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Alternatives Conference: Me and the Open Mic

Open Mic @ Alternatives Conference 2011

Alternatives Conference: Me and the Open Mic

This past week I attended one the largest Mental health consumers/peers conferences that I’ve ever gone to. How special it was to be part of the 25th annual Alternatives conference, the oldest national mental health conference organized by and for mental health consumers/survivors!  It was held October 26-30, 2011 at the Caribe Royale Orlando.

I worked hard to find a way there but it seemed like I wouldn’t be able to go until I got a last minute sponsor push.  Although I missed the art show, I was able to get there Friday night and did mysStand-up act for the open mic….OUCH, did I bomb or what? 

I was not on my game and the audience was small, maybe 60 at most.  I had my son with me so I decided to go on stage early in the evening.  I took spot 4 and each participant was told to ONLY take 5 min.  I feel bad because I did not get the feel for the crowd till about 4 minutes in so there was no way I was going to give up the mic till I redeemed myself and got a few good laughs.

I said sorry to Sharron who was Master of Ceremonies.  She kept giving me the signal that my time was up, but I would not go till this fat man sang… or in my case, danced.  I did my whole act (ten minutes) and even though it was not my best set (performance) I did learn a LOT.  It was such a great experience and that was just Friday night.

Tomorrow, I will share some really great pictures of people I met there.


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Alternatives Conference: Me and the Open Mic

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). Alternatives Conference: Me and the Open Mic. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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