Category Archives: Helping Friends

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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A Few Tips for Handling the Holidays

The holiday season is kicking off — and that’s no small thing. If the holidays aren’t all good cheer and bright lights for you, you’re not alone. And if there’s someone in your life who has a hard time on the holidays, it’s a good time to check in and make sure they’re not alone, […]

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A Comic About Helping Friends When You’re Low on Resources

When you’re coping with mental health issues or chronic illness, taking care of your own needs can be a massive, all-consuming undertaking. So much so that it can feel like you don’t have anything left for the other people in your life. For a lot of us, that’s a source of toxic shame — the […]

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How a Crisis Line Taught One Volunteer How to Listen

For all the time we spend listening in our lives, we don’t tend to be particularly good at it. We’ve devoted whole articles to the skill of listening, and they barely scratch the surface. That’s why this TEDXCalStateLA talk is so valuable. Dylan Gunaratne is a student, a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental […]

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Helping Friends With Empathy Over Sympathy

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo. A few months back, Doctor B wrote about the challenge of helping friends who are depressed for Geek & Sundry. He highlighted the importance of connecting and trying to understand without trying to solve someone’s problems. That’s what Dr. Brené Brown talks about in this segment of […]

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GFD, Where Gamers With Mental Health Issues Support Each Other

When you’re coping with mental health issues, having the support of others can make all the difference — but that’s easier said than found. We don’t all have supportive people in our lives to open up to, and feeling alone can be genuinely dangerous. That’s where Gamers Fighting Depression (GFD) comes in. GFD is a […]

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Don’t Miss This Comic About the Strength We Gain From Each Other

https://downtongaby.tumblr.com/post/153492942199/my-dads-had-a-really-rough-time-dealing-with-his Illustrator Gabriela Epstein recently published this beautiful comic about family, depression, and the importance of helping each other. You can see more of her work on her Tumblr.

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This Popular Instagrammer Became a PSA for Alcohol-Use Disorders

📕 Reading 📕 #latergram A photo posted by Louise Delage (@louise.delage) on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:03am PDT Louise Delage is the perfect Instagrammer — she’s pretty, adventurous, and ridiculously photogenic. Since her profile opened in August of this year, she’s gathered thousands of followers. Her photos picked up tens of thousands of likes as […]

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These Friendship Postcards Make Awkward Moments a Little Easier

Ever have a moment when you want to say something nice to someone you care about, but you just… can’t? It’s too awkward, you don’t know how to broach the subject, the thought of getting on the phone terrifies you, or your anxiety kicks in before you can even begin? Jenn and Trin have come […]

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When It Comes to Mental Health, a Problem is a Problem is a Problem

In the past, we’ve talked about what you can do if someone you care about is dealing with a mental health issues — ways to be a good friend and support them in difficult moments. But let’s take a step back: what do you do when someone first opens up about their mental health? How […]

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