“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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“Feeling detached? 4 ways to become more connected in your relationships and life”

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This April 30, 2015 article on the Daily Pennsylvanian website talks about dissociation and ways to manage and work through it.

“Philadelphia succeeds without ‘asylums'”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about the ways that Philly is succeeding when it comes to caring for and treating people with mental health issues.

“Being the First Person on the Scene of a Mental Health Crisis”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Drexel Now website talks about training being offered to staff at Drexel University based on the International Mental Health First-aid program to help staff find and refer students who are experiencing a mental health crisis to the proper resources to meet their needs.

“Bill aimed at reducing veteran suicide gets support”

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This January 21, 2015 Centre Daily Times article talks about a bill that aims to further reduce the risk of suicide among Veterans has gained support in the house.

“Forteniters Club in Norristown celebrates 40 years of fellowship”

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This December 28, 2014 The Times Herald article talks about a group that meets every couple of weeks and consists of people who have been in treatment for mental illness.  the group focuses on getting together to have fun, socialize and feel a sense of belonging to a community that is something people with mental illnesses tend to struggle with.  The atmosphere is one of acceptance.

“Mayor: $130M to revamp NYC jails for mentally ill”

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This December 1, 2014 article on GoErie.com talks about changes that the Mayor of New York City is hoping to make with regards to how people with mental health issues are worked with as opposed to the current method of placing them in Riker’s Island the Mayor wants to try to treat the issues before the person ends up in the judicial system.

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