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Crisis, Domestic Violence, and Mental Health Resources

Earlier this week, many members of the board game community were shocked and saddened by the news that a designer killed two women and then himself. Multiple factors influence these situations, but from what we know, it’s clear that the conversation around healing, processing, and future prevention needs to include the topics of both mental health and domestic violence. Love Thy Nerd wants to stand with those who have experienced domestic or relationship violence and support them through healing and recovery. We also want to stand with those who are hurting in the wake of this tragedy. We have gathered these resources for people who have experienced abuse or violence, people who are struggling with mental health challenges, and the people who love them. You are not alone. We see you, we love you, and we want you to know that you are worthy of love and safety.


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or crisis, call 911 or your local emergency number, or call/visit one of the following:

US-based:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741 to get started. Available 24/7.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Available 24/7.
Other Crisis Lines (includes some outside the US)

Outside the US:
International Suicide & Emergency Hotlines


Counseling, Organizations, and Helplines

“Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” –Alfred to Bruce Wayne, Batman Begins

Mental Health for Nerd Culture

  • Games and Online Harassment HotlineText “SUPPORT” to 23368 to get started. A free, text message-based, confidential emotional support hotline, created specifically for the gaming community.
  • Take This – The mission of Take This is to decrease stigma and increase the support for mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. If you’ve ever been to PAX, you may have seen or even visited one of their AFK rooms. They provide an extensive list of mental health resources and tools, as well as videos, blog posts, articles, a searchable clinician database, live Twitch seminars, and more.
  • Take This Community Discord – A digital space for the Take This community to meet, relax, help one another, and connect over a love of games.
  • Game to Grow – 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of games of all kinds for therapeutic, educational, and community growth.
  • Geek Therapeutics – Teaching clinicians, social workers, professionals, parents, teachers, students, geek culture fans, and pro gamers how to use Geek Therapy to unlock the best version of themselves and others. Offering a therapist locator, training, books, podcasts, and more.
  • Guardians Mental Health – Focused on promoting mental health awareness and meaningful resources throughout the gaming community. They provide first step support with gathering resources, peer support, and where to find a mental health professional near you.
  • Beginner’s Guide to Mental Health – Talking about mental health shouldn’t be difficult. Here’s a brief guide to getting the conversation started.
  • Mental Health Reminders and Taking Breaks – It’s a stressful and uncertain time, and if you’re feeling upset or anxious, know you’re not alone. Here are a few things you can do when you feel overwhelmed.
  • Stack Up – Combating veteran suicide through gaming and geek culture.
  • CheckPoint –  Provides mental health resources for gamers and the gaming community.
“What is grief, if not love persevering?” – Vision, WandaVision Episode 8

How to Support Others

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” –Fred Rogers

Apps & Games

“… I also feel like virtual helps