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Quick Cure for Mental Health Blues – Gopher It!

Do YOU need a Quick Cure for Mental Health Blues? I say Gopher It! I found this old photo of me then other dayand thought I would share it with everyone.  The Gopher Turtle of the “Tortoises (family Testudinidae) live on land. They are medium to large with a large, heavy shell and stumpy feet. Gopher Tortoises are the only tortoises native to the United States and the only tortoise found in Florida.”


They are “protected” and so seeing them nowadays around here is quite a sight…

So many of God’s little creatures don’t stand much of a chance against a car or truck, but this guy got a few extra days!  I was told by a Fish and Game Officer that if I see one in danger of getting hit then and only then can someone intercede and help out.

The officer told me to move the Gopher Turtle out of danger in the direction he was going… Or they will just try and cross again after I leave…

This is a pic of me helping the little guy across a very busy road… The Officer never said I couldn’t take a picture!

You know, I do remember this day with smile.  See if you can follow my logic here… whether we have a mental illness or not, we all have the power to help something or someone! In this case, it was helping  a Gopher Turtle from being  road kill.  When I did this, it brought me so much joy.  If today we can just do one thing for someone else, I guarantee, you will really be helping yourself, too…  YES! Even when it is as simple as helping a turtle cross the street!

These are my Words Of The Wisdomless for today:

“In a race, even the slow runners can help speed up the slowest runner!”

– By Chato B Stewart

Go now and help someone do something then come back here and tell me Who was your “turtle” you helped today and how did that make you feel?

Just Gopher It!

Chato B Stewart

Quick Cure for Mental Health Blues – Gopher It!

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2010). Quick Cure for Mental Health Blues – Gopher It!. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 1, 2020, from


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