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Weekly INT Boost – Change of Seasons

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming news you may have missed. This week, we have a school that’s turning out the lights to save students from depression, tips for managing healthy distractions, and more. There’s a good kind of distraction and a bad kind. Here’s how to tell the difference […]

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How Darkest Dungeon Helped Its Creators Reflect on Stress

Watch live video from Gamasutra on www.twitch.tv Stress is a major mechanic in Darkest Dungeon. It’s a dark, violent game, and it puts its heroes through horrible situations: fighting monstrosities, encountering punishing traps, watching their fellows succumb to horror or death. Every one of those things can increase their stress levels. Stress is also a […]

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Even the End of the World Is a Chance for Connection in This Poem

“I’ve been hearing the world is ending,” begins Neil Hilborn’s ‘This is Not the End of the World.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about our current political climate, but this is a poem that he’s been performing since at least 2013. This poem isn’t about politics — it’s about mental health issues and […]

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‘Soar: Tree of Life’ is a Relaxation Game from the UK’s Channel 4

When you want to unwind with a game, there’s something to be said for simple, relaxing experiences that you can slip into without much trouble. Soar: Tree of Life seems like one of those games. Within a few moments, it has you soaring peacefully through the sky, igniting glowing rings to bring vivid color back […]

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How Do Mental Health Diagnoses Work? This Video Explains

For the most part, mental health issues don’t come with the extremely straightforward diagnostic criteria that many physical illnesses do. You can’t check for the presence of certain antibodies to identify depression or take an x-ray for anxiety. So how do psychiatrists and physicians differentiate between, say, sadness and major depressive disorder, or anxiousness and […]

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The Hottest Thing in Online Therapy is a Chatbot That Teaches CBT

Online therapy is a thriving field — with good reason. While research shows that face-to-face therapy can be more beneficial in a lot of contexts, online therapy is accessible to a lot of people for whom traditional therapy may be out of reach in cost or distance, or because of stigma. But where reputable online […]

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In This Comic, Depression Is a Balancing Act

From illustrator Kotaline Jones, a comic about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of depression. You can find more comics and illustrations from Kotaline Jones on her website. Her work deals with mental health, sexuality, and self-discovery — and the occasional video game, too.

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‘Transference’ Could Be the Rare Horror Game That Handles Mental Health Issues Well

Last week at E3, Ubisoft unveiled one game that stood apart from the rest: Transference. Created by SpectreVision, the studio of actor Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), it’s an upcoming VR title described as psychological horror that explores the topic of trauma — specifically, PTSD. Let’s just get this out of the way: If […]

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Weekly INT Boost – Take a Breather

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming articles you may have missed. This week, we have a peek into our E3 AFK Room, new research on VR and autism, and a lot more. Amid the madness of E3, there’s a silent sanctuary for rest (and adult coloring books) ”We need to […]

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Minecraft Brings Hope to Young Syrian Refugees

For most games, seven years is a long shelf life — but for Minecraft, age doesn’t seem to matter. It’s still being announced for new platforms, huge new features are still arriving, and it’s still helping people. Recently, it’s been helping Syrian refugee children. Earlier this month, researchers from NYU Steinhard and Turkey’s Bahcesehir University […]

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