It is our duty to help people along the way. Members of Wired have regularly embarked on charitable expeditions for a variety of great causes. This is part of the Wired DNA, and will continue to be well into the future. Great charities from Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, MS Society, Alzheimer’s Society and the British Heart Foundation have all benefited.
Wired are also a huge supporter of video game industry charity Special Effect, that helps disabled and suffering children to enjoy the world of video gaming. Wired have Ambassadors within this charity and have supported it in many ways over the years.
Three years ago, Wired had the pleasure of meeting a small indie developer from Italy. They presented a demo of The Town of Light which was fundamentally a game that brings attention to mental health and highlights the atrocities of past treatments. Wired had the privilege of publishing it on console, and it became the catalyst for starting a campaign to raise awareness of mental health. This led to Wired donating $10,000 to a Mental Health Charity, ‘Take This’, and is just about to launch a global initiative focusing on Mental Health Awareness in the Video Games Industry. The initiative is going to be under the brand Safe In Our World, and will be looking to highlight ways of spotting and helping people suffering from Mental Health issues.
(Taken from Takethis.org)
How can one tell when to reach out for assistance? Although there are no absolute answers, there are six signs that generally indicate it is time to seek help.
When coping methods haven’t worked. You’ve done what you usually do when something is wrong—talked with friends or family, diverted yourself with work or hobbies, or tried several direct approaches which have failed. You’re beginning to run out of energy to cope and may be feeling demoralized.
When unhappiness outweighs happiness. It feels like an effort to face the day; usual sources of pleasure seem dimmer, less joyous; you have a constant nagging feeling that something is wrong even if you can’t label it.
When a crisis or unexpected loss occurs. An accident, physical illness, death, or divorce puts burdens on a family and may lead to temporary difficulties. Even normal developmental events (birth of a child, marriage, moving) can be stressful and lead to negative behaviors.
When you sabotage yourself. You can see what might help you but you can’t get yourself to do what you know you should. Some “force” seems to be keeping you from using your own strengths.
When a negative pattern develops. When someone loses friend after friend, alienates one person after another, cannot maintain a stable work situation or has a chronic feeling of dissatisfaction, a pattern is developing which is unhealthy and self- defeating.
- When symptoms develop. One of the most common reasons people seek help is the onset of unexplainable symptoms—anxiety, fears, depression, drinking, or physical symptoms. When these are no longer mild enough to ignore, they push people to seek help for themselves or their loved ones.
Tackling a problem early is not only easier, it prevents further difficulties. Remember, too, the real issue is often not whether one absolutely needs help, but whether one can benefit from it. When in doubt, it can be useful to discuss this very question with a professional over the phone.
If you need to talk to someone in the US please see the below support
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline - call 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - call 1-800-273-8255
If you need to talk to someone in the UK please see the below support
- Samaritans - email firstname.lastname@example.org or call, for free on 116 123
- Rethink Mental Illness - call 0300 5000 927 (calls charged at your local rate)
- Mind - email email@example.com or call 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably)
Also, don't under estimate talking to a friend, family member or even a colleague. You Are Not Alone.