2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawings done by Chato Stewart
I can’t believe the Cartoon-A-Thon of Mental Health Heroes starts in a few hours. Our 2012 heroes last year included my wife and one of my sisters, along with some really amazing peers and professionals in the mental health community. We also had heroes from around the world from Australia to Greenland and everywhere in-between.
My three girls have taken it upon themselves to draw the mental health heroes also. They drew each hero and their drawings were posted with my caricature. Many of them were mailed to the heroes along with my caricature. Fun humbling fact: more people commented and used my kids’ drawings of them as profile pictures than any of the caricatures I drew.
Below you can see the 2012 class or Mental Health Heroes. This year they got to share with me in finding this year’s heroes. I also opened this year up to allow peers to nominate Heroes. This cartoon-a-thon is always going to be a work in progress and allowing the past heroes to nominate heroes will become a very important part of the event.
My kids are already working on the first Mental Health Hero and I will start drawing soon. I want to welcome everyone to the 5th annual Mental Health Heroes Cartoon-a-Thon for Mental Health Month! This event is done in conjunction with Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Month.
Mental Health Month 2013 “Pathways to Wellness”
WHEREAS, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and
WHEREAS, all Americans experience times of difficulty and stress in their lives; and
WHEREAS, promotion and prevention are effective ways to reduce the burden of mental health conditions; and
WHEREAS, there is a strong body of research that support user-friendly tools that all Americans can access to better
handle challenges, and protect their health and well-being; and
WHEREAS, mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our nation; and WHEREAS, with effective treatment, those individuals with mental health conditions can recover and lead full, productive lives; and WHEREAS, each business, school, government agency, faith-based organization, health care provider, and citizen has a responsibility to promote mental wellness and support prevention efforts.
THEREFORE, I Chato B. Stewart, do hereby proclaim May 2013 as Mental Health Month on Mental Health Humor blogs.
As the Blogger and cartoonist, I also call upon my peers and professionals and other fellow blogger citizens to recommit our online communities to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our citizen readers can take to protect their mental health and the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions!
I hereby proclaim the start of Mental Health Month’s Cartoon-a-thon of Mental Health Heroes….Cartoonist may now start drawing!
Please help by sharing the heroes with your social networks. Tweet, Share, Pin, or even print. Thank you for your support!!
That’s it! Thank you for being Part of this year’s Cartoon-A-thon!
See you next year.
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