Comic Book Superhero Helps Fight Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

"Comic books often portray villains as not only evil and violent, but as having a mental illness, Pozios noted. An example would be the Joker from DC Comics’ Batman series, for instance. Through related media, comic books have the potential to perpetuate such stigmatizing inaccuracies to broader audiences.

“That’s why I thought it was important to create a character living with mental illness who is a hero, not a villain,” Pozios said. He noted that comic books also have a long tradition of social justice advocacy and can play a pivotal role in changing how people with mental illness are represented in entertainment media."

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