People deal with mental health in different ways. Some people turn to friends and family, religion, or just unplugging completely for a while. Games can help you cope after a terrible day or week. They’re great for escapism, but sometimes even the best games aren’t enough. Safe In Our World wants you to know that there are resources to help, and they come at the issue from a gaming focus specifically working to promote mental health awareness targeting gamers and developers.
Formed in 2019, they have three new members joining the ranks. The first is Dr. Jo Twist, and she has an extensive resume. She is the BAFTA Games Committee Chair, and the CEO of Ukie, “the only trade body for the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry”. She is also the Vice President of the gaming accessibility charity, SpecialEffect, which helps people with physical disabilities be able to play games. I’m only highlighting a few of her positions and accomplishments here, but you can read more about her on the press release here.
Kate Edwards is the second person announced to join. She has served as the Executive Director of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA) and has worked on projects with Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Bioware. At GDC this year, she will be given the GDC Ambassador Award. Once again, I’m only including a bit of her CV.
Finally, the voice of Geralt of Rivia will be putting his talents to work for the organization. Doug Cockle was “the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Acting degree at the Arts University Bournemouth from 2005 to 2017”, and it looks like he has worked in every medium from radio to games in his professional career.
Each of them dropped a quote, but the essence is the same. All three individuals are very excited to help promote Safe in Our World and understand the importance of mental health alongside physical health. They want to use their experience and talents to promote awareness and provide resources for those in need. I hope they are wildly successful.
Without becoming a preachy, afterschool special, your mental health is really important. I had a look at Safe In Our World’s site, and it has some targeted resources to help you with specific problems. It also shows you some general tips like using parental controls on gaming and an article about the importance of talking during Christmas, a time when many are commonly down for multiple, legitimate reasons despite being told to be filled with the joy of the season. It can be a tough time.
If Safe In Our World can help you, cool. If you need something more, please don’t hesitate to find it. Life is hard enough, and everyone needs some help sometimes. You’re not alone, and you deserve to live your best life.