 2013 top ten list of all time PSA but nothing is more shocking and more powerful then Times “#1 OMG L@@K OUT!”

I will not add it to this post since it’s about teen texting. If you watch that video beware, it is gruesome and powerful.  It will make you never want to drive and text again.

Do PSA’s Work?

 This Mental Health Humor cartoon is part of the series.

CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, It’s Been Canceled!

By Chato B. Stewart

CBS’s Black Box -Love it or HATE IT, it’s been canceled! I mean hate it with a passion that would make water boil, for it’s blatant stereotypical “bipolar disorder” or the fact that it just had a predictable storyline with periodical drama-less drama. Not just the over the top “sex-crazed bipolar ~ drug seeking neurologist” -

That paints a great picture of what ALL BIPOLAR people are like…er,ah excuse me, I  mean to say what all people “WHO LIVE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER” are like… PEOPLE FIRST terms!  If we are not shooting and on a killing spree and sexing every one up – Thank you mass-media and the very small percentage of people with (normally undiagnosed or in denial) mental illness that do fit this blatant media stereotype.  You mess it up for the rest of us.  STOP STIGMA.

In a recent BP HOPE article titled “Are we ready for our close-up,” looked at t.v. shows like Homeland and Black Box:

““Media” in these terms typically includes news outlets. Yet fictional TV and movie characters who are presented as dangerous because of a mental illness, or as figures of ridicule (as on some children’s programs), obviously reinforce harmful stereotypes and reduce empathy. “

If you don’t watch t.v. the ABC show titled “Black Box,” is about an awesomely smart female neuroscientist with bipolar…the hypersexuality stereotype was the first card they tossed at viewers in the first or second episode…along with drug addiction, mania, self- medicating, rejecting-then accepting -then re-jecticting help… I think it was too much. It was very done in a tasteless way.  I never watched more than 3 full shows and just panned the reviews from others willing to still sit through it…but looks like not many were willing.

On August 7, 2014, ABC announced series Black Box will not be returning for a second season Entertainment Weekly reports.  Here is how the E-Weekly reported it:

Black-Box Kelly Reilly as a sex-crazed bipolar genius neurologistABC is packing away Black Box.

We’re told the network has officially canceled the soap, which attempted to fill the high-profile Scandal slot on Thursday nights. The mid-season series starred Kelly Reilly as a sex-crazed bipolar genius neurologist (no, really!). All 13 episodes of the first season aired, with the finale running July 24, and ABC confirmed Thursday it will not order a second round.

Black-Box Kelly Reilly as a sex-crazed bipolar genius neurologist2Is that what you want people to think? ALL “bipolar” people are like…I know some guys are hoping it’s true, but the hypersexuality stereotype in not the illness.  It effects only a percentage of both men and woman with bipolar, but that also comes with many other symptoms.  But, I am sure that’s why it got the full 13 Black Box sells.

Is not just me, but I love this from a Psych Central Forum, the below are quotes from the same person, the show won them over:

The show really lacks. It’s frustrating to me because I WANT to like it. I’m still not understanding what Catherine’s bipolar illness has to do with any of the rest of the show. I think it was a mistake to portray Catherine as a neurologist. I would find it far more believable and interesting if she was an artist or musician. Neuroscience seems like something she does because she has to have a job. She might as well be working in a grocery store, or working as a bartender. Being an MD…..I just don’t see where it all connects. ~Anonymous May 2014

Okay, this week’s episode was, I thought, the best one by far. I was glad to watch it…then found out it won’t be broadcast again until June 19th! I have the feeling that I’m the only person on this forum who watches Black Box, LOL ~Anonymous May 30 2014

I enjoyed the final show of the season…. It’s too bad, really…the cast is strong and I think the show could have developed into something stronger. But the writing just seems to stagnate in many ways. Anonymous July 26, 2014


When you have a sexy woman like Kelly Reilly and her “character” as a neuroscientist with bipolar disorder sensationalized mania with hypersexuality stereotype… Those are not symptoms…it ABC’s playing Mind Games…OH, wait they canceled the show Mind Games…I was getting it to that one.


Image Credit: Giovanni Rufino/ABC 
Photo credit: ABC/Andrew Eccles

Also See:

Elaina J. Martin Review of the premier of ABC’s new show Thoughts on ABC’s “Black Box” & ABC’s “Black Box” – Take Two


Ask Gabe Howard Anything About Bipolar Disorder and I guarantee you’ll Get a Straight Answer!

By Chato B. Stewart

Many of my Mental Health Humor readers may remember or recall this year 2014 Cartoon-a-thon for Mental Health Heroes almost did not happen…If it was not for the loving-persistence of my 3 girls who wanted to draw all the heroes…there may not of been any cartoons.

What was the snag this year that held it back? Simply, as a peer, I had symptoms of my Bipolar Disorder and this episode was a doozy! Needless to say, I was down and depressed for over 5 months. Three months were severe, but my girls insisted we push on with the drawing. Drawing the caricatures was Art Therapy for my depression and helped me break through and start functioning again.

