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Mental Health Positive Anniversary Week

Mental Health humor David Granirer and Chato Stewart stand up for mental health

David Granirer: I keep tellin’ ya Chato, It’s called STAND-UP

Chato Stewart: Sorry Dave

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Mental Health Positive Anniversary Week

It was 3 years ago, in March 2008, that I started drawing The Mental Health Humor cartoons. At first, I was apprehensive about depicting mental health issues in cartoons tastefully; my goal was to show the serious and debilitating effects of mental illness with a “positive” approach while using humor as a tool and coping mechanism. I feel that over the last four years, I can truly celebrate this anniversary knowing that I have accomplished that goal!

I’ve always known that my humor and cartoons would not be welcomed by everyone.  Some people are just not ready to laugh.  Others just don’t understand that it’s okay to laugh.  While still others just don’t get the humor! That’s okay!  My silly cartoons are not the important issue. What’s important is… we, peers living with mental illness, know it’s okay to find humor in our lives again.

I always joke with David Granirer, Founder, Stand Up For Mental Health, that when I first started out I e-mailed him to get his approval for my cartoons. I tell him, he told me that as long as I’m upsetting people it’s good… He can’t remember saying that, so this month, I made it a goal to find that e-mail, and I just found it.

18-Apr-2008, at 9:32 AM, Chato Stewart wrote:

Hi Dave,

I know your very busy, but from what i have seen when it comes to Mental Health Humor, your the guy!  The DBSA has put their support behind you so I to value your thoughts on matter of humor and mental health.

I was hoping if you have time you could take a look at my website:
I’m taking a different venue for humor with consumers, that of cartoons.

You thoughts and maybe if you like it would be nice seal of approval, since I’m still not sure what I’m doing is even right or good. I have had some very positive e-mails but with any mental health humor your always walking a thin line.

Thank you for your time.

Dave was quick to reply back then too, I only waited 2 days…

— On Sun, 4/20/2008, David Granirer wrote:
From: David Granirer
Subject: Re: Mental Health Humor
To: “Chato Stewart”
Date: Sunday, April 20, 2008, 12:57 AM

Chato, great to hear from you.  I went to your site, I saw some of the comments, especially the one from someone who said they had a good sense of humor but was offended – which probably means you’re on the right track! 🙂


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Mental Health Positive Anniversary Week

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. (2011). Mental Health Positive Anniversary Week. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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