Author Archives: Raffael Boccamazzo

Community Building Tips from the Community

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day for all of us to reflect on our own mental health. Here at Take This, the preeminent non-profit mental health charity for the video game industry and community, we’ve always believed that it’s dangerous to go alone. Having community and feeling connected to people is good […]

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Self-Care and Streaming: Taking Time Off

Popular YouTube creator Jacksepticeye recently announced that he is taking a break. He cited several reasons, including finding less joy in creating videos, fears of diminished quality of his work, and his own mental health. He described the energy he spends on his work: creating videos daily, going on tour, and doing live shows. He […]

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The Take This Streaming Ambassador Program is Here!

On a panel at TwitchCon last year, we announced the development of an ambassador program for streamers. Earlier this year, we announced more details. The day has come when we can finally and excitedly announce that the Take This Streaming Ambassador program is now accepting applicants for its first year! Over the last several years, […]

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Suicide is a Scourge

Today, news broke that the world lost one of my heroes to suicide. I love food and cooking with a passion, and Anthony Bourdain was responsible for that in no small way. Earlier this week, we lost a brilliant icon in the fashion world to suicide. Kate Spade was responsible for at least one person […]

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Take “Take Your Pills” With a Grain of Salt

In the first 30 seconds of the Netflix documentary Take Your Pills, we hear about the troubling physical effects of stimulant medication, followed quickly with credits featuring images of skulls and skeletons slowly sinking in an ever-growing avalanche of pills. This film is not a balanced look at stimulant medication, and at its core, this […]

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How Streamers Can Respond When Viewers Need Help

What do you do when you’re a streamer and one of your viewers reaches out for help? Among my geeky colleagues and a multitude of streamers, addressing mental health needs on Twitch and other streaming platforms has been a growing concern, especially given the lack of research that exists on the topic. It can be […]

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12 Days of Self Care: We’ll Get This Process Streamlined to Perfection…ish

On the final day of our 12 Days of Self-Care series, Take This clinical director Dr. B reminds us to move away from unhealthy perfectionism as we enter the new year. For more helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year, check out the full series. […]

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The Facts About Gaming Disorder

In the last few days, many consumers and industry professionals have expressed concern regarding the implications of several news articles that claim the World Health Organization (WHO) now recognizes “Gaming Disorder” as an official mental health diagnosis in the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). At Take This, our mission is to […]

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12 Days of Self-Care: The most “wonderful” time of the year?

Welcome to the first article of Take This’ 12 Days of Self-Care series. We want to give our readers and supporters, both new and old, some helpful tips on coping with common stresses of the holiday season and the transition into the new year. These are written by our wonderful Take This volunteers. Many are […]

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Don’t Miss Our PAX Unplugged Panel, Friday at 5:30

Therapists are as diverse as anyone else. Sure, there might be some that fall into TV and movie stereotypes, but that’s not the norm. In our mission to fight mental health stigma, part of what Take This does is to humanize mental health professionals. That’s largely why we’re presenting the following panel at PAX Unplugged: […]

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