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Where to Find Take This and the AFK Room at MomoCon 2017

Heading to MomoCon? Don’t forget to stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes — and note down where to find the AFK Room. The AFK Room is a quiet, safe space staffed with licensed mental health clinicians and volunteers. If the busy convention gets to be too stimulating, your anxiety gets to be too much, or you […]

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Why Trading Sleep for Work or Games Can Do More Harm Than Good

In our latest at Geek & Sundry, Lida Turner, MD, makes an argument for the very thing some of us struggle with nightly: hitting the sack in a timely fashion. Full nights with good sleep hygiene aren’t always practical, but they’re worth prioritizing. Let Lida explain the details: Not getting good sleep for a night […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Exploring the Wilds

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, we have a fantastic series on both those subjects, a love letter to Breath of the Wild, and a lot more. Mind Games: Can you master mental health with a controller? “Hamilton, thanks to his medical education, […]

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On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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These ‘Boring Self Care’ Illustrations Celebrate the Importance of the Basics

Self-care isn’t all bath bombs and retail therapy. When you’re coping with severe mental health issues, even the activities that are often considered the basics of everyday life can be a challenge. Hard as it is, managing them can be of fundamental importance to your wellbeing. So it’s worth celebrating the times you rise to […]

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Pros Explain How Esports Careers Have Affected Their Mental Health

Outside the video game industry, there’s this pernicious idea that people who work with games should be immune to mental health issues — that having a dream job in the industry should wash away any other concerns. That’s demonstrably untrue, but it’s a stigmatizing idea that even has a foothold in the game industry itself. […]

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YouTube Stars Share the Benefits of Being Open About Mental Health

Streaming and creating videos about mental health takes a lot of courage. Opening yourself up to stigma by talking about your mental health issues, and doing it on camera in public? It’s scary stuff. So why do it? At VidCon 2016, five popular YouTubers took part in the Everyone Struggles panel to talk mental health, […]

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In ‘Apology Simulator,’ Craft the Apologies You’ve Received or the Ones You Wish You Had

“I’m sorry you were offended,” is a classic nonpology — an apology that says nothing about the actions of the speaker and doesn’t address the root of the problem. “I’m sorry, but,” is another bad start, and so is “we’re sorry you had that experience.” In Apology Simulator, by Matthew S. Burns, you can craft […]

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Twitch Builds Positivity With the Help of Mister Rogers and TwitchUnity

Current events are stressful right now, to put it mildly. If you need to take a short breather, swing by Twitch, where 886 episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are currently streaming. Starting in 1963 and continuing for 31 seasons, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” taught generations of children about compassion (for others and themselves), honesty, trust, and […]

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The Challenges of Bringing a Therapeutic Game to Japan

Last week, the Disrupting Japan podcast hosted Ayako Shimizu, the founder of Hikari Labs. The podcast features entrepreneurs taking on unusual challenges in the world of Japanese startups, and Ayako’s business certainly fits the bill: she’s attempting to bring a University of Auckland-developed therapeutic game to a country with a significant amount of stigma surrounding […]

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