Weekly INT Boost – Back to the Classics


Welcome to our roundup of the best mental health and gaming stories you may have missed. This week, an indie classic arrives on mobile, Waypoint looks back at a fantastic game, and Buffy opens up about mental health.

How ‘Papo & Yo’ Shined a Light on Alcoholism and Mental Health

“‘The difference with movies and video games is that movies do not resemble therapy at all,’ says Caballero. ‘Movies are linear stories that have you, the viewer, projecting yourself into. Games actually happen in real time, like therapy. You’re projecting memories, but at the same exploring them, you’re actually trying to see how the impact on you and it’s not a linear model. Therapy is exploration, as is gameplay. I think that video game simulations are the perfect tool where you can actually go back and relive those memories—even if they are painful to you and find a way to cope with them.'”

In a lot of ways, Papa & Yo was ahead of its time. Waypoint brings it back around for another look with this fantastic interview.


When Facebook and Instagram Think You’re Depressed

“The ads started out innocuously enough: an app for meditation that can also help social anxiety, likely targeting many people in my demographic and age group. But as I continued to seek treatment, the ads got more specific—and more intense, often reinforcing my own confusion about my conditions as I worked through accepting them myself.”

VICE explores the awkward experience of seeing your Facebook feed fill up with ads targetted around mental illness.


Indie Darling ‘To the Moon’ Hits the App Store

“Heavy content notwithstanding, the game has seem overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam. It has a near-flawless average with the few negative reactions hinging on the length of the game, as the whole thing can be completed inside of about 3ish hours- Maybe less depending on how quickly you read.”

To The Moon, which has what’s often considered one of the best portrayal of autism in games, is finally out on mobile. TouchArcade has the news.


Sarah Michelle Gellar Reveals Struggle With Postpartum Depression

“Having kids is wonderful, and life changing, and rarely what you’re prepared for. I love my children more than anything in the world. But like a lot of women, I too struggled with postpartum depression after my first baby was born. I got help, and made it through, and every day since has been the best gift I could ever have asked for. To those of you going through this, know that you’re not alone and that it really does get better.”

Today shares stories of a few celebrities who’ve dealt with postpartum depression after Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar opens up about her own experiences.


And with that, we’re off for the weekend. We’ll be back Monday with more stories for Mental Health Awareness Month. Till then, take care of yourselves — and each other.

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