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“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.

“What To Know About National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

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This July 13, 2015 WESA Pittsburgh NPR station segment highlights some of the reasons that Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is important.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month”

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This June 30, 2015 Huff Post article talks about July being Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“May will be Mental Health Awareness month in Cumberland County”

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This April 28, 2015 Cumberlink article on The Sentinal’s website talks about upcoming events planned during the month of May for Mental Health Awareness Month in Cumberland County.

“First Friday Brings Community Together to Support Mental Health”

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This May 2, 2015 State College article talks about their community event called “First Friday” that was held recently to try to use art and music to bring the community together and offer opportunities for the awareness of the need to discuss mental health issues and not trying to sweep them under the rug to be brought to the forefront.  There was a tour, of 40 businesses as well as a presentation at the end of the tour.

“Student groups serve as resources for mental health”

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This March 24, 2015 article on the Daily Pennsylvanian talks about ways that students are grappling with the question of how to make a long-lasting difference in how mental health is viewed, discussed and treated on campus.

“‘The Biggest Barrier’ To Preventing Suicide: Not Talking About It”

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This February 5, 2015 WBUR: Common Health article talks about how silence fuels the stigma surrounding suicide.

“Candlelight vigil to be held in Carlisle for mental health awareness”

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This September 28, 2014 The Sentinel article talks about an upcoming candle light vigil, meant to raise awareness of mental illness, to be held on October 5, 2014  at 6:30pm on the steps of the Cumberland County Courthouse at the Square in Carlisle, PA.

This vigil is part of Mental Illness Awareness Week which runs from October 5 – 11, 2014

“Suicide prevention signs in SEPTA stations part of attitude shift, advocates say”

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This September 12, 2014, Newsworks article, talks about signage being put n place in Montgomery county to help prevent suicides.  The signs encourage people in need of help to call the National Suicide prevention hotline.  While the article does say that there is no way to quantify the effectiveness of the signs, they do know that other places who have posted similar signs have seen a decrease in the number of suicides on bridges, so while no exact number is available, it is felt that offering information to the public does help with preventing suicides.

“Get Help During Recovery Month”

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This September 5, 2014 InsuranceNews.Net article talks about events in York County, PA this month being held to celebrate Recovery Month

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting York County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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