Today I was lucky enough to be contacted by clinical psychologist Hannah Melrose of the initiative Brave HQ. This organisation are doing fabulous work for young people with mental health issues.
BRAVE HQ is passionate about advocating the use of innovative, individual and inclusive psychological and educational practice across the lifespan. We believe that everyone has the right to access mental health care.
Hannah described to me that she is initiating a service to provide gamer specific group therapy. This involves “playing games, talking about life and forging social connections with new people.”
It is wonderful that in Australia we have psychologists who are passionate about unifying the worlds of gaming and mental health treatment. With so much evidence that games can be of benefit in not only stress reduction, and emotional regulation, but also clinical diagnoses such as anxiety and depression, I can’t wait to see what the future holds in this exciting frontier.
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.