Take This is an informational organization. The resources we provide are for informational purposes only, and should not be used to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional.
Take This cannot be held responsible for the use of the information provided. Please always consult a trained mental health professional before making any decision regarding treatment of yourself or others.
Self-help information and information from the Internet is useful, but it is not a substitute for professional assistance. Please seek professional help immediately: if you have thoughts of killing (or otherwise harming) yourself or others; if you are gravely disabled (unable to care for yourself); if you are abusing substances; or if you or someone else is in any danger of harm.
The sole purpose of Take This is to offer resources and information to those dealing with mental health issues. We cannot, and will not, assuming the role of your physician or therapist.
If you are in need of help, please contact a qualified mental health care provider.
How to Help
I’d love to help Take This®! How can I do that?
Thank you so much for your interest in helping us out! There are lots of ways to help, from as simple as following us on social media to spreading the word to donating time or money. We’ve put together a handy list.
How do sign up for your newsletter?
You can sign up for the newsletter here. We'll inform you of upcoming volunteer opportunities, events, panels, fundraising events, and more!
What’s the best place/way to donate to Take This®?
Any way that you prefer is fine with us and much appreciated! You can donate here.
If you are interested in some behind the scenes material and other rewards, you may want to check out our Patreon.
I’d love to volunteer to write something for you! How do I do that?
That’s awesome! Thank you! Generally, our expert articles follow a few rules:
- They are original, mental-health related articles written for Take This.
- They are educational or informational in tone.
- They are not endorsing or promotional in nature. This includes, but is not limited to, promoting any one type of treatment, group, organization, individual, or product, nor do they guarantee results with any advice given.
- They are written by a mental health professional with experience in this topic or someone who has personally experienced the topic being discussed.
- They are written for a lay audience and use technical jargon only when necessary.
- They are grounded in evidence-based concepts and ideas.
- They are written for non-gamers and gamers alike, so a light smattering of gamer or geeky references is encouraged.
- They are hopeful, uplifting, and inclusive in tone.
- They are between 500 – 1000 words in length.
If you have an idea that you believe fits these criteria, please email email@example.com. Please include the following:
- Include in the subject line “EXPERT ARTICLE PROPOSAL” followed by a brief description of the article (e.g “recovering from trauma” or “Psychosis and Hellblade”)
- Attach your article in Word format.
- A brief bio on yourself, approximately 2-3 sentences should suffice.
We will review your submission, and if we are interested in publishing your article, you will be contacted via the email address you originally used, with proposed edits. If Take This® and the submitting author agree upon edits, it will be published on our site. Submission is not a guarantee of publication.
If I write something for your site, can I cross post it to my blog or another website?
If you'd like to cross post an article you write for us, that's generally fine as long as the following rules are followed:
- The original post is exclusive to Take This for at least 24 hours from the time of original publication on our site. You may cross post after that time.
- The post must be cross posted in its entirety.
- Any cross post includes the following statement at the top of the page, below the headline, but before the post content: "This article was originally written for TakeThis.org, a mental health nonprofit which seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, provide education about mental health challenges and prevention, and reduce the stigma of mental illness."
I love this article you posted! Can I link to it on my website?
Absolutely! We love that people are excited about the work we do, and if you want to point people to our website and/or resources, feel free!
I represent (insert company here), and I think we do something that your audience would love. If we can write something for you about what we do? We’d love to promote you on our site.
We’re glad you believe in what you do! That’s awesome! Unfortunately, we usually have to say no to these requests, as they violate our mission by being endorsing or promotional in nature. Please see above for our rules on expert articles. You’re still welcome to promote our website and our mission.
Myself or my company would love to sponsor a Take This® AFK Room or provide other forms of tangible support. How do we do that?
We always appreciate individuals and companies who want to support the mission of Take This®. Our various operations, including the event-based AFK Rooms™, require ongoing financial support to keep moving forward. If you and/or your company would like to support us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Take This® AFK Rooms™, what does “AFK” mean?
It means we’re old. AFK is an internet acronym meaning “Away From Keyboard” that dates back at least two decades. It represents the idea that the AFK Room™ is a means of getting away from the hustle and stimulation of crowded convention spaces. As one of our founders likes to say, “The AFK Room™ is the most boring room at the show, by design!”
Why isn’t the Take This® AFK Room™ open later?
The AFK Room™ always has at least one mental health professional volunteering in the room while open. Additionally, all the volunteers in all our AFK Rooms™ room go through the same, unified Take This® training prior to volunteering in the room. As much as we wish we could be for everyone who needs us at all hours, if we don’t have available volunteer mental health clinicians who have completed our training, we cannot keep the room open.
