Recently a close friend of mine passed away. It was a pretty traumatic experience (that can be a story for a different time). But, this friend of mine was one that I used to game with, along with a group of friends. We used to meet every now and then to play video games/board games, etc. but we hadn’t for a while. So a few weeks passed, we had the service and all of that, and it was alright, but we all still sort of felt down. So, we decided to have a gaming night in celebration of him. We all got together, played a bunch of our favorite games that we used to all play together, and we were able to reminisce really well. In doing so, we could share stories about him and talk about how “Oh man, he would totally have done this!” or such things. Anyway, after that, we all felt so much better, like it gave us a certain level of closure. It was gaming that brought us together, and it was gaming that truly let us feel a certain level of closure. (we’ve also decided to keep an extra pair of dice sitting at his old seat every time we play, like he’s there with us in spirit).

What Gaming Means To Me

Often times I use game as a tool for distraction, so I find that Story Driven games can help to take me out of whatever it is that is troubling me. Other times I use them as a means to calm down if I’m feeling anxious, or unwind after a long day, in which case I prefer the easier pick up and play type games that allow you to jump right in and get some things done (usually, smashing things).

by @stumpt_price, YouTuber, Researcher, Lover of Pigs

Jennifer Hazel

I'm a psychiatry doctor and passionate gamer. I run a resource called - 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.