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Where Are They Now? Mental Health Heroes: History

All the Mental Health Heroes I’ve drawn over the years and built friendships with are special to me.  Some I’ve had the pleasure to meet over the years. Other Mental Health Heroes, I’ve enjoyed working with on different projects and as partners, and colleague and fellow bloggers and artists.

History of The Cartoon-A-thon

Planting The Seeds Of Hope With Humor

What was the Cartoon-A-Thon anyway?

“The purpose of the Cartoon-A-Thon is to use humor and laughter as positive tools in dealing with emotional disturbances which affect many people and families due to mental Illness…Chato B. Stewart has been drawing cartoons to help thousands find a smile. Over the past year he has Volunteered his time and talent drawing cartoons to help in educating others about mental disorders. The Blog, Mental Health Humor went online May 14th, 2007. Since then, it has won many awards and much acclaim from fellow bloggers. The blog has been visited by 96,087 unique people and has explored and looked at 374,807 time also called “page views”‘.  –

It began in 2007, three years before I started blogging here at Psych Central April 23, 2010.  The idea was to draw cartoons about mental health issues from a Peers-point-of-view and share them during the Mental Health Month in May.

The first Cartoon-a-Thon started with me drawing my first 6 cartoons. I volunteered at Drop-in-Center facilitating a support group. I showed them the cartoons and they said I should share my cartoons on their table at a local Mental Health Awareness event in May of 2007.  This was the unofficial start to the Cartoon-a-ton. At this time the series was not titled “Mental Health Humor.”

I was drawing things from my twisted point-of-view without a filter,  and even though they were not “X” or “R” rated, I did not have a good directive yet.  I titled the series “Da Stew-Pid Word”.

It was self-deprecating my last name Chato “Stewart” type humor.  Here are a few examples of the two used later as Mental Health Humor cartoons.  One I’ve NEVER re-published… HERE (Trigger Warning: It’s about an Executioner).

I got a lot of great POSTIVE feedback about the cartoons.  It was here that I could see the cartoons Planting The Seeds Of Hope through humor with my peers.  Hope and Humor became an equation in my mind = HEALING.

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Where Are They Now? Mental Health Heroes: History

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. (2018). Where Are They Now? Mental Health Heroes: History. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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