Tag Archives: suicide

How Streamers Can Respond When Viewers Need Help

What do you do when you’re a streamer and one of your viewers reaches out for help? Among my geeky colleagues and a multitude of streamers, addressing mental health needs on Twitch and other streaming platforms has been a growing concern, especially given the lack of research that exists on the topic. It can be […]

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The Power of Music

In 2002, shortly after I came out of the closet and life as I knew it was falling apart, I was driving home up a twisting, wooded, two-lane, mountainous highway. I was feeling lost, alone, and pointless. I began to drive about 80 mph and became aware of how easy it would be to simply […]

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This TED Talk Makes a Powerful Argument Against Silence

Talking about our own mental health issues is a personal choice, one that isn’t right for everyone. But as producer and activist Nikki Webber Allen explores in this TED Residency talk, sharing your story can be even more powerful when you’re a member of a marginalized community where mental health stigma is especially strong. It […]

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Missed Out on TwitchCon? You Don’t Have to Miss This Exceptional Panel

Last weekend at TwitchCon, Take This clinical director Dr. B joined a an amazing panel of folks there to talk about building supportive communities for mental health and suicide prevention on Twitch. The panel included Sheri Klein, VP, campaign development at the Ad Council; MissKyliee, a wonderful streamer who’s been a big supporter of Take […]

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A Poem About Finding a Reason to Hope

In ‘Don’t Kill Yourself Today,’ Poet Hanna Dains shares a beautiful argument for keeping going even when keeping going is the absolute most you can do. This is about giving yourself just one more day Even if it takes 10000 of those ‘one more mornings’ before you get to ‘I can’t wait for tomorrow’ This […]

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A Message of Hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Over 42,000 people in the US took their own lives in 2014, according to the CDC, and far more make attempts. It’s the leading cause of preventable deaths in those age 10-34. Media portrayals of suicide range from glamorizing it as noble and romantic to selfish and weak-willed. Rarely do I see media portrayals that […]

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Last Night’s MTV VMA’s Reminded Millions of Viewers About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you don’t pay attention to pop music, you might not be aware that #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 is 1-800-273-8255. Yes, that’s the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and it’s also the title of a single from Logic. It’s a straightforward song about suicidality, in which Logic, Alessia Cara and […]

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‘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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