Centerstone creates comic book hero ‘Spark’ to engage conversations around mental health

  • Amanda McGeshick is the program manager for Centerstone.

Working in community mental health, my team and I teach students about topics ranging from depression to teen pregnancy prevention. And we’ve been duly schooled in how to communicate with our audience.

I can share the very best data to convince tweens and teens to hear our lessons, but if it isn’t presented in a compelling way then they may not pay attention. It’s so important to meet people where they are, and that’s how Centerstone Comics and our superhero Spark came to exist.

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Creating a spark through comic books

It started when a colleague saw a comic book about Martin Luther King, Jr. If the medium can teach history then it can convey our messages.

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