“Take This: Where Gaming Meets Mental Health”

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This June 10, 2016 by Chloi Rad on the IGN website, talks about efforts being made to raise awareness of mental health issues to gamers.  One effort includes working on providing an “AFK Room” (for the non-gamers AFK means “Away From Keyboard” and is often used by gamers when they need to step away from their console or computer briefly or to explain a lack of response to someone who didn’t know they wandered away from their computer or console)  In the case of the AFK Rooms, the article indicates that they are meant to be a quiet place staffed by clinicians where attendees at some of the gaming conferences can step away from the noise and chaos they are experiencing.  These rooms have been known to help people who were suicidal, as well as those who are having anxiety issues.   Take This wants to remind gamers that they are not exempt from ever being in need of mental health support, and want to decrease the stigma among gamers towards those who do need support.

I think I would sum this up as simply saying it is an example of gamers helping gamers since the AFK rooms were created by a well-known game company.

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“Demons stole my daughter”

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This May 3, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the life and death of a person with mental health issues and not only the struggle faced by the parent, but the outpouring of responses from strangers in the aftermath.

“Blocking the Paths to Suicide”

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This March 9, 2015 article found on the New York Times website talks about simple yet effective ways proven to prevent or reduce the risk of suicide.

“For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat”

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This March 9, 2015 NPR Shots article talks about the how 51% of suicides in rural area involve guns.  The article doesn’t suggest taking guns away, but suggests that people who own them take time to secure their guns in a safe way that will limit access to them by people who could be at risk.  It was felt that safely securing firearms and limiting access to them could reduce suicide rates in rural areas by between 30% and 50% of the current rural suicide rate.

“Parental Suicide Attempt May Increase Suicidal Behavior in Offspring”

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This January 1, 2015 Business2Business article talks about a recent study that indicates a connection between the suicide of a parent and the suicide of a child.

“Mental health hotline to centralize resources”

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This December 2, 2014 article on The Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about a new hotline that has been setup by the Division of Public Safety  for Penn students to call if they are in need of mental health assistance.  The number doesn’t replace existing services, but rather simplifies things in that students will have one number they can call 24 hours a day if they need help rather than needing to call one of two numbers based on whether they are calling within or outside of regular business hours for CAP.  The article points out that this number does not replace CAP services, but rather is meant to be an extension of the services provided by CAP.  The numbers for Penn students in crisis to call are included with the article.

“Robin Williams’s death: a reminder that suicide and depression are not selfish”

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This August 12, 2014 article on TheGuardian by “Brain Flapping Dean Burnett” talks about suicide the responses people have to it and explains that selfish is one word that shouldn’t be used to describe it.

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