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The Voice of Hope: When Did You Start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons?

Part 4 of The Voice Of Hope Newsletter Interview with Dianne Stringer the Peer Support Coordinator, Recovery Educator at Patient/Client & Family Council in Penetanguishene, Ontario Canada.

Chato B. Stewart is one of those gems you find when Googling for information for this newsletter. He opened himself up to me recently. Turns out, this guy has some real insight and we could all learn something from his path and his laughter. – Dianne Stringer

Chato B Stewart HumouristDianne: What possesses you to draw?

Chato: Drawing the cartoons, like I mentioned earlier, started while I was in the psychiatric ward. What kept me drawing them was selfish reasons… You see, I was using the cartoons as art therapy. It wasn’t until I posted three cartoons online, after a friend encouraged me to make a website for them, that I realized the power behind something as simple as a cartoon to bring a little smile to one of my peers.

Within less than two months, I was hired as a blogger for mental health at a blogging network. In May 2010, I started blogging at Psych Central (established in 1995). It’s the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. I feel right at home blogging; not to mention meeting many mental health advocates and peers helps me feel that I’m not alone in my recovery.
I started drawing the cartoons to help me stay balanced. Now, I draw the cartoons so that I can bring a smile and a little humor to the lives of my peers. I’ll be the first to tell you, my cartoons are not for everyone. But the concept of using humor as a healthy coping skill can be applied by everyone.

 

Mental Health Humor Cartoons

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The Voice of Hope: When Did You Start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons?


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). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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Stewart, C. (2011). The Voice of Hope: When Did You Start Drawing Mental Health Humor Cartoons?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 20, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2011/09/the-voice-of-hope-when-did-you-start-drawing-mental-health-humor-cartoons/

 

Last updated: 15 Sep 2011
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