Diagnosed with severe depression and self harm as a teenager. Also suffered from severe insomnia, but it was treated as part of my depression, and I refused sleeping pills. Went through counseling and slowly recovered. I consider my depression to be “in remission,” not cured, and still struggle with mild depression now and again.

I no longer self-harm and sleep okay, although it still takes me longer than most people to fall asleep and I have to rely on specific comforting things.

What Gaming Means To Me

It can sometimes be an escape or a way to unwind, but the same can be said about some other forms of media. Compared to cooking, which is a skill I taught myself while recovering from depression, gaming is less satisfying and helpful. Creating games has been empowering, though.

Jennifer Hazel

I'm a psychiatry doctor and passionate gamer. I run a resource called prescriptionpixel.com - an interface between video games and mental health.
This is a space for gamers to safely share their feelings, access personalised resources, and seek help without judgement or stigma.