SRS BIZ for a mo.

I don’t know how many of you have suffered with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues in the past, and I’m not going to pry into anyone’s personal business if they don’t want to talk about it.

But I did want to share a project I’m involved with: Take This. We’re a group of people primarily from in and around the games industry — our membership includes people like Russ Pitts and Phil Kollar from Polygon, Susan Arendt from the Escapist, Aubrey “Chupacaubrey” Norris from Deep Silver’s PR, Troy Goodfellow from Evolve PR, Sean Sands from Gamers With Jobs and numerous others — and we want to share the stories of how we have been, in some way or another, been affected by depression, anxiety and other mental health problems.

The project was spurred on by a freelancer who committed suicide a few weeks back. He had obviously been suffering, but hadn’t felt he was able to reach out and ask for help, at least in part due to the stigma that talking about mental health issues still has in many parts of society. Take This is an acknowledgement that the world is a difficult place, and a place to find empathy and support. It’s a place where we share our stories in the hope that people who are suffering mental health issues don’t have to deal with it by themselves — and to make it clear that it is okay to talk about these things.

Here’s a story from me — there will likely be more in the future, and in the meantime others in the group will also be sharing their own experiences. Do please keep an eye on the site if it’s something that you think might be helpful to you. You can also follow on Twitter and Facebook.