Can a cartoon series address suicide?

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There is a new animated series (My life is worth living) who hopes to prevent suicide through their stories. They want to show how important the human connection is for prevention. But can such a serious subject be approached through a cartoon?

Daniel Hess, founder of To Tony Productions think this concept works, assuming the series has some depth. Hess explains, “The characters in the show have to show something that viewers can relate to. The shows that I liked the most in my youth were the ones where I could see myself in a main character. “

“People at risk of suicide can follow the path of characters that one can relate to,” added Hüdanur Akkuzu, psychology consultant at Oh so flawless. “They might feel less alone and learn to deal with negative feelings. It can also help to show characters seeking professional support.

But Akkuzu believes everyone’s story is unique, and specific solutions may not work well for some people. He gave an example: “If a character gets her boyfriend’s support and feels better, it can make the audience feel more lonely if they don’t have that support. “

In addition to showing how to overcome suicidal thoughts, Kevin Maberly, mental health consultant at Medical Tiger believes that a cartoon series or a cartoon character can help young people realize that seizures are usually temporary. Maberly said, “Positive events can happen and situations can be changed. Cartoon characters can play an important role in connecting adolescents to the negative impact of suicide attempts. ”

Unfortunately, the stigma and insufficient understanding of suicide continues to be a problem. Discussing this topic in accessible media is also another way to raise awareness about suicide. Illustrator Hamish MacDonald says we always have a mindset of, “‘You can’t show this! ‘, as these thoughts are radioactive contagion that must be contained and hidden. But in my experience, when I was in this state, I was so stuck in my own private vortex that I was completely disconnected from empathy. I couldn’t hear what others were trying to tell me or feel their concern, let alone be influenced by them.

“Fortunately, it’s been decades since I’ve been in this place,” said McDonald, “but that also means it’s harder to access that mindset. Looking back on my experience, that seems like a stupid, selfish indulgence that almost made me hurt people deeply for reasons that seem trivial now. ”

Like Scott Ferguson, founder of I on golf says, “Bias and perspective are developed and taught.” Letting children learn more about suicide will end the stigma about it. A cartoon like this isn’t about shedding light on the situation. Instead, he sheds light on it, so people know about it and take it seriously. “

“Not only will this increase awareness,” noted Ian Sells, CEO of Discount key, “But I hope to help create protective factors for older children and adolescents.” And if it is used as a springboard for parents and guardians to talk and interact with teens, and if the series can help teens connect better with others, then I’m sure it will have a positive impact and improve the quality of life. mental health of those it targets. target.

Tamara Jong, a writer in Canada, is another proponent of this cartoon concept. “Kids talk about these things more openly,” Jong said, but “maybe not with adults (like when we were kids). In one comic I read, she talks about a classmate who committed suicide, the way the kids handled it and rumors going around as to why the classmate did it. It seemed pretty honest and real and doesn’t make it all tidy because life rarely is. I also alluded to suicide in my comic book “Fear, a Short-ish History” because I thought it was easier to tell the story with pictures and people. seemed to identify with it. “

With suicide rates as high as they are, Akkuzu is an advocate for finding multiple solutions to see if that helps. He said: “A cartoon series can be a good solution if it helps to make suicide prevention more accessible to many young people and to shed light on the situation”. Jong also thinks it’s important to invest in multiple ways to reach children. She added, “The real conversation is so important, and it looks like this show can do it.”

Categories: Mass media, Suicide, Adolescents | Tags: suicide prevention

Tina Arnoldi, MA is a marketing consultant and freelance writer in Charleston SC. Learn more about her and log on to TinaArnoldi.com

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