Review: Sidekick: The Video Games Mental Health Journal


Posted on August 4, 2023 by fncwill

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Sidekick: The Video Games Mental Health Journal $20.00

Summary

This delightful and captivating journal boasts a rich assortment of meticulously crafted activities and prompts, all drawing inspiration from the captivating world of games. Its ingenious design meticulously stimulates self-reflection, guiding individuals towards a profound understanding of their own mental health.

For those who know me, you’d know that last year I started the journey to become a Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone in Canada, after many years of working in mental health and with youth groups and other community involvement programs. August 3rd, 2023, marked my one-year anniversary with Kids Help Phone, and I save lives and support children every day. To mark the anniversary of this, when I saw an email come across my inbox for the “Sidekick: The Video Games Mental Health Journal,” from the amazing team over at Safe In Our World, I had to jump on it and make sure I reviewed this journal and gave my feedback on it, especially since it comes with a video game theme.

Sidekick was thoughtfully created with the noble purpose of providing the expansive gaming community with a tangible resource specifically tailored to enhance mental well-being. This delightful and captivating journal boasts a rich assortment of meticulously crafted activities and prompts, all drawing inspiration from the captivating world of games. Its ingenious design meticulously stimulates self-reflection, guiding individuals towards a profound understanding of their own mental health. By ingeniously intertwining the realms of gaming and self-care, Sidekick diligently nurtures the habit of prioritizing one’s psychological vitality in the intricacies of everyday life. With its harmonious blend of amusement and therapeutic value, this remarkable journal transcends conventional boundaries, empowering individuals to embark on a transformative journey of heightened self-discovery and personal growth.


In a survey of players who reported being harassed online, one in five felt uncomfortable or upset after playing, one in seven felt isolated or alone, and one in ten had depressive or suicidal thoughts.

“Gaming can be a positive outlet for so many individuals, but things like exposure to online harassment and harmful conduct in gaming spaces can also have a negative impact on people’s mental health,” said Sky Tunley-Stainton, Partnerships & Training Manager at Safe In Our World.

“By connecting people with the games they love, we hope Sidekick will feel like a familiar friend for folks in the games community who might be in need of the tools and information within to support their mental health.”

To learn more about Sidekick and purchase this amazing journal for yourself, visit: https://shop.peregrinecoast.press/pages/journal.

To learn more about Safe in Our World and their mission for creating mental health awareness in the world of gaming, visit: https://safeinourworld.org/.

Another method of improving and supporting mental health is doing calming puzzles. Online games such as mahjong are a therapeutic way of doing tile puzzles and taking a break from the busy outside world. Taking time to work on a puzzle helps to reinforce the connections between brain cells and enhances mental speed too. When you finish a puzzle or achieve something you will also release dopamine, which is a hormone proven to improve mental wellness. The combination of journaling, and quiet puzzle games are certainly a positive step forward when it comes to improving your overall mental health.

Remember if you or anyone needs help with your mental health , or are thinking of Self-harm or having Suicidal thoughts reach out to the Crisis Text Line in the US by Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor. , Kids Help Phone in Canada by Texting CONNECT to 686868 , or in the UK , Text “SHOUT” to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text “YM” to 85258 if you’re under 19 , you can also call 0800 1111 to talk to Childline (IT WILL NOT APPEAR ON YOUR PHONE BILL )

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