Archives for May, 2013

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John & Elaine Leadem Final #MentalHealthHeroes Cartoon-A-Thon #MentalHealthMonth

John and Elaine Leadem 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
John & Elaine Leadem are trailblazers in the field of couples counseling. Having entered the 12-step communities at a relatively young age they originally incorporated into their marriage a traditional 12-step philosophy that taught them to "stay out of each others program." In this model they continued to hide behind personal recovery in ways that...
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Shana Koehler Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Shana Koehler 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
About love to read!! I also love to color. I find coloring helps me with anxiety. Reading usually takes me away from the world once I can concentrate enough on a book to get lost in it. (ADD & mind racing)
A few years ago, after my finished basement flooded a few times, I hired a friend...
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Caroline Bond Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Caroline "Carol" Bond 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
I'm Carol Bond and I wrote this poem in 2006 and it still rings very true. Depression has shaped me in many ways, for good and bad. I am the current president of High Country NAMI (Boone, NC) and want to use my experiences to be a better person and help others. There is a song whose lyrics are:...
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Gina Jones Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Gina Jones 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
Gina Jones, has been working tirelessly for years to help individuals in all situations to get well and healthy. But not just that,, she offers her home and heart to all who need a moment of comfort. Surviving Breast Cancer in 2004, Working with NAMI for years, Providing a "Warm Line" for locals who need to talk. Gina has been...
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Chris Dean Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Chris Dean 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart My name is Chris Dean. I’m married to an awesome guy who swears he doesn’t mind putting up with me. We have four adult-kids who are surprisingly functional, considering they grew up with me as their Mom.

We all live in the Hoosier State surrounded by the petting zoo I have systematically managed to turn our home...
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Victoria Maxwell Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Victoria Maxwell 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

Victoria Maxwell (BFA/BPP*) has become as known as North America’s very own Bipolar Princess and is a sought after speaker, performer and educator on the ‘lived’ experience of mental illness, recovery, return to work and dismantling stigma.
She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 12 years, been presenting keynote performances and workshops at...
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Psych Central’s Margarita Tartakovsky Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Margarita Tartakovsky 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

Unfortunately, in our society, many people with mental illness struggle doubly. They not only have the challenges of a mental illness, but also the stigma that comes from others and even themselves. So many people beat themselves up about where they are, and where they “should” be. Many people feel isolated and alone. And they...
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Michael Kuhl Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Michael Kuhl 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

About taking the first steps to going to a support group Michael Kuhl, DSBA Louisville President "The hardest showing up the first time."
Michael Kuhl is also on the board of directors and in office as secretary at the national level of READ MORE


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Melanie Oldham Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Melanie Oldham 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

My name is Melanie Oldham. I am bipolar. I am also a wife, a mother, a court reporter.

At the age of 40, I decided I was drinking too much alcohol. I checked myself into a rehab. After five days of getting all the alcohol out of my system, they sent me home. The very next day, Thanksgiving Day 2007,...
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Chris Curry Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth

Chris Curry 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart

Chris Curry is a therapist, public speaker, author and musician who focuses all aspects of his professional life around mental health and the reduction of stigma. Author of addiction memoir, 'Completely in Blue' (on amazon), mental health stigma blogger, mental health counselor, musician in the band Bohemian READ MORE

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