Tag Archives: depression

Even the End of the World Is a Chance for Connection in This Poem

“I’ve been hearing the world is ending,” begins Neil Hilborn’s ‘This is Not the End of the World.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about our current political climate, but this is a poem that he’s been performing since at least 2013. This poem isn’t about politics — it’s about mental health issues and […]

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In This Comic, Depression Is a Balancing Act

From illustrator Kotaline Jones, a comic about the ups, downs, and in-betweens of depression. You can find more comics and illustrations from Kotaline Jones on her website. Her work deals with mental health, sexuality, and self-discovery — and the occasional video game, too.

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How Breath of the Wild Helped One Writer During a Dark Time

Video games can’t replace mental health care, but sometimes you find that perfect game, book or movie that offers up exactly what you need in a dark moment. When that happens, it’s worth celebrating. Writing for Kotaku Australia, Justin Scott opens up about how Breath of the Wild has been that perfect game for him […]

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‘Tiger’s Toe’ Reminds Us to Take the Good Days as They Come

Living with mental health issues is an ongoing challenge, one that can take more from us than people realize. For Mental Health Awareness Month, illustrator Tevy Khou shared this personal story about life with depression, anxiety and PTSD, and the cost of those struggles. Hope is healing, and it’s important to hold onto it — […]

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James of No Trades Finds (Dark) Humor in Depression

Enjoy the occasional laugh at your depression or anxiety’s expense? Head on over to James of No Trades. Artist James Regan tackles mental health with a good helping of cynicism for those days when you’re full up on inspiration. He nails the way humor can still thrive when you’re depressed. http://jamesfregan.tumblr.com/post/158890497385 He knows exactly how […]

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How Night in the Woods Is Making Players Feel Less Alone

Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods is an interesting game, but it isn’t always a comfortable one. Mae Borowski is a difficult protagonist. She’s dropped out of school for reasons that aren’t immediately made clear. She has a troubled past. She makes bad choices. She’s dealing with a lot of issues. A lot of us […]

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‘Depression & Dragons’ Is a New Podcast About the Healing Power of Tabletop RPGs

Have room in your life for a new podcast? If so, you might want to check out Depression & Dragons, a new podcast that seems tailor-made for anyone interested in mental health and gaming. There are only three episodes available so far, and it’s surprisingly hard to pin down its format. The first episode, Genesis, […]

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‘Anamorphine’ Is Looking Gorgeous and Dark

Anamorphine is an upcoming game that tells a story about the effects of trauma in a strikingly visual way. Its creators promise no dialogue or direct interactions — just exploration in strange, fascinating environments like the ones in this recent teaser. According to its creators at Artifact 5, its a game about confronting the past, […]

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Life is Strange, and the Difference Between “Sad” and “Depressing” Games

“Ugh, that game is too depressing.” You might have said something like that before. I have, and I’ve been dealing with depression for most of my adult life. When I say, it, though, I usually mean that the game (or movie, book, or show) is sad. I mean that it’s making me think about topics […]

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