Captain America speaks out (silently) against teen suicide

Captain America has battled dozens of enemies since his creation in 1941, including the Red Skull, Crossbones and Nazis. Now he's taking the fight beyond the pages of a comic book—by tackling suicide.

According to a press release from Marvel:

Marvel is proud to announce the release of Captain America: A Little Help, an all-new story ... in an effort to help raise awareness of suicide prevention. Written by Dr. Tim Ursiny, PH.D., CBC, RCC and illustrated by Nick Dragotta, this powerful story shows what happens when one man on the verge of suicide is drawn into a chance encounter with Captain America.

The 11-page comic, which Marvel released today, is mostly silent, with the only spoken words appearing on the last panel. USA Today says, "It's an intentional story device, designed to reflect how depression is all too often such a silent and lonely struggle." It's a poignant and effective tale ... one with a shield-wielding superhero.

You can read the issue for free through the Marvel Comics app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, in the pages of I Am an Avenger #5, or through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, which you can read here.

Marvel's brief comic lets us know that getting the courage to ask for help when you need it isn't just heroic: It's superheroic.

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