What’s the difference between a quiet space/chill out room at a convention and a Take This® AFK Room™?
With our first AFK Room™ debuting in April 2014, we were the first organization in the world to offer clinician-staffed mental health spaces at conventions. Take This® has an established, proprietary training program that trains our volunteers to moderate and maintain the atmosphere of the AFK Rooms™, as well as offer education, resources, and a listening ear to convention attendees without verging into offering therapeutic treatment.
Allocating a quiet space at conventions is a wonderful start, though it carries certain risks. If they are unstaffed (or if they are staffed by people who are untrained at how to maintain the balanced decorum of such a space), the quiet rooms run the risk of being used by attendees in ways that negate the rooms’ original purpose and paradoxically creating more stress on already vulnerable attendees.
Streaming, Trademark Usage, & Resources
What is the Ambassador Program and how do I get involved?
The Ambassador Program is a new project we’re working on that partners us with content creators who are committed to our values and mission and want to be a representative of our organization. We’re working on the recruitment process and training right now. It will be a way for folks to talk about mental health issues on their streams, be a safe and positive environment for folks to go to, and raise awareness and funds for Take This® and its mission.
We’ll be updating this section as we have more information to share. Keep an eye our here and on our social media channels for updates!
Can I stream and raise money for you?
Of course! We welcome and thank you for your support! We’re working on a new project called the Ambassador Program. Keep an eye out for information on that coming up soon!
If you aren't part of the Ambassador program, but still want to stream/fundraise for us, we have a couple requests:
- Most folks find it easiest to use Tiltify.
- Make note of our logo usage and trademark policy below.
- Feel free to direct people to resources, if needed. See below for specific sites. Our website is full of additional information.
- Please do not imply you've partnered with us or we're working together (we don't want folks to get confused).
- Remember that we’re a mental health organization and you are acting as a role model by streaming – keep it positive and supportive.
- Avoid using mental health stigma words, speaking negatively about mental health or anyone’s personal experiences.
- Have fun!
Can I use your logo(s) or graphics to promote my stream, to create promotional materials for fundraisers, etc?
Yes, as long as you follow these guidelines for trademark usage:
We at Take This® work hard to make our logos and images (our “marks”) recognizable symbols for people looking for information, education, and hope. We appreciate your desire to help us spread the word about our organization.
If you’ve formally partnered with us on an individual basis, we have or will provide terms for your use of our marks. Otherwise, we expect you to abide by the following guidelines whenever you use our marks. If we think that your use of our marks is in violation with any of our agreements with you or these guidelines, or if we feel that your use isn’t in Take This®’ best interest, we can revoke your right to use our marks at any time.
Your use of our marks shouldn’t suggest any sponsorship or endorsement by us, unless we’ve explicitly agreed to such use in writing.
You shouldn’t use our marks in a way that might confuse them with other brands.
Please don’t combine, overlap, or otherwise mix our marks with any other marks, images, or terms (including your logo).
Don’t change the color or aspect ratio of our marks.
Definitely don’t associate our marks with any vulgar, obscene, indecent or unlawful material.
Please don’t use our marks when making social media accounts or in any advertising or marketing campaigns.
Please don’t remove any trademark notice (like ® or “™”) from our marks or logos.
If you have any questions about using our marks, feel free to reach out to us.
I’m doing a fundraising stream/making a mental health related game/doing something related to Take This®’ mission. Can you help me promote it?
That’s great! We usually have to say no to direct promotions as they violate our mission by being endorsing or promotional in nature. We will inform the community about charity streamers at our discretion via our social media outlets, but do not endorse any specific persons, games, etc. If you would like to consider a partnership with Take This®, please contact us.
Do you have any resources I can give people when I stream?
Absolutely! Here is the link to our resources:
A few selected links from the resource page:
One-page streaming resource we created in partnership with the AdCouncil and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
I’d love to work for you! Are you hiring?
Not currently, but in case we are, we often reach out to our established volunteers, as they are familiar with the culture and operations of Take This®. That said, we’d love to grow to the point that we need to publicly post job openings. Until then, the best support you can give is either volunteering at a convention, donating to us, or both!
I have another question that was not addressed here.
If you have any other questions or need additional information, please contact us. We’ll make sure it gets to the right person to be answered.
Take This, Inc seeks to educate, inform, and advocate about about mental health issues in our community. We do not provide mental health services or professional consultations. For information on when to seek dedicated clinical help and how to find it, please visit our “When to Seek Help” page. If you or someone you know is in crisis, in need of immediate intervention, and based in the US, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255. You can also text AFK to 741741. Information for other countries/areas can be found here.