May 2010–Mental Health Awareness Month–was special! It was the first full month I would try to draw a caricature of my peers they recommended and nominated as Mental Health Heroes.
Each Mental health Hero would have a caricature drawn and they were given a guest blog post to write their bio and tell their story or share their mental health advocacy journey. Like all new things, there were kinks that needed to be worked out.
The idea of the Mental Health Hero was to give my peers platform for their message, their story, and to have fun drawing them as a Mental Health advocate caricature.
Where Are They Now: Mental Health Hero
Clint Rayner (MHHero 2010)
Clint worked in the mental health field a long while. His long list of corporate world jobs and CEO, President and on various boards would make your head spin.
Clint was part of the team that brought certified peer specialists to Florida. He developed, implemented most inclusive certified peer specialists in SAMH including VA, forensic, family,trauma-informed, suicide prevention, etc. in the nation.
Besides his work that has helped thousands of peers and his awards and his accolades that I could list for some time, he always has time help people!
Over the years, he has gone out of his way to encourage me and had been a virtual mentor of sorts setting a great example as an advocate!
Here are just a few of his public messages he sent little old me:
Clint, I thank you so much for the years of empowerment and encouragement!
BACK HOME NEXT #Cart-A-Thon History
Shared A Mental Health Hero Memory
“Thanks to my buddy and partner Chato B Stewart for acknowledging my efforts for pushing the envelope of education, personal empowerment and community involvement in the ongoing battle to transform mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention to the recovery model. 2010 MENTAL HEALTH HERO! Unfortunately, we have lost many friends and family members in these past 6 years and have much more work to do. Wow! Where has the time gone but what a great challenge before our work is done and we can finally rest. My way of acknowledging your spirit and efforts in our never ending fight against the stigma by saying, ” Thanks for all you do.” – Clint Rayner
Clint is still going strong I
Salute to my friend, partner, and colleague of much more than our 9 years on FB.
His unique approach and chosen profession to bring clarity and hope into the lives of our fellow citizens, the most vulnerable, continue be relevant and true today. Another validation of one of our truth bricks as we develop our homes of Recovery and Resiliency.
Laughter is the Best Medicine.
Rock on my brother and continue your mission. I have your dedication to me framed and on my wall. It was an honor to be a subject of your talents. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do.
Another Positive Letter from Clint:
Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor