Tag Archives: suicide

‘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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On World Suicide Prevention Day, Take These ‘Instructions For A Bad Day’

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan has become well-known for his heart-wrenching poems and videos — about surviving bullying, about trolls, and about the fragility of our home. “Instructions For A Bad Day” isn’t quite as well known, but it holds an important message for World Suicide Prevention Day, part of which we’ll excerpt here: If you […]

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#22pushups Draws Attention to Veterans’ Mental Health Issues

If you can do a single pushup, assisted or otherwise, you can be part of a campaign to raise awareness of veteran suicide prevention. It’s a cause that could use attention — veterans in the U.S. are 50% more likely to take their own lives than people who have never served, and according to the […]

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Two Years After Robin Williams’ Death, the Impact Remains

It’s two years to the day since we lost Robin Williams. Shortly after his death, we learned that it was not depression, but diffuse Lewy body dementia, that caused him to take his life — but that didn’t change the impact his death had on many of us, particularly those of us coping with depression […]

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How JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Became One Fan’s Reason to Live

Last month, a game journalist’s life was threatened for reporting a delay to the highly anticipated No Man’s Sky. In the midst of the anonymous threat was a confession: “It’s the only thing I live for, and you go and write that bullsh*t about a delay.” Now, to be clear, threats are never okay – […]

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How Board Games Gave One Writer a Reason to Live

Over at Ars Technica, writer Laurence Kirkby shares the story of how a love of board games gave him a reason to go on living when he couldn’t find much else to hang onto. Twilight Imperium is infamous for length and complexity, and my brother didn’t even know the basic rules. His explanation took over […]

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