Category Archives: Stories

Don’t Forget Self-Care During Convention Season

If you’re getting ready for PAX West, Gen Con, Dragon Con or any other con this season, remember to take some time to consider how you’ll manage your self-care routine at the show. If you’re new to major conventions, it’s especially easy to let all your normal habits fall by the wayside, and while that […]

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Social Anxiety at Large Conventions

Editor’s note: In the lead up to Gen Con 2017, Gnome Stew’s Head Gnome, John Arcadian, shared this story about his experience with anxiety and the ways he’s found to support others in the gaming community who might be dealing with their own anxieties at major events. John has kindly allowed us to republish it […]

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Watch Jordan Raskopoulos Demolish the Idea that Confidence and Anxiety Can’t Coexist

It’s an understatement to say that Jordan Raskopoulos is comfortable on stage. She’s an outspoken comedian and lead singer of The Axis of Awesome, so stage fright would be something of a hindrance. Because of that, people tend to assume that she’s also outgoing in all parts of her life — and in this TED […]

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Claire Obscur Is a Delightful Animated Short That Deals With Grief

Claire Obscur is a lovely short about a young girl fighting the monster that haunts her nights, a heroic adventure that just so happens to deal directly with grief. Grief is a difficult subject to talk about, but it’s also something that most of us will experience at least a few times in our lives. […]

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Author John Green Shares His OCD Story

Author John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) is promoting an upcoming book: Turtles All The Way Down, which will center on a teenage girl who is coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Fortunately for us, he decided to talk about his personal connection to that story in this episode of vlogbrothers. In it, Green […]

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In This Comic About Anxiety, Perseverance Is a Home Run

Some days, trying really, really hard just isn’t enough. Anxiety is unfair that way. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Setting small, achievable goals that require you to face your anxieties is a good start, and achieving them can make a serious difference. It can even help you start to overcome anxieties that feel […]

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That Time Deadpool Helped Someone Through Their Darkest Moment

As superheroes go, Deadpool is not the most inclined toward heroics. He’s a foul-mouthed mercenary who started his career as a ultra-violent villain. Since his shift to being a 4th-wall breaker, he still hasn’t been portrayed as a particularly good guy — even when he’s been shown to have a good heart somewhere under that […]

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In This Comic, Holding On Has Its Own Power

Sometimes hope is hard to come by, and rescue doesn’t seem to be coming. When that happens, it might be all we can do to hold on. As this comic from artist Lauren Baldo shows us, holding on can also be enough. Even when we don’t expect change, it can find us. You can find […]

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In This Talk, Dr. Jennifer Hazel Explores the Ways Mental Health and Game Development Practices Interact

When CheckPoint’s Dr. Jennifer Hazel spoke at GDC earlier this year, she was joined by Joshua Boggs, creator of the critically-acclaimed Framed. Boggs was there to talk about his own experiences with depression and alcohol abuse while developing his game. Dr. Hazel was there to help her audience understand how Boggs’ experience was common, and […]

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Men Break Down the Cost of Masculinity and Stigma

Psychology student and vlogger LikeKristen uses her YouTube channel to talk about her own experiences with mental health issues, but recently she turned the camera over to three of her friends to cover an experience she can’t speak on: the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. In this video, Paul Roth, Ryan Barnes and Chris Bullock […]

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