At its core, the driving force behind the concept of the superhero is hope. It’s about underdogs (with ridiculous, over-the-top powers and costumes, of course) beating a larger, deadlier foe in the nick of time. It’s about good always triumphing over evil, no matter the odds. It’s about believing that a better, safer world is right around the corner.
And so it’s no surprise that someone would use this trope to talk about mental health. In the video below, Laura Burke uses the idea of the superhero to frame her spoken-word poem about coping with her own mental illness. There are no explosions, no people flying around wearing their underwear on the outside of their clothes and there are no climactic battles in the “visual poem” she created with the people at the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Instead, there is a simple moving message: Those struggling with a mental illness don’t have to be ruled by it.
Take a look and a listen, and let us know what you think.