Hey Story Games.
This discussion is going to be about mental health and how it interacts with playing and making games. After talking to the intelligent and sensitive people contributing to the Characters Driven to Suicide
thread I was encouraged to open this conversation. If you intend to post here I would appreciate it if you could read the Suicide thread and help continue its peaceful tone.
What I'd like is to do is provide a place to collect the community's stories about their experiences of people suffering from mental health problems; this could be something you've experienced personally, in your friends or more distantly in your gaming circles. Was gaming a positive activity in this regard, or a negative one? What difficulties were faced, and were they overcome? Stories may be as detailed or as bite-size as you wish, although clarity is encouraged.
I've heard dozens of these stories in my time. Sometimes they are horror stories told for laughs (">this crazy guy!"). This isn't that thread. I'm hoping by letting people come together to share and constructively talk about their experiences we can find valuable spaces and generate more focused discussions on specific issues down the line. This is, in effect, a testing of the water - to hear what's being said and discover what, if anything, is important about our mental health in relation to our gaming hobbies and occupations.
I think this would work best if, when sharing these stories , we all use aliases for the people involved. I think it's probably the fairest thing to do.
If you like you may PM me your contribution and I will post it here anonymously. This might be what you want to do if you're uncomfortable about discussing personal issues online. I solemnly promise to respect your anonymity and will treat anything posted through me with total confidentiality. I had troubles with my mental health while gaming a lot and will be posting my story of that time, so I hope you place some trust in me.
I don't expect this thread to be fast growing, but I would like it to be here. I'm not going to request a [Slow Down] unless the tone in here gets uncomfortable, but I have a feeling that we won't need to call the cops.
If you don't think this will be a valuable exercise or have questions about my implementation, please feel free to post here or drop me a PM. Don't worry, I'm often quite sane.