We've embarked on a year long campaign to raise awareness for mental health. Building on the release of The Town of Light (an interactive experience which shines a light on the history of mental health care) we're working with some incredible charities and we've got some great events planned.
Check out what’s coming up below! Although issues concerning mental health are beginning to be talked about more openly, the job of raising public awareness is far from complete. Here at Wired, our aim over the next year is to bring much-needed funding to partners such as Take This, as well as other charities operating at local, national and international levels. The gaming community is such a caring collective, and we welcome its assistance in helping us bring these much-needed support services to those that need it most.
Video games are a good medium to reach people suffering. If you really look at the video gaming community, it is filled with troubled kids, not engaging but finding solace and escapism in a game or virtual world. Our mission is to try and reach out to gamers, working with key charity partners to ensure no one is left behind, no one is alone. We've created the Wired Productions Mental Health fund, where money raised will be used with key charity partners to help spread the message of being open around mental health.
Of course, we're raising money and you can donate to the central fund HERE, Listed below is the latest initiatives we're running! If you’re interested in supporting Wired Productions by getting involved in charity events of your own, or If you’re a charity that specialises in supporting mental health issues and would like to register to be part of this activity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUGUST 16TH TO SEPTEMBER 6TH
25% of The Town of Light Profit does to the Mental Health Fund - Read more HERE
At Wired Productions we believe that the business is only as strong as the team that keeps it running, that's why we're proud to maintain the highest standards for employee well-being, providing a strong system for support.
In August 2017 we announced our first Charity partnership, TakeThis. TakeThis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in 2013 by veteran journalists Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt and clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline, Psy.D. in response to the tragic suicide of a colleague. TakeThis, Inc. seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We do not provide mental health services or professional consultations.
(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 email@example.com or call, for free on 116 123
- Rethink Mental Illness - call 0300 5000 927 (calls charged at your local rate)
- Mind - email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.