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  • RocGaude 11:02 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi Well done sir Glad to see this… 

    @angryjedi Well done, sir. Glad to see this in motion. I’ve had both depression and anxiety in various levels ever since I was a teenager. It sucks and addressing that it’s a real thing, not imaginary, helped me a lot.

    @feenwager I wonder about that, too. For me, gaming was where I went to deal during the darkest of days. Gaming also tends to be a preferred hobby to lots of creative types which also happen to be a big target of the dreaded “Black Dog”.

  • Pete Davison 4:02 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: , Take This   

    @bowlisimo Cheers bud. Yeah, Jeff Green is on board already, as he’s already written very publicly about his experiences. There are a few other people involved who haven’t decided whether or not they want to “go public” just yet, too, so I’ll refrain from mentioning them for now.

    Hadn’t thought about Wil Wheaton and Mike Krahulik, but those are both good shouts. I’ll mention it to the group.

    Anyone reading and thinking “hmm, I’d like to be part of that,” we’re still getting stuff into place and sorted out to begin with, but we will be “recruiting” at some point in the near future if anyone wants to share some experiences. For now, I hope the content that does trickle out is of help to some of you.

  • bowlisimo 3:48 pm on November 20, 2012 Permalink
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    @angryjedi That is awesome and you guys are awesome. The “suffer in silence” part got to me, especially as a guy. I could’ve used something like this when I was 15. You and I have talked before, but I’m still dead set on defeating social anxiety. Those first steps man… still working up to it. Hope abounds.

    Have you tried getting a hold of Jeff Green for that site? He has written about his depression in the past, Wil Wheaton as well. I remember Mike Krahulik used to write about his problems with anxiety too.

  • Pete Davison 11:48 am on November 20, 2012 Permalink
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    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.

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