Dark Souls is Good for your Mental Health?!

  • Episode 1 of a new season and a 7 episode arc on Games + Mental Health
  • Dr. Jennifer Hazel is a psychiatric doctor and the founder of Checkpoint Organization
  • Checkpoint is a nonprofit that raises awareness and gives resources about mental health in the gaming community
  • Normalizing the language around mental health
  • The results of the latest research on the psychological benefits of video games (hint: RPGs are apparently amazing)
  • The number 1 game that gamers find improves their mental health – Mass Effect. With Dragon Age as a close second.
  • The particular value of playing stealth games
  • Why games are so difficult to research
  • Wait – Dark Souls is GOOD for your mental health?!
  • Escapism and games – self-expansive and self-suppressive (Link to research)
  • Retelling the story of you gaming experience – from gamer guilt to embracing your identity
  • Dr. Hazel and I share our experiences of using our passion for games to reach beyond our comfort zones to help fellow gamers
  • How the Checkpoint video series tackles mental health issues using the power of video games



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