I am so PSYCHED to be at Psych Central! But with all networks, there is a transition period. To some “Chato B. Stewart” and the “Mental Health Humor” cartoons are new.
The first knee jerk reaction is who in the hell would make fun of people with mental illness!!! What a Jerk!!! I agree 100%!!!
Fortunately, that is not what I’m all about. My goal is to use humor as a health coping mechanism. I truly believe humor is the best medicine. Yet, we all have varying taste when it comes to our own sense of humor. That is why I have my “Warning” above.
My mission is NOT to laugh at my peers but rather with them. Here is a good example of BAD mental health health humor written by my Blog Buddie, Alicia Sparks, on her Psych Central blog, Celebrity Psyching. While Reviewing the movie, Observe And Report, she asks the question, “Does The Mental Health Humor Cross A Line?”
Observe and Report, actor Seth Rogen’s latest “comedy” adventure, has been out for a week now, and reviews are – quite frankly – not all that hot as far as the mental health angle is concerned.
Rogen portrays Ronnie Barnhardt, a mall security guard with bipolar disorder on a mission to restore safety and decency to the Forest Ridge Mall.
How did she sum up the movie and answer the question?
Mental illness and comedy don’t always work well together. Oh, the union is far from impossible (my friend and fellow advocate Chato B. Stewart does a fantastic job with Mental Health Humor)…
Okay, maybe I mentioned Alicia Sparks because she is here at A Psych Central and gives me a good review.
What about what others have said about my approach to using humor with mental health?
“Chato Stewart has been afflicted with major depression and bi-polar disorder. I have used his cartoons on the blog as I believe humor can be a tool in combating mental illness. Chato graciously agreed to write something for the blog and I pray you might come away with a few insights and a smile on your face… Chato B. Stewart: Humor As A Gift To Deal With Mental Illness”
A comment from his post:
“Thanks for using your gift of a sense of humor to help all of us remember to not take ourselves too seriously. Humor definitely can help get us through some tough days…”
Here is what Ken Jensen, author of the book, “It Takes Guts To Be Me: How An Ex-Marine Beat Bipolar Disorder” said about my use of humor.
“Laughter is the best medicine and my friend Chato B Stewart of www.MentalHealthHumor.com proves as much with his mental health cartoons.
Chato fights bipolar disorder his own way and part of it involves his comical drawings that depict many phases of mental illness. He captures the lighter side of these dark moments in a effort to defuse the stigma surrounding mental illness. If you doubt the power of comedy, you’re cutting short a viable opportunity for some measure of relief in your life. Of course, there is much more to be done when searching for stability, peace and happiness, but a good laugh covers a lot of ground. ”
Now that I dropped a bunch of names, let’s get to some of the cartoons. I’ll let you come to your own opinion. Please, feel free to share your thoughts about the cartoons. The following cartoons were part of the 2009 Mental Health Awareness Month Cartoon-A-Thon:
The cartoon character below is ME. Or at least how I see myself.
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Words Of The Wisdomless: Build
“It is never what you do that makes people remember you, it’s who you do it to that makes it forever. It can come back to bite you and knock you down or build you up and put you in the clouds. Be the builder not the wrecking ball.”
– by Chato B. Stewart
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