Tag Archives: depression

Don’t Miss This Panel on Mental Health in Tabletop RPGs

We recently brought you our panel from TwitchCon, which addressed building supportive communities for mental health while streaming. Here’s another TwitchCon panel you won’t want to miss out on: Mental Health and Tabletop Role-Playing Games. Moderator KelsaDelphi brought together panelists Kent Sheely, Tristarae, Adam Koebel and Andrew Gillis to talk about how mental health impacts […]

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Game-Based ‘Project EVO’ May Soon Be Prescribed for ADHD

Most of us have stories about how video games helped us through difficult times. Studios have also made any number of games designed to help people with mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. But while players might find games like Flowy or Nevermind helpful anecdotally or in internal trials, they’re a long, expensive way from receiving […]

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Rick and Morty’s Creator Offers Wise Words About Depression

Dan Harmon has created some of the best geeky TV shows around, including “Rick and Morty,” “HarmonQuest,” and “Community.” Known for his shows’ often incisive humor, he certainly doesn’t shy away from getting serious when the situation calls for it. Case in point: Last week, one of Harmon’s Twitter followers reached out to ask him […]

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This TED Talk Makes a Powerful Argument Against Silence

Talking about our own mental health issues is a personal choice, one that isn’t right for everyone. But as producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen explores in this TED Residency talk, sharing your story can be even more powerful when you’re a member of a marginalized community where mental health stigma is especially strong. It […]

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Breaking Down the Mechanics of ‘Please Knock On My Door’

Michael Levall’s Please Knock On My Door explores depression from a personal perspective, but it also has general appeal. Eurogamer called it “incredibly powerful” in their review, and Steam reviewers have lauded it for its relatability. Interviewing Levall for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Gaming the Mind blog, Sachin Shah explores the mechanical reasons it’s […]

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In This Web Series, People Tell Their Mental Health Stories in VR

While VR has long been used as a treatment for certain mental health issues, it’s only recently become a tool for self-expression. BBC Three has taken advantage of that opportunity for a fascinating series of videos. In ‘My Mental Health In VR,’ people tell their mental health stories while communicating their experience in VR. Using […]

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One Game Designer’s Story of Depression and Perseverance

My name is Keith Jordan, born and raised in New York City (The Bronx), and I am a game designer as well as a fellow gamer. I wanted to share my story in hopes that people in my similar diagnosis would be inspired to reach out and ask for help. I hope this story help […]

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Today is National Depression Screening Day

Today is National Depression Screening Day. If you’re concerned or curious about whether or not depression is a factor in your life, today might be a good day to look into the subject. In 2016, the US Preventive Services Task Force updated its depression screening guidelines to recommend the screening of depression for everyone 18 […]

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The Creator of ‘Please Knock On My Door’ Explains the Challenge of Writing a Game About Depression

When Michael Levall’s Please Knock On My Door was released in September, Eurogamer lauded it for its realistic handling of depression, noting that it’s “unnerving, because it’s all too real.” In an interview with The Daily Californian, creator Michael Levall reveals that there was a personal cost to writing such a true-to-life take on depression. […]

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Season Four of BoJack Horseman Stares Down Depression

BoJack Horseman has never shied away from hard truths. Since its first season, the Netflix original cartoon has explored substance use disorders, depression, Hollywood ennui, and many shades of trauma. In its fourth season, it confronts many of those issues more directly than ever before. In the past, we’ve seen factors that have led to […]

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