Tag Archives: stigma

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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Why Horror Games Need Better Plot Twists

When you’re coping with mental health issues, horror games can be a good temporary escape. There’s nothing like engaging in some safe, cathartic screaming to clear your head, right? Unless, of course, you’re screaming from the frustration of encountering yet another sloppy, stigmatizing portrayal of mental illness. Over at I Need Diverse Games, writer and […]

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How TV’s ‘This Is Us’ Impressed Viewers With a Panic Attack

Television shows don’t always do a great job of portraying mental illnesses. A few particularly horrendous examples come to mind. Lately, though, mental health issues are being portrayed with increasing care. Take last week’s episode of This Is Us, which has gotten rave reviews from people with anxiety and panic disorders. One of the show’s […]

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This Video Gets to the Heart of Mental Health Stigma

A big part of the Take This mission is fighting mental health stigma both in the gaming community and beyond it. For us, that means a lot of things, including creating a platform to educate and inform people about mental health issues, encouraging people to tell their stories so others feel less alone and helping […]

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Zoë Quinn on the Collateral Damage of “Triggered” Jokes

Over the weekend, game developer Zoë Quinn (Depression Quest, Framed) tackled a meme that many of us with mental health issues struggle with: the rampant, casual misuse of the idea of triggers or being triggered. It’s something we’ve looked at from both a personal and professional perspective in the past, and it’s only become more […]

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How Ninja Theory Is Handling Auditory Hallucinations in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Ninja Theory has given itself a major challenge in the development of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: they’ve created a protagonist who is dealing with psychosis. That’s a hard subject to tackle with accuracy, and more so if you want to stay clear of harmful stereotypes. Ninja Theory has been documenting their efforts in a series of […]

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5 Times Costume Retailers Tried to Make Mental Health Stigma Sexy

Last week, Walmart came under fire for one of its Halloween costume accessories: the Razor Blade Suicide Scar Wound. An online petition brought the latex injury kit to the company’s attention. Walmart was quick to pull it, calling the accessory “appalling” distancing itself from the third-party seller responsible. The company noted that the costume “clearly […]

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Messages of Hope from World Mental Health Day

Monday, October 10th was World Mental Health Day. To mark the day, we asked Take This supporters to share their own messages of hope with the hashtag #IAmNotAlone, to show us all that we have each other. Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay, #IAmNotAlone and neither are you. @TakeThisOrg @VideoGameVoters pic.twitter.com/Ejg1DFSTFT — Shannon M Gerritzen (@NerdmaidSMG) October 10, […]

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