Close

Sun Subscriber Website Login






Please wait....
 
News Story
Updated: 08/17/2014 08:00:00AM

Charlotte’s suicide rate alarming

Share this story:


ILLUSTRATION BY CHATO B. STEWART

Blogger, cartoonist and mental health advocate Chato B. Stewart turned to art as a way to cope with his depression. In 2004, the Port Charlotte man was diagnosed with bipolar and mood disorders, after a suicide attempt. After recieving treatment, Stewart became a mental health advocate, hoping to raise awareness around an issue that affects one in every four American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Blogger, cartoonist and mental health advocate Chato B. Stewart shares his struggles with depression and bipolar disorder through his art. In June 2004, the 43-year-old Port Charlotte man attempted suicide. Here, you can see the date of his planned death, which he branded with a hot knife on his left forearm. "I didn't really want to die," he said. "But I didn't know how else to relieve the pain I was feeling inside."

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA
Blogger, cartoonist and mental health advocate Chato B. Stewart shares his struggles with depression and bipolar disorder through his art. In June 2004, the 43-year-old Port Charlotte man attempted suicide. Here, you can see the date of his planned death, which he branded with a hot knife on his left forearm. "I didn't really want to die," he said. "But I didn't know how else to relieve the pain I was feeling inside."

SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA

Blogger, cartoonist and mental health advocate Chato B. Stewart shares his struggles with depression and bi-polar disorder through his art. In June 2004, the 43-year-old Port Charlotte man attempted suicide. Here, you can see the date of his planned death which he brand with a hot knife on his left forearm. "I didn't really want to die," he said. "But I didn't know how else to releive the pain I was feeling inside."

ILLUSTRATION BY CHATO B. STEWART

Blogger, cartoonist and mental health advocate Chato B. Stewart turned to art as a way to cope with his depression. In 2004, the Port Charlotte man was diagnosed with bi-polar and mood disorders after an attempted suicide. After recieving treatment, Stewart became a mental health advocate hoping to raise awareness around an issue that affect one in every four American adults according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By BRENDA BARBOSA

Text Size:


On a warm, sunny morning in June, an 83-year-old Englewood man walked into Englewood Community Funeral Home on South McCall Road and, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, asked if his funeral arrangements were in order. Then, without warning, the man went outside to the front parking lot and shot himself.

Medical emergency service workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

You are currently not logged in
By logging in you can see the full story.

Subscribe to 
							the E-Edition
Get the Sun Delivered


ADVERTISEMENT