Cap­tain Amer­ica takes on a new en­emy: sui­cide

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Cap­tain Amer­ica has taken on some tough jobs over the years, and now he’s tack­ling one of the tough­est: sui­cide.

In a free Cap­tain Amer­ica dig­i­tal comic book, Cap­tain Amer­ica: A Lit­tle Help, a sui­ci­dal youth with a lot to be de­spon­dent about finds a rea­son to live af­ter help­ing the red, white and blue-adorned hero de­feat an uniden­ti­fied robot­like vil­lain.

Out­liers doesn’t want to give the whole story away, but at a key mo­ment, the youth flings the cap­tain’s su­per-pow­ered shield, sav­ing the su­per­hero but nearly get­ting killed him­self in the process. Help­ing to win the battle gives the youth a rea­son to call the Na­tional Sui­cide Preven­tion Life­line, the phone num­ber of which, 800-273-TALK, is fea­tured promi­nently at a key mo­ment in the story. The comic is get­ting a pub­lic re­la­tions push from the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which funds the sui­cide hot­line. You can read the comic on­line at: bit.ly/eanCqa or with the Marvel app avail­able on var­i­ous Ap­ple de­vices.

Cap­tain Amer­ica strikes a pose against sui­cide.

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