Suicide Prevention Lifeline Promoted by Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics recently released Captain America: A Little Help, a free digital comic book.
The 11-page story features a despondent young man contemplating suicide by jumping off
After helping Captain America defeat villains battling on a nearby roof, the youth returns to
his apartment and calls SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK),
uttering the only dialogue of the comic: “I need help.”
“The primary demographic for readers of popular comic books is tech-savvy 20- to 28-year-old males,” said John Draper, Ph.D., Director of SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, in a guest post on SAMHSA’s blog. “Suicidal thoughts are common among persons in this age group, and males are particularly at higher risk of completing suicide.”
Read the full SAMHSA blog post about Captain America: A Little Help.