Category: Mental Health

When it’s good, it’s very good……

….but other times it’s f##cking awful.

 

For many of us, the hobby is what makes us smile and gives a purpose to those slivers of time that we are not working, sorting out the kids, doing chores, doing DIY, pretending to enjoy socialising with the other half’s friends and all the mundane things in life. 

Nothing is more satisfying than the buzz of starting a new crew/team/army/force for a rule set, whether it’s one that you know and love or something new. 

And there’s nothing worse than losing hobby mojo. 

There are many reasons, some of which we have discussed during our waffle. Whether falling out of love with a favoured rule set, loss of regular gaming buddy or being disenfranchised by what you read on FB forums. 

For those of us that suffer with depression, anxiety, PD or any number of other mental health issues it can also be a warning bell. Losing motivation to do the things you enjoy is a common sign of a depressive episode and for us loony hobbyists can be the start of a cycle that is hard to break. 

‘I don’t want to play cos I feel like crap and can’t deal with people and because I haven’t played or seen my mates I feel like crap’. 

Social media can be a double edged sword. Easy and non-personal contact with other hobby people is great. Seeing the bad side of gamer’s attitudes and net-listing can be bad. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll have a gaming buddy that can always pull you out of the murk whether with infectious enthusiasm for something new or (in the case of my best mate), a face that looks damn funny. 

@uberspoons

MIND Follow Up

Its seem like we struck a nerve with the A little bit of seriousness article from the other day, as its become by far the most read and shared piece of writing in this young blogs life.

This frankly is how it should be, everything else pales in comparison with the issues we discuss in it.

ka-logo-type-2.jpgAnyhow, we aren’t the only ones talking about Mental Health and gaming as an excellent article came across my twitter feed this evening – Depression and Boardgames an unlikely friendship by Katie Aidley which I highly recommend to you all.

I’m going to reach out to Katie and see if we can get her to come on the show to talk about it as well, it would make for a very interesting chat.

Mike

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

A little bit of seriousness

Last weekend Matt and I ran a very successful (even if we do say so ourselves) Malifaux event at Wayland Games.  Its one of the ongoing Showdown series of events that we run and has been growing steadily event on event.  This one pulled in a fantastic 48 players.

Now according to the MIND website approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and in England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

Just think about that.

It means on average 12 of the people playing games that weekend will have a mental health problem this year.  Thats a lot of people.  But thats if we just take the average.

Now think about the sort of folks who tend to be gamers.  We tend to be just ever so slightly out of step with ‘mainstream’ society, hence the nerdy and geeky tags the hobby often gets labeled with, so what do you think  about what that probably means about the mental health of a typical bunch of gamers.

Of my close gaming friends nearly all of them have some form of mental illness (no jokes please about how they have to have to be friends with me).  They might not talk about it publicly but it’s there.  Depression, Social , Suicidal Thoughts and worse.

It as also affected my family life as my eldest daughter has (and still is) suffering.  Every day is a battle for her and I am so proud of how she has pulled her life back from the brink and continues to get up each day.IMG_0346.jpg

So with all this in mind (no pun intended) we at Fools Daily have decided that we are going to do what we can in our own little way to support MIND.  At the event last weekend we held a raffle as we normally do but this time we allowed folks to buy extra raffle tickets and their amazing generosity meant that we raised £150.   Thats fantastic but I’m sure we can do better.

From now on every Fools Daily organised event will have some sort of charity focused component and at our Xmas Malifaux Story Encounter, all proceeds including ticket prices and the super duper charity auction that we are organising will go to MIND.

You can find out more information about Mental Health here and if you fancy just making a donation then I’m sure they will be happy to take your money.

Right, seriousness over, silliness will resume soon but thanks very much for reading.

 

Lets face it, I'm a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one