Suicide prevention comes in all forms and formats. And why not comic book form, to reach kids and teens who digest comic books as easily as some digest video games?
Enter Captain America from Marvel comics.
I don’t see how anything like this could possibly hurt. Appealing to those who are suicidal in every form possible and in every type of media just makes sense. I liked the short story — it told a story of hope in just 12 pages. Because suicide is primarily about hopelessness — about running out of the resources needed to cope.
The 11-page story “Captain America: A Little Help” is written by psychologist Tim Ursiny and illustrated by Nick Dragotta.
In it, a despondent youth is poised to jump off a building when he spies Captain America facing a bevy of villains on a nearby roof. The fracas keeps him from going over the edge, literally and figuratively.
There is no dialogue, save for the end, which ends with the boy saving both the hero and, in the process, himself.
You can view the entire comic book for free online here: http://tinyurl.com/6dgtckw
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Youth Captain America (1/30/2011)
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Jan 2011
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Grohol, J. (2011). Captain America Fights Suicide. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/01/18/captain-america-fights-suicide/