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Where Are They Now? Mental Health Heroes: Mixing Humor

History of The Cartoon-A-thon

Mental Health and Humor Does It Mix?

One person gave some great constructive feedback about why I should NOT mix humor and the seriousness of mental illness. This brought my attention to a few valid points.  While I did not agree with the humor point…At the time, mixing mental health and humor was not so mainstream.  A few people thought the use of “stupid” (as in the title) could have a negative effect on my peers.  I agreed but struggled with my cartoonist identity. (See box)

Chato Stewart Cartoonist Identity
Early in 2007 I still holding on to the identity of a Cartoonist for the cleaning industry. Once I had a monthly sponsor, free product and did a demo. Even a cartoon calendar.  My cartoons were published in magazines and books and many guys around the world used the clip art I made and gave away for their business for years. Most of that life was already behind me but I was conflicted. I only had so much free time, and could only focus on drawing for one subject matter.

It all changed early in 2008. Not long after the event in 2007, I created my website with the few “Da Stew-Pid World” cartoons.  Joyfully in early 2008, I was offered my first Blog job at a new network and I changed the cartoon series title to Mental Health Humor.

During May in 2008, I knew I wanted to support Mental Health Awareness.  I’ve done walks, and gone to the local events but now, I had a blog platform and a growing audience.  My platform as a blogger and as a cartoonist could be a somewhat unique approach.

I would volunteer my time and effort to draw 31 cartoons for each day of Mental Health Awareness Month to give to my Peers.  To help spread a little smile or humor, just one laugh was worth the effort.

I believe in the power of humor helping us cope and heal.  Not that we will be cured, but for some Peers, I include myself, some days are very difficult; to put it mildly. On those days, I could go all day without laughing or a giggle or a smile.

So every once in a while, I’ll have to fake a laugh to make a laugh!  Because there is a real benefit to laughing.  I know somedays my cartoons aren’t all not funny. <–Double Negative Joke LOL.*Using two negatives turns the thought or sentence into a positive one. 

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Where Are They Now? Mental Health Heroes: Mixing Humor

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: Mixing Humor. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/05/mental-health-heroes-humor/

 

Last updated: 31 May 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 May 2018
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