Gaming, the community and it’s part in mental health

I was laying in bed last night feeling pretty down and out, I felt tight in my chest and like all I wanted to do was stay in the dark forever. My self confidence hit a low and I was on the brink of closing down my instagram and this blog and just forgetting this whole journey.

I, like many others, suffer with anxiety and mental health illness. I rarely talk about them as I usually keep myself to myself when it comes to my own health, I don’t like to talk about it much because I worry about feeling like I’m attention seeking. I always am there for my friends who suffer however and have a hand reached out to them in their times of need. I am very lucky to have a very close group of friends who when I feel rubbish and down, I can message them and they’ll call or message and help me feel better. I also have my 4 Guinea Pigs who are such a positive influence for me, pets honestly are the best therapy! And finally, being a mum has changed my life so much and having this wonderful human being who unconditionally loves me and I, her, is the biggest positive influence in my life.

Slowly in our society mental health awareness has become widely talked about which is amazing! No one should be afraid to talk about their mental health, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about or be ashamed about. It’s hard though, when your own head is telling you that you aren’t good enough.

So this brings me to my topic of this post… how has gaming and the gaming community influenced mental health awareness and how has it helped me?

For me, it’s been a bit of a journey! I suffer from social anxiety so it would only take 1 unkind comment for me to feel awful about myself. The gaming community isn’t without its bad points – like any community – sometimes you do come across people who want to put others down, whether thats to do with how they present themselves, what they play, what the collect etc. and I did come across some of these comments myself however since starting gamewithartemis and joining Twitch everything changed.

I have come across the most wonderful people – many whom I haven’t even met who are consistently kind and uplifting to everyone they meet! Twitch brought me to gamerfreak0x where I have made SO many friends who many I’ve actually met in real life now thanks to him. The chat is always full of positivity along with all the other channels I follow and you really feel like you’re part of something regardless if you have played that particular game or not!

Instagram has been a wonderful influence to me too – since changing my account to being about gaming solely, I have followed so many awesome people and enjoyed being able to share what I love with people who enjoy the same. I have seen people openly talk about their own issues and also talk about their strengths and achievements. It’s a place where you can feel like you belong!

I really think this whole community can come together and become a driving force against mental health – by sharing our thoughts, lifting each other up and just being positive influences for each other. I love this community and all the people I’ve met through it. There’s so many platforms for us to utilize (Twitch, Instagram, Discord, Snapchat and more!) where we can only strengthen the community vibe and help each other <3

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Have you found the gaming community to be positive for you or not? If not, tell me why and hopefully I can help! I just want to work hard to make everyone feel included and wanted <3

Until next time my lovelies

Arty x

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6 thoughts on “Gaming, the community and it’s part in mental health”

  1. Arty, what a lovely post. I totally agree with you that gaming and gaming communities can help those of us who have mental health issues. Like you, twitch and Gamerfreak’s channel have helped me a lot.

    Gaming has its toxic communities for sure. For example I found League of Legends to be so bad that it damaged my mental health and had to stop playing. We just need to stick with the positive things! <3

    1. I’m so glad that those have helped you too buddy <3 I've loved our little chats and feel amazing knowing that hopefully I have a positive influence on your happiness! <3

      We do need to stick together 😀 <3 thank you for the lovely comment

  2. I really loved what you had to say! I have met a lot of wonderful people that on otherwise wouldn’t if I didn’t step into this world of gaming and social media!

  3. The instagram ga.ing community has been a godsend to me actually. I forget how I even came across it in the first place but I do remember it started with Twitch streamers. A little over a year later, and I can’t believe the friendships I’ve made and the amount of comfort I have to open up to people I’ve never met before in real life. I wouldn’t change it for the world.

    1. Honestly, this fills my heart with such joy 😀 That is amazing that you’ve made so many friends and just further backs up my belief that this community is strong and so vital to so many people! I hope the community continues to be a good place for you 🙂 thank you for the comment x

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