It’s time to talk about mental health.
Not those fluffy “here’s a few tips on how to mask your depression” talks.
I mean some real, deep, “this shit is fucked up” talks.
Welcome to Gamer Glo.
That’s more than 17% of the entire world’s population.
And yet we still treat mental illness like it’s this rare, taboo subject. It’s like that embarrassing photo album that we try to hide under the bed when our friends come over.
But no matter how hard you try to hide it, mental illness is a part of you; it has shaped you into who you are today. For many of us, we have become stronger because of it.
So fuck it. I’m breaking out the photo album and I’m going to show it to the world.
Because you never know who else is hiding a similar album of their own. Maybe by opening up about my issues, I can encourage others to do the same.
I know I’m going about this in a different way than most people.
I’m not interviewing experts and I am definitely not a doctor.
I’m just a “gamer girl” who’s found something that helps.
So my goal here is to reach out.
I’m reaching out to others like me who need that encouragement.
I know we’ve all heard of the newly classified “Gaming Disorder”
Sure, if you can’t live your daily life because you’re so focused on playing video games, you might have a mental illness that needs some management. But it certainly wasn’t CAUSED by gaming.
But did you know gaming can actually HELP with common mental illness? Playing video games for 30 minutes a day has shown to help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Multiplayer video games where you must communicate with other, real life players, have even been used to directly treat anxiety disorders.
So instead of criminalizing video games, what if we continued to use them to help people? TO help ourselves?
That’s what I’m here for. That’s what Gamer Glo is about.
Let’s do this. Together.
I’ve been in some dark places in my life. I’ve felt there was no hope. I’ve considered whether or not the world would be better without me. And, as fucking cheesy as it sounds, gaming helped me out of these spirals.
Without video games and the community that I’ve gained from them, I might not be here today. And I definitely would not be the person I am today.
So let’s play some games. Let’s have some fun. Let’s level up so we can take down mental illness. Because we are fucking badasses.