Chato Stewart winner of the 2012 WEGO Health Hilarious Activist Award:
When Chato B. Stewart started the Cartoon-A-thon in 2008…his goal: Be “actively” contributing in a small way to May’s Mental Health Awareness month which was established by Mental Health Americana in 1946. Since then he has drawn many heroes and this year we have an amazing line up of peer and professional heroes.
“The purpose of the Cartoon-A-Thon is to use humor and laughter as positive tools in dealing with emotional disturbances which effect many people and families due to mental illness.”
As a person living with Bipolar Disorder and a cartoonist, Chato Stewart came up with an idea of drawing cartoons about mental health disorders each day in May for Mental Health Month.
In 2008, he drew about 18 cartoons. The following year in 2009, he drew 31 cartoons and included some of his readers. In 2010, he introduced the “Mental Health Heroes” that highlighted 31 heroes in the mental health community. In 2011 and 2012 he kept up with the hero theme to give his peer a voice and platform to tell their story.
Many peer we over joyed when in 2012 when Chato’s 3 girl started drawing the heroes with him and again this year they will pull out there crayons and draw along with him.
This year, we will once again use a blog format for the Cartoon-A-thon and focus on Mental Health Heroes. Each Day Chato Stewart will draw and post once hero to 4 different blog and tweet them on 4 twitter account along with sharing them with his Facebook friends. Right there they will be exposed to over
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