Centerstone creates comic book hero ‘Spark’ to spark conversations about mental health

  • Amanda McGeshick is the program manager for Centerstone.

My team and I, who work in community mental health, teach students about topics ranging from depression to teenage pregnancy prevention. And we are well trained in how to communicate with our audience.

I can share the very best data to convince tweens and teens to take our classes, but if it’s not presented in an engaging way, they may not be paying attention. Meeting people where they are is so important, and that’s how Centerstone Comics and our superhero Spark were born.

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Creating a spark through comic books

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

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