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How One Minecraft Server Helps Kids With Autism

Minecraft is a blank canvas for creativity, one that’s loved by kids and parents alike. It’s been lauded for the skills it helps children build, like problem-solving, communication, research, and persistence. Its educational potential also makes it particularly popular among parents and educators of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Take this Australian school, where […]

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‘Neverending Nightmares’ and the Horrifying Side of Depression

As Neverending Nightmares makes its PS4 and Vita debut, The Daily Dot has a great story on depression in video games. Colette Bennett explores the way depression is portrayed, and how Neverending Nightmares’ visceral, horrifying approach creates different experiences for those who see their own experiences in it and those who do not. Neverending Nightmares […]

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‘Fragments of Him’ Shows Us the Ripples of Loss and Grief

When someone dies, their loss ripples out to their family, friends, and the wider community that knows them. We feel those ripples even when we lose near-strangers: a guild member, a streamer we like to watch, a journalist whose work we’ve read. Fragments of Him is a new game that explores those ripples, the way […]

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DEEP is a VR Game that Wants You to Relax and Breathe While You Explore an Undersea World

I’m completely into the idea of VR. Being transported into games that surround me, and exploring fictional worlds from the inside? Awesome. Having to smush a headset over my glasses and roll the dice to see whether I’ll be anxious, nauseous, or just plain disoriented by the time I get out? Well, that’s less great. […]

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Ken Levine Discusses Dark Video Games and Depression

Speaking with The Mary Sue, veteran game developer Ken Levine talks about his creations, inspiration, and thoughts on mental health. TMS: You’ve written some great social media posts about mental illness. Do you think video games can help people with depression, anxiety, and so on? Levine: From my very anecdotal evidence (meaning my own experience […]

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Could Games Improve Their Depictions of Mental Health By Ditching Their Sanity Meters?

We know games tend to drop the ball when it comes to portraying mental health issues, but how can they do better? Research is a good place to start, but as Ed Smith writes for VICE, if we really want to get the most out of toying with a character’s mental health, we need to […]

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Let this Comedian and Physicist Explain How Anxiety Is a Lot Like Custard

Neil Hughes is a comedian, author and physicist who has a firsthand understanding of both anxiety and non-Newtonian fluids, so you can trust him when he says that anxiety and custard have a lot in common. Neither of them makes a solid foundation, so just like walking on custard, living with anxiety can be exhausting. […]

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Sometimes Depression Feels Like Being Underwater

http://better-drawn.tumblr.com/post/91250751481/by-neil-slorance Comic artist Neil Slorance shares a vision of depression that’s much gentler than most. You can see more of his comics here, including this reminder of why we should take a break every once in a while.

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Mental Health America Wants You to Share What #MentalIllnessFeelsLike This Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S., and Mental Health America is spearheading awareness efforts with a social media campaign and a month-long plan for better mental hygiene. #MentalIllnessFeelsLike is the hashtag of choice for the campaign. It’s an effort to encourage people to share their own takes on mental health issues: Clinical […]

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First Wave of CareKit Apps Includes a Way to Track Your Antidepressant Use

Apple’s CareKit was announced last month as a framework to help developers design apps for people who want to better understand and manage their own health, and who want to share health data with their family members or physicians. Yesterday, the first four CareKit-enhanced apps arrived. They include apps that will help users manage diabetes, […]

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