Project: Press Play


Mental Health Comics


We are inspired by these comics that deal with mental health issues so honestly and movingly. We hope you’ll check them out.

There are many other great resources out there — should you have other recommendations, please email us and we’ll add them to this list for your fellow Press Players.


Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me by Ellen Forney

In this graphic memoir, cartoonist Ellen Forney explores her bipolar disorder and the relationship between “crazy” and “creative,” woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers. 


The Courage to Be Me by Nina Burrowes

An illustrated story about courage, self-compassion and hope after rape or sexual abuse, the comic is created by psychologist Nina Burrowes as she chronicles a group of women’s journey through therapy and recovery.


#speakthesecret by Karen Kleiman and Molly Mcintyre

Created for the Postpartum Stress Center, this comic strip depicts the silent struggle of postpartum distress, illustrating “the words that postpartum women are not speaking.”


everyone’s a aliben when ur a aliebn too by Jomny Sun

Even though the comic is not mental health-specific, it deeply explores the state of being lost, lonely and confused as the central character pursues friendship, acceptance, and love. A sweet story that is charmingly drawn.


Disclaimer: We are neither affiliated with nor receiving any financial benefit from the organizations and products listed above, unless specified. We have provided this information to help those of us who need it. Do inform us should the information is no longer valid. Thank you.

We are also not medical/mental health professionals. The information we posted on this website is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, or used for medical diagnosis and treatment — it is provided for educational supplemental purposes only. When in doubt, always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider.

Edward Gunawan