Category Archives: Helping Friends

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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Take 10 Charity Stream 2018

World Mental Health Day is Wednesday, October 10th. Take This Ambassador Streamers have put together a special Take 10 Charity Stream on October 10th to fight mental health stigma.  The Stream will be broadcast https://www.twitch.tv/team/takethisambassadors. You can find the campaign here and donate here. In the video games industry, Take This is the preeminent organization for game industry developers and the gaming community […]

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Mental Health & Language Panel

During PAX West 2018 we joined Coco the Louder for a panel discussion on Mental Health and Language.  Thank you to both Caffeine.tv for streaming the panel and Coco the Louder for organizing and moderating the panel and being a great mental health advocate in the game community! Learning how to effectively and conscientiously talk about mental health […]

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Ambassador Program

Take This® Streaming Ambassadors are official representatives for Take This in the streaming community. They actively fight stigma against mental health challenges and promote mental health inclusivity in their streams. Take This Streaming Ambassadors actively work to create an environment of acceptance and kindness for those suffering from emotional or mental health challenges, whether or […]

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Take This Streaming Ambassador Program Policies

Take This 2018 Streaming Ambassador Program Policies Application Process and Review Application Applicants must be at least 18 years old, or the age of majority in their country of residence, and posses all the appropriate equipment and capabilities (e.g., possessing an established Twitch or Mixer channel) to stream without being provided any resources by Take […]

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This Website Offers a Gentle Introduction to Games

Games can be powerful tools for healing and growth — that’s something we see again and again in the stories we share. But without game literacy, a lot of the games we love and recommend become a bit unapproachable. Sometimes even impenetrable. Here, Extra Credits explains the idea of game literacy: We all know people […]

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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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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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