Mental Health Hero for May 30th: Pascale Iliou http://mentalhealthcartoons.com/bio/may30-mental-health-hero.html Would you like to know more about Chato B . Stewart?
Here is a little book for you and your children to read or listen to that is good for our mental health. I wrote and illustrated it in 2007.
What does it take to learn a good lesson, anyway?written by: Chato B. Stewart dedicated to LP, Sweet Pea, Precious & Belly
Man, there is nothing that makes me feel more worthless and just stupid than my spelling and grammar! When you read my blogs, you might not think I have a major problem. In reality, it took me years to improve my basic writing skills. I’m dyslectic! That diagnosis was given me back in 1979. Today, I think it would have been ADHD. Reading and writing is a CHORE for me!! Even now, my spell check has given up on me! To understand the embarrassment and horror, you would really have to walk in my shoes...In a world powered by data and information, it's "crucial" to express yourself clearly in the writer world. When I was 13, my reading level was only 3rd grade. It didn't help that while growing up, my father called me "stupid" and belittled me at every chance! It’s no wonder I’m crazy! I remember this one time, while he asked me to spell one word… He made me sit on a chair for 8 hours until I could spell it! Once I spelled it correctly, he made me spell it out loud over and over again… I was ten; the word “information.”
Today, W. Robert Nay, PhD wrote an "Awesome" post on his blog that I wanted to highlight. Dr. Nay is a clinical psychologist in private practice and Clinical Associate Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of Taking Charge of Anger and Overcoming Anger in Your Relationship. In his post titled, The ABCs of Overcoming Anger in Your Relationship he gives us 5 steps to a good relationship. Here are Dr. W. Robert Nay's five steps to overcoming anger in your relationship… accompanied with 5 of my cartoons:
Cartoon-A-Thon’s Mental Health Hero: UPDATE It's the 22nd! Yes, we are coming to the last few miles of mental health awareness. I planned on drawing all week but due to work and some kind of jaw/tooth pain, I've been sidelined until today. For the last few weeks, the pain came and went. I went to the doctor yesterday cause...OUCH, the pain was so severe!! I've always had a high tolerance to pain. Well, when you consider my past issues with cutting and branding, you have be able to take what you're dishing out to yourself. Still, constant building pain can be overwhelming...meaning, I want this pain over with and fast!! I know a lot of you reading this understand what I'm talking about first hand. Now, I'm at the doctor's office and right off the bat she tells me, 'my symptoms sound like TMJ.' I have to get a CAT scan to rule it out. Other issues could be a tooth thing and then another possibility... (She did not specify since she did not have all the facts) I'm thinking cancer but she assured me, most likely, it's TMJ. I found this info on a website about TMJ. When I read the symptoms, I had and "AHAAA" moment. I bolded all of the symptoms I've experienced over the past few weeks. This is not the first time I've dealt with this thing. It's just the first time the pain was off the scale!
Mental Health Humor Cartoon-A-Thon’s May 11-17 Mental Health Heroes I wish I could write a post for each one of this week's heroes! I'm behind with work. So, I'm going to have to mass post them today. But each one of the following heroes will be featured in a future blog post. Thanks!
Have you wondered why I volunteered to draw 31 cartoons (caricatures) for my Cartoon-a-Thon’s Mental Health Awareness Month Project?? Someone questioned me the other day as to why I volunteer so "little" time toward mental health advocacy. Implying drawing these cartoons and caricatures could never match her 3 hours a week of volunteering at a local mental health service (names withheld to protect the uninformed). I’m not on SSI and have to work even when I’m symptomatic! I have to push through the depression or mania to make sure my wife and 4 children have food and we have a roof over our heads. Sometimes, it does not always work out so smoothly! For example, my cartoon below, reflects what a few of my mental health movements consisted of… Me moving!!
Cartoon-A-Thon’s May 15th Mental Health Hero: UPDATE I can't believe the month is half over! I had to work a lot this week and that put me behind in my drawing. I knew sitting down today, I had to draw and ink at least 8 people... I was only able to do 6 and a half. Before getting started, I knew I'd need some encouragement and motivation. So, I tapped into my Facebook friends! Let's take a quick look at some of my friends' replies: