Weekly INT Boost – One Down, Six to Go

Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health-related articles you may have missed. This week we have a look at the people trying to improve depictions in the media, thoughts on why we constantly check our phones, and — oh yeah — coverage of our AFK Room crowdfunding campaign!

Mental health group aims to bring aid to more conventions

“Since 2014, Take This has provided “AFK Rooms” at a number of conventions to anyone who needs a safe, quiet space. For 2017, the mental health-focused nonprofit has raised $15K for its PAX East AFK Room through an Indiegogo campaign, but it’s not stopping there–it’s seeking funding for at least six other conventions this year.”

Missed the news about our Indiegogo Campaign? That’s okay — Gamespot has the details!

Here’s why you shouldn’t feel bad when you feel compelled to go online

“Start with the fact that many of us feel anxious if we’re not making use of every tiny slice of time. The effort required for a single online “transaction” — a click, a view, checking Instagram or Facebook — is minuscule, so much so that not texting or reading your smartphone screen feels like a greater burden than doing so.”

Having a hard time looking away from your phone right now? You’re not alone. Business Insider has more on why that’s normally — even at the best of times.

Ever have one of those days…?

Can VR help cure mental health issues?

“The solution uses a mixture of 360-degree video and 3D audio-production techniques to give the viewer an immersive first-person perspective of what it’s like to live with mental illness on a daily basis. Henry Stuart, CEO of the company, says: “One of the key areas VR can help mental health, outside of treatment, is in empathy VR – getting other people to understand mental health conditions. We produced a project that puts you in the shoes of Jane Gauntlett, a lady with epilepsy.”

PC Authority looks at the ways VR is being used to address mental health issues.

Meet the media advisors making sure TV gets mental illness right

“Considering the majority of the population report that their information about psychotherapy and mental illness comes mostly from what they see on screen, when the media gets mental health wrong it’s a concern. There’s even evidence to show that people who draw their knowledge from the media are generally more intolerant towards people with mental illnesses, advocating more socially restrictive attitudes and policies, and being less supportive of community treatment.”

Media depictions of mental health can have a genuine impact on both people’s attitudes and the well-being of people with mental health issues. VICE talks to the people trying to improve the situation for all of us.

Have a great weekend, folks. Swing by Indiegogo if you can. And wherever you are, take care of yourselves — and each other.

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