In the modern age, mental health has become as important as physical health. People all over the world are discussing disorders like anxiety and how it can affect everyday life. And with the debate comes a duty to break down stigma so more people feel comfortable talking about their experiences.
Storytelling is an effective way of presenting mental health in a relatable way. Stories inspire us. They introduce us to characters who’ve been through similar situations and have managed to overcome adversity.
Comics are a wonderful medium for mental health positivity. They show readers that even the mightiest of superheroes like Thor and Captain Marvel can be vulnerable. It’s humbling to see such powerful characters be brought down to earth and made to deal with the same problems that humans face on a regular basis.
Seeing a superhero overcome their mental health struggles is inspiring. Readers witness their own journey reflected back at them and it might encourage them to make a positive change in their life.
Various comic book stories have covered issues as heartbreaking as depression and suicide. But by the end of the story, there’s always a ray of hope. After reading one of these stories, you’ll be reminded that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
10. Daredevil: Born Again
A common mental health disorder, depression effects people all over the world. Daredevil is a superhero who’s suffered from depression his entire life and few stories capture his struggle as vividly as Born Again.
Written by Frank Miller, Born Again is widely considered to be one of the greatest Daredevil stories of all-time. It focuses on Matt Murdock’s descent into madness at the hands of the Kingpin. When the crime lord finds out Daredevil’s identity, he destroys Matt’s life by taking away his job, his home and his reason to live.
Sinking into depression, the Man Without Fear ends up homeless on the streets of New York. Miller doesn’t shy away from the debilitating effects of Matt’s condition. At one point, his depression becomes so severe that he lashes out at his best friend Foggy Nelson and threatens to attack innocent people.
Refusing to give up, Daredevil pulls himself out of the depths of despair. He fights back against Kingpin, eventually exposing him as criminal.
Born Again is must-read story for anyone who suffers from depression because of its realism and relatable themes.