New York County Looks Towards Captain America to Help in Suicide Prevention


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Captain America: A Little HelpA New York County is looking to Marvel Comic‘s recently released Captain America: A Little Help to raise awareness of suicide prevention.  Written by Dr. Tim Ursiny and illustrated by Nick Dragotta the tale sees a teen about to commit suicide who has to help Captain America.  The only dialogue is at the end when the teen calls the Suicide Prevention Hotline and a number is given.

Kimberley Streusel, director of prevention services at the Allegany Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ACASA) called the story a “good tool for parents to be looking at.”  Between 2006 and 2008, 22 deaths were attributed to suicide with 4 of those being children in the age range of 15 to 19.  The county rate is higher than the state rate.

Dr. Rex Olson, clinical director at Alfred State College, who deals with suicide intervention, said, “Anytime we can get the message out that it is okay to ask for help is a good message to get out. I know kids nowadays are much more visual and they are much more technologically sophisticated than previous generations. A visual story that shows that even Capt. America, as strong as he is, needs help, is good. Anything that helps people have a conversation about suicide and shows that it is OK to get help is an OK thing to do, especially in a county which has one of the highest suicide rates in the state.”

You can find the comic book online here.