Captain America Now Saving Troubled Kids From Death. Or Is It The Other Way Around?

Because bullying — and fighting it — is all the rage now, Marvel Entertainment’s Captain America is introducing a new enemy: suicide. In Captain America: A Little Help, written by psychologist Tim Ursiny, the all-American crusader finds himself saved by a young boy who’s contemplating killing himself. In the comic, you see past due bills, report cards, and a text message (from a girl) breaking it off with our troubled young boy Zach. But when Zach steps to the ledge to throw himself off the top of his building, he spies Captain America facing off against a crew of bad guys, and decides not to jump — and instead helps our superhero escape danger. The final strip: Him dialing the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and saying, “I need help.” It’s available for free this week online.

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