One of the blessings of the 2014 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-a-Thon was meeting Gabe Howard. He was nominated from a previous Mental Health Hero: Christina Huff or (Bipolar Hot Mess).

When I looked over his website and Facebook page, I knew right away why Christina Huff recommend Gabe.

I drew all the cartoons black and white for the 2014 Cartoon-a-thon. Just drawing them was a challenge in of itself. Yet, Gabe Howard and I built a friendship via email and text. Encouraging each other. From that time we started talking, I kept telling him I was going to go back and color his caricature. Bipolar gives a new meaning to the term procrastination.

It only took three and half months…not only did I color it, I re-drew it digitally to clean up the lines.

I am happy to present this to my friend Gabe Howard – we are going to give the star treatment to a mental illness activist, writer, and blogger, as well as a 2014 Mental Health Hero.

Recently he won the prestigious title of “LIVING BOLD”

I have Bipolar & Anxiety Disorders and I #LiveBold on HealthCentral

I asked Gabe Howard to tell my readers about his advocacy:

Gabe HowardWell, Living with bipolar and anxiety disorders I try to use that “life experience” to educate, motivate, and inspire others. Realizing that ignorance of mental illness is a direct cause of the fear, discrimination, and stigmatization of people with mental illness, I’ve made it my personal mission to raise the level of people’s understanding about these disorders. 

I am achieving my personal goals while helping thousands with educating, motivating, and inspiring as a speaker, writer, and motivator. It’s made me a better person getting to know so many new people, people like Chato Stewart.

I have always worked tirelessly to motivate others to seek help for their issues and to instill hope that they, too, will overcome. Yet I’m realistic and positive and Found words are hollow if you don’t lead by example, so, I back up my words with actions!

Gabe currently serves on The Ohio Empowerment Coalition ~ OEC’s board of directors and previously served on the board of NAMI Ohio. He was also a former committee member for the Suicide Prevention Council. He has testified in front of the Ohio General Assembly; assists with police officer training through the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program; and worked with veterans suffering from mental illness. Gabe has been a guest lecturer at multiple universities, including The Ohio State University; and has done many speaking appearances in multiple states for audiences of all sizes. In addition to his work with groups, Gabe has worked one-on-one with hundreds of families and people with mental illness.

Gabe is a co-author of the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog, writes a monthly blog for the International Bipolar Foundation, has a regular column on Elephant Journal, and has been featured in the Wall Street JournalColumbus DispatchColumbus MonthlyNAMI Advocate, Stigma Fighters, multiple Suburban News Publication newspapers, WCMH channel 4, WBNS Channel 10, multiple over-the-air radio outlets, multiple internet radio stations and podcasts, company training videos, agency internet promotional videos, and many newsletters and online blogs. He has also been a guest columnist in several online publications and blogs and now is a 2014 mental health hero for!

Congratulations, Gabe Howard!


His Personal Mini-Biography:

Gabe Howard is a keynote speaker, award-winning advocate, mental illness blogger and writer, as well a person living with severe bipolar and anxiety disorders. In the past ten years, he has made it his mission to put a face on mental illness that isn’t stereotypical. Society often sees people living with mental illness at their worst and he works to add a more balanced view to the conversation. Gabe is frequently irreverent, often too loud, and always unpredictable, but anyone who knows him will tell you that life would be so boring without him. You can connect with Gabe on TwitterFacebook and his website.


Say Hello To ‘Michael Scotti Jr’ Creator of the #doubtfireface

By Chato B. Stewart

In my last few posts, you got to see My #doubtfireface Suicide Prevention Challenge.  Also, my research on American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the #doubtfireface challenge this led me to Michael Scotti, Jr. creator of the viral video: Say “Helloooo” to #suicideprevention!

I reached out to him via e-mail and he I asked if I could ask him a few questions for my Mental Health Humor blog.

Chato Stewart: I’m a blogger and mental health advocate that uses humor as a tool to teach, comfort and help heal my-self and my peers. The loss of Robin Williams…huge! Michael – great thinking with the say “Hello” To Suicide Prevention #doubtfireface challenge!  I would love to ask You a few questions to be published on my Psych Central blog with my video. I was at a restaurant with my wife and 4 kids and grabbed one of my girl’s dessert and did a “Doubtfire.”

Michael Scotti JrMichael Scotti Jr.:  Thanks so much for reaching out and for your Doubtfireface support. I agree. The loss of Robin Williams is a tragedy. He was not only an icon of comedy, but also served as one my biggest inspirations to have a sense of humor always and to follow my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. I would be happy to answer your questions.

Chato Stewart: Where and when did the idea “Doubtfire face” first come to you? 

