“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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“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)

“Mental wellness warriors: Fighting for those who need it most”

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This January 16, 2015 Gant Daily article talks about people who are sharing their lived experience with mental illness and doing what they can to help fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

“Herschel Walker continues advocacy to reduce mental health stigma”

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This June 13, 2014 article on the Florida Times-Union website talks about former NFL player Herschel Walker’s efforts to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Da...

Cropped photo of Herschel Walker at PE4LIFE Day 2004, sponsored by Congressman John E. Peterson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Hospitals lead antiviolence efforts”

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This April 14, 2013 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the push hospitals are making to get complete mental health parity implemented.

 

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English: Tom Hanks as the title character on the film set of Forrest Gump. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This September 24, 2012 article found on the One Mind for Research website talks about the efforts being made by Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Glenn Close to help folks with mental illnesses.

“Glenn Close: Battling the stigma of mental illness”

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This June 4, 2012 article on The Globe and Mail website talks about Glenn Close’s battle against the stigma surrounding mental illness.  The article includes the actress’ views on a role she played in the movie “Fatal Attraction”.

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