Tag Archives: stigma

Make a Stigma-Free Horror Game This Weekend With Asylum Jam

Still feeling spooky even though Halloween’s come and gone? The fifth annual Asylum Jam takes place over this weekend, starting in a little under a day and continuing until November 5th. So if you have some free time and want to exercise — or start on — your game development skills, consider making a stigma-free […]

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Five Spooky Games That Push Back Against Mental Health Stigma

It’s Halloween, and there’s no better time to settle in with a good, spooky game — but horror games can be a minefield when you have experience with mental health issues. Here are a few dark, unsettling games that do their best to avoid the worst stigmatizing asylum tropes while exploring themes of mental illness. […]

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We Need to Talk About Mental Illness – But Not Because of High-Profile Violence

Imagine a disheveled man sitting alone on a street in a major metropolitan area. He’s conversing with and yelling at people, though the people he’s talking with and yelling at don’t appear to be there. As people pass, they give this man a wide berth because they’re scared of him. Pretty understandable, right? You don’t […]

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Asylum Jam’s 2017 Dates Have Been Announced

For its fifth year, Asylum Jam is back to encourage game creators to make horror games that fight mental health stigma or avoid contributing to it. Horror games and horror movies are notorious for casually using the most stigmatizing portrayals of mental health issues. They’re set in asylums where atrocities are committed, they make monsters […]

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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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How Games, TV and Film Get Schizophrenia Wrong

Mental health often gets a bad reputation from the media. When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I had no idea how misrepresented and misunderstood the condition really was. The symptoms of schizophrenia are exaggerated to an extreme degree in movies and shows alike. The portrayal of schizophrenics as violent killers is incredibly damaging to people […]

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Celebrities Open Up for Mental Health Awareness Month

For Mental Health Awareness Month, The Child Mind Institute asked 31 celebrities an important question: what would they tell their younger selves about their mental health issues and learning disorders? Emma Stone kicked off the month with a compassionate one-sided conversation about her anxiety, which she’s spoken about publically before. In her video, she explains […]

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This Animated Short Explains the Dangers of Stigma Without Saying a Word

Mental health issues can be very isolating, and when you’re dealing with them alone, you might not have the words to explain what’s wrong. This video from animator Chara Bui wordlessly explains how difficult that experience can be, particularly when stigmatizing ideas of mental illness surround you — and how much it can help to […]

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In This Personal Video, ‘How to ADHD’ Tackles Medication Stigma

The decision to take (or not take) psychiatric medication shouldn’t be a controversial one. We should decide what’s best for our health with the help of our doctors, and that should be that. But stigma isn’t a rational thing, and a lot of people think that they know better than we do or our doctors […]

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This Illustrator is Creating an Alphabet of Mental Health Issues

Illustrator Sonaksha Iyengar is taking part in the 36 Days of Type project on Instagram this month, joining thousands of artists each bringing their own perspectives and styles to the letters of the alphabet. Iyengar has set herself an even greater challenge in the process: to communicate the struggle of coping with mental health issues. […]

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