Tag Archives: stigma

Mental Health & Language Panel

During PAX West 2018 we joined Coco the Louder for a panel discussion on Mental Health and Language.  Thank you to both Caffeine.tv for streaming the panel and Coco the Louder for organizing and moderating the panel and being a great mental health advocate in the game community! Learning how to effectively and conscientiously talk about mental health […]

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Through the Fog and into the Light

  To say that this was an easy journey would be a lie. To say that this is the only time I’ve made this journey would also be a lie. To say that the journey is to be made alone is perhaps the biggest lie of them all. Depression is a hell of a thing. […]

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How One Streamer’s Fight Against Stigma Inspired a Future Overwatch Pro

At Take This, we believe in the power of sharing our stories — the power of showing people that they’re not alone. The story of Lucas “Mendokusaii” Håkansson, an Overwatch pro playing with the Houston Outlaws, is a wonderful example of that power. Recently, Håkansson talked to PCGamesN about his history with gaming, streaming, and […]

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MuniReality’s Ambitious Plan to Become a Mental Health Game Platform

Michelle Chen was no stranger to depression when she decided to make a game about it, but she wanted to tell more stories than her own. She reached out to other to gather their perspectives, and in doing so, found hope. Reading other people’s stories made me realize that I’m not alone. Also knowing that […]

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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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