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Comic puts mental health issues in the picture

By Staff Reporter

A new comic book has been launched to "offer hope" to people struggling with their mental health.

'Mind Lock' was produced by a group of mental health service users, working with clinical psychology staff from the South Eastern Trust and a comic book artist.

It reflects the group's real-life experience of mental health difficulties and offers information and help to those who may be experiencing similar struggles.

The comic tells the story of a character called Sam in the tale Sam's Journey Home.

Comic book artist Jim Lavery said: "I know that comic books can tackle deep and complicated issues in a way that no other medium can. Sam creates a strategy to cope with his or her emotions on the journey home, and that is exactly what happened with our group as they went on this journey together."

The project began in October 2017 when the service users from Ards and North Down met clinical psychology staff and the comic book artist for eight sessions to devise the comic.

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