AFK Rooms

Gamers Helping Gamers

Crowds, schedules, the immediacy of once-a-year events and other stressors common at conventions and expos can be triggers for many emotional issues, especially anxiety and depression.

More than a quiet room, the Take This AFK Room is a safe space for people who need it, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who are stressed out. Some visitors simply need a break from the excitement and stimulation of a large event. Others seek conversation about mental health related issues. Still others check in to support us and our mission. We are happy to meet you all.

Since Spring 2014, Take This has hosted AFK Rooms at every North American PAX event, with over 500 visitors per day. Starting in 2015, the AFK Room has been available at every PAX worldwide, and we’ve brought it to many other events as well.

For more about the Take This AFK Room, or emotional first aid certification, please contact info@takethis.org.

If you are a mental health care practitioner and would like to volunteer for the AFK, please fill out our volunteer form here: http://www.takethis.org/volunteer/

or contact Executive Director Russ Pitts at russ@takethis.org.

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TakeThis, 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 and in need of immediate intervention, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.