Michael Scotti Jr.: The movement began on August 11th, the night of Robin’s passing, as a way to honor him and pay tribute to his work in my home in Matawan, New Jersey. I was writing a Facebook post honoring him, and scrolled by a photo of him with his face in cream from Mrs. Doubtfire and it made me smile. Moments later, my sister walked in the door and I asked her to film me, for fun, recreating the short scene. I did it because that was my grieving process. I wanted a way to celebrate Robin’s life and honor him the best way I know how, through film. He was my idol.

The original video that started it all can be seen here.

Chato Stewart: What led you to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention site?

Michael Scotti Jr.: I posted it online with the hashtag “#doubtfireface” and tagged a few friends just to see where it might go. Almost immediately, my friends and family began to join me in making Doubtfire Face videos. I quickly realized the potential this could have in the awareness of suicide prevention. Less than 24 hours later, the Doubtfire Face For Suicide Prevention Facebook page, and hashtag “#sayhellotosuicideprevention” was created. The page’s goal is to provide a community for people who want to share their Doubtfire Face videos, honor Robin Williams, to help spread awareness and to act as a hub for suicide prevention resources.

Chato Stewart: The “Doubtfire Face For Suicide Prevention” is a personal campaign sponsored by you “Michael Scotti Jr.” for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention…What Does this mean?

Michael Scotti Jr.:  Along with the Facebook page, and in lieu of all the attention the movement garnered, I created the official campaign on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention web site with our goal of $500,000. Although a financial goal is set, our true goal is to promote mental health awareness and spark the conversation on suicide prevention. We chose the AFSP because we believe in what they are doing. We believe that through their research studies and prevention programs they provide an outlet of opportunity to not only help us understand suicide and mental illness, but also how we can reach the masses most effectively.

Chato Stewart: Does AFSP support or fund the campaign?

Michael Scotti Jr.:  The campaign is sponsored by myself. This means that we are not associated with the organization at all, they are just the charity we have chosen to direct our donations. They are not funding the campaign in any way but they are in full support, providing national social media coverage as well as specific chapter support by doing and supporting the challenge.

Chato Stewart: Your goal is $500,000, and right now your at 1% – that is great considering it’s a personal campaign.  I’m sure others have donated directly to AFSP.

Michael Scotti Jr.:  At this moment, we have raised almost $4300, and we are extremely proud of that. We have seen an outcry of support from those who have seen others suffer or are suffering themselves. We have heard countless personal stories of how suicide and mental illness have touched peoples lives. From the United States, to South Africa, to Whales, to Pakistan, we have seen videos from everywhere. We have also been covered on local radio and news outlets — Scene on Seven, Kidd Nation, Q92.9, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and Bustle. People are truly suffering everywhere and we like to think that we have created a universal place where people can go to relate to each other and find support through hearing others stories while also hopefully getting a good laugh. We like to think thats what Robin Williams would have wanted. Although the movement started out as a way to honor Robin William’s life, we like to think it turned into a way for others to celebrate life in general.

Chato Stewart: As “Doubtfire face” keeps going viral, what would you like to see happen?  Obviously money being raised, but I’m sure you can envision more?

Michael Scotti Jr.:  Moving forward, we would love to see some support from those who knew Robin personally and just to see even more people making Doubtfireface videos in order to keep the conversation going. We would love to encourage others to come together as communities to create their videos. Suicide Prevention Week is coming up, and we hope that the Doubtfire Face will be on the list of things people do to spread awareness and to honor the ones they have lost. There is no better time.

Chato Stewart:

Michael Scotti Jr.:  We cant speak officially yet, but we would like to see an official Doubtfireface for Suicide Prevention meet up or event in the near future where we can come together, make videos, celebrate Robin William’s and life together, and to allow people to realize that it is OK to talk about it. It may be tough and it may hurt, but society will never understand how many people are suffering silently unless we do. Even if that saves one life, we have done our job.

Chato Stewart: Congratulations on the success of the “Doubtfire face” movement, who would YOU now challenge?

Michael Scotti Jr.:  Although I know we are already beyond successful in achieving our goals for the Doubtfire Face movement and I am beyond grateful for it, I would love to challenge Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ellen DeGeneres

Chato Stewart: Well you heard it here first folks: Michael Scotti Jr creator of the #doubtfireface is challenging Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ellen DeGeneres…and YOU to support the campaign.  Thank you for taking the time to talk with me and share your great story!

Michael Scotti Jr.:  Thank you so much for your interest.

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Here is a master list of articles and media coverage we have compiled:Elite Daily:,Huffington Post:



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Please Be Aware of Suicide Risk Factors in the Fight of Prevention:

The most frequently cited risk factors for suicide are: Mental disorders, in particular: Depression or bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, Alcohol or substance abuse or dependence, Schizophrenia, ,Borderline or antisocial personality disorder ,Conduct disorder (in youth) , Psychotic disorders; psychotic symptoms in the context of any disorder, Impulsivity and aggression, especially in the context of the above mental disorders, Previous suicide attempt, Anxiety disorders and Family history of attempted or completed suicide


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