Current television’s role in mass media carries considerable clout when it comes to informing and shaping public perceptions. Characters portrayed on the screen can quickly become stereotypes when certain themes keep repeating from show to show. Unfortunately, this appears to be the case with current television’s depiction of mental illness.
Living with a mental health disorder is different for every person. Whether it’s anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder, everyone’s experience is unique to them. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms. As someone who experiences social anxiety, my coping strategies revolve around surrounding myself with pop culture because it’s what I’m passionate about. It’s what makes me happy. It reminds me that there are things worth fighting for.
Comics have played a huge role in improving my mental health. They’ve inspired me so much that I decided to do the worst thing that people with social anxiety can experience: put myself in a room with complete strangers and talk openly. More than that, comics inspired me to take the plunge with my first public presentation at the Doki Doki Festival in Manchester! Continue reading “Overcoming Social Anxiety And Delivering My First Public Presentation On Comics”
Mental health has never been more important than it is now. While many people have become more comfortable with talking about their experiences, there are countless more who are still hesitant to speak out for fear of being judged. When someone takes the time to address mental health, it can be extremely powerful and help to spread more compassion around the subject.
Compassion is a core tenant of being a superhero. And few superheroes are more empathetic than Wonder Woman. Strong, brave and resolute, Diana Prince has all the qualities of a mental health advocate. That’s why she’d made an excellent mental health first aider. Continue reading “Why Wonder Woman Would Be An Amazing Mental Health First Aider”
Mental health is a complex topic that affects people on different levels. While some are happy to talk about their struggles with disorders like anxiety, others continue to suffer in silence for fear of being perceived as weak. Within the world of comics, humans aren’t the only beings to suffer with their mental health. Gods are just as vulnerable, and even the mighty Thor has fallen victim to thoughts of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
The God of Thunder’s quest to improve his mental health has been the source of many recent Thor stories. Having lost the ability to wield Mjolnir and then fighting to prove his worthiness again, Thor’s struggles are relatable when filtered through the lens of emotional vulnerability. Continue reading “The God Of Self-Worth: Thor And Depression”
Coping with a mental health disorder can be one of the most difficult experiences of a person’s life. Conditions like anxiety and bipolar disorder may prevent someone from living to the fullest. One of the most liberating steps is the realisation that you aren’t alone and that it’s okay to share how you’re feeling with like-minded people.
Superheroes like Speedball understand the power of finding a routine that helps to manage a mental health condition. A sufferer of self-harm and low self-esteem, Robbie Baldwin has experienced more trauma that anyone his age should have to face. Read on to discover his coping mechanisms in the latest edition of Superhero Mentality. Continue reading “Superhero Mentality: Speedball”
There has been plenty of discussion recently about mental health and how it impacts people. Everyone is always looking for ways to improve their mental health, whether they want to cheer up, help their kids grow, or just to entertain themselves. Comic books may be a good solution to all of those problems. Why? Find out! Continue reading “Guest Post: The Mental Health Benefits of Reading Comics”
Retelling a superhero’s origin story can be a good way of introducing the character to a new audience. The best reinterpretations make us see characters in a new light, and in The Life of Captain Marvel, written by Margaret Stohl, Carol Danvers’ story is reimagined in a major way. Stohl takes Captain Marvel back to her New England roots, revealing insight into her complicated family life. The graphic novel is certain to please long-time fans of the character and act as a gateway for new readers. Continue reading “The Life Of Captain Marvel Review: A Reinterpretation For The Ages”
Mental health is one of the most important topics in the world today. It’s becoming easier for people to talk about disorders like anxiety and depression and the stigma is being broken down piece by piece. Comics are an amazing source of mental health inspiration because they feature characters who go through similar issues and show their vulnerability. Superhero Mentality is a series that focuses on a comic character with a mental health or physical disorder and reveals their coping strategies and routines. It’s my hope that the segment encourages readers to discuss their mental health and find their own positive mantras.
Anxiety is a common disorder that affects people across the world. Jessica Cruz, Earth’s first female Green Lantern, has battled with anxiety for years. It’s left her feeling broken and worthless, yet she’s never stopped fighting to overcome it. Continue reading “Superhero Mentality: Jessica Cruz”
Cyclops is one of the X-Men’s most well-known characters. As leader of the team, Scott Summers has fought to make the world a safer place for mutants. His tactical ability ranks him among Marvel’s greatest strategists, with Cyclops leading the X-Men to victory again and again. Scott is known for his power to shoot ‘optic blasts’ and his need to wear ‘ruby-quartz’ lenses to control them. While his optic blasts are impressive, it’s Cyclops’ ability to harness his powers that have turned him into the leader of the X-Men. I’m taking a look at how his abilities work. Continue reading “Examining The Powers Of Cyclops And How They Help Him To Be A Strong Leader”
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, affecting people all over the world. Whether in social situations or not, it can leave a person feeling worthless and paralysed. A superhero that’s needed to fight anxiety everyday is Jessica Cruz. As Earth’s first female Green Lantern, Jessica has a big role to fill, but her anxiety has made it difficult to fight crime. Her mental health struggles have been presented in an authentic way and I believe Jessica is a role model for people who suffer with anxiety. Continue reading “Coping With Anxiety: Jessica Cruz And Her Identity As A Mental Health Role Model”