Picked on growing up as a child. Lack of self-confidence leading to other health issues, such as being overweight. Bullying resulted in tendency to be quick to anger. Suppressed into violent thoughts resulting in horrible social skills, a lack of self-preservation, and manic behaviour leading to several attempted suicides at an older age (16-21).

Today, driven, more positive and hopeful for the future.

What Gaming Means To Me

I found all manner of games therapeutic. However in the most difficult times I remember, I usually turned to games which were more puzzle related, and required you to problem solve. Not so much horror, violent or shooter games, but did frequently play games like this in social settings. They allow me to think differently about problem solving. Sometimes re-applying what I learn to the things I do as a professional game developer. But also be inspired by the creativity and ingenuity which goes into games. They also allow to share unique and humorous moments with friends which is always good fun.

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.