Have you been watching Low Batteries, Eurogamer’s excellent video series on mental health in games? If not, this new video is a great place to start. In it, Johnny Chiodini explores representations of grief in games like Assassin’s Creed, Shadows of Mordor, Life Is Strange, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. The video contains spoilers, so beware.
In and of itself, grief isn’t a mental health issue. It’s only when it goes beyond its borders into the territory of complicated grief that it generally requires intervention. Grief can also trigger incidents of depression, so it’s good to be aware of the differences.
If you’ve lost someone and you find yourself dealing with pervasive, unrelenting sadness, an inability to experience pleasure, a lasting inability to perform daily tasks, or thoughts of suicide, you should speak with a professional. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which offers resources for dealing with loss.