Tag Archives: suicide

‘Inpatient’ Lets Players Try to Choose Their Own Psychiatric Care Experience

Choice is usually fundamental to interactive fiction, as it is with Alana Zablocki’s Inpatient — A Psychiatric Story. But in this game, your choices often aren’t what you want them to be, and the outcomes regularly feel out of your control. That’s by design, as Zablocki set out to create a game that reflects her […]

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That Time Deadpool Helped Someone Through Their Darkest Moment

As superheroes go, Deadpool is not the most inclined toward heroics. He’s a foul-mouthed mercenary who started his career as a ultra-violent villain. Since his shift to being a 4th-wall breaker, he still hasn’t been portrayed as a particularly good guy — even when he’s been shown to have a good heart somewhere under that […]

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On Grief and Loss When We Lose an Icon

This week, we lost a brilliant artist to an unexpected death. Chris Cornell’s death is hitting me harder than I might have expected. I’ve lived in Seattle my whole life. I remember coming of age in the 90s when the “Seattle Sound” was at its zenith. I jokingly tell people I still bleed flannel and […]

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EVE Players Stage a Mental Health Vigil in Honor of Fallen Friends

EVE Online is a game known for combat, betrayal and strife, but every year on April 29, many of its players come together for a day to support each other and remember those they’ve lost. Hosted by the Brave Collective alliance, John Bellicose Day is a 24-hour vigil named in honor of a character played […]

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Breath of The Wild NPC is Ready to Talk Link Down in a Crisis

Brigo encounter via IGN Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild is a gorgeous, sprawling game, but don’t let it’s size fool you — it’s filled with tiny, clever touches that are making players stop and take notice. Take Brigo, here. Brigo is an NPC guard that hangs around a bridge. His job, he’ll happily explain, is […]

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‘Rat Queens’ Creator Kurtis Wiebe Shares His Strategy for Coping With Depression

Kurtis Wiebe is well-known for creating some amazing comics, including gamer favorite Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust, and others. Two years ago, he opened up about his struggles with anorexia, and last week he shared a very personal story about his recent mental health struggles on his blog. Wiebe’s story is a familiar one for many […]

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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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When a Game About Depression Is Too Much

Actual Sunlight is, by all reports, a powerful game about depression. It’s also one I haven’t been comfortable playing. Generally, I enjoy playing and writing about games that portray mental health issues. But over at Dork Shelf, Michael McNeely explains why those of us who are coping with depression may be better off avoiding this […]

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Good Guy Gaming Honors a Lost Friend with a 24hr Stream This Weekend

This weekend, Good Guy Gaming (G3) is holding a 24-hour stream to honor a member of the gaming community who struggled with mental health issues and recently passed away. PoroZera, G3’s League of Legends Game Lead, reached out to Take This to share their story, and to invite Take This supporters to check out the […]

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Men Need to Be Able to Talk About Their Mental Health Issues. Here’s Why.

For World Suicide Prevention Day, the Movember Foundation is reminding men that it’s incredibly important to talk about mental health issues — before it’s too late. In this video, men read the notes they’d left prior to their own suicide attempts in years past. While these men were fortunate enough to have the chance to […]

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