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Social Distancing Summer

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart

Summer in Solitude. An opportunity?

An opportunity for self-growth. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are all learning to navigate life in the throes of a global pandemic. Perhaps, we are all learning self-discipline also. Too much travel may not be too prudent. Maintaining physical distancing and staying home if not feeling well means putting Others ahead of ourselves. Now is the time, we need to expand our range of compassion and concern for humanity. Thinking more about the big picture and the greater good is an expression of love.

Whenever & Wherever

Wherever we go, it is important– whenever–we are out: for public and private health (family, friends, community), wellness to be mindful and aware of our interactions. The vulnerable among us need extra consideration and respect and dignity as do us all.

As a form of common courtesy when/if out and about in public settings (grocery store & etc.), our family wears masks. We keep gloves at hand.;) We avoid crowds. We wash our hands frequently, sanitize items thoroughly, and take our shoes off when entering our home.

We may have to physically distance temporarily, but we can still safely socialize this Summer via videoconferencing, zoom gathering, texting, e-mailing, and yes, even snail mailing. My family has been writing comforting letters and making cards to reach out. This activity has been emotionally helpful and serves as a positive coping skill.

Is there someone You can write a kind, encouraging letter expressing Your concern? Is there an old friend or old relative who would be happy to hear from You? Is there someone who could use some cheering up? Who knows when/if the opportunity to slow-down and reach-out safely will come again.

Real-world evidence shows something is going on…Don’t Panic. Keep Eyes open, gather FACTS.

We can keep Summer safe with safe information…the type of information we can trust from reliable, untainted, unbiased sources. Sources that are motivated by the love of humanity, life, and not the love of money.

Stay Well! and enjoy a safe Summer.


Social Distancing Summer

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).

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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2020). Social Distancing Summer. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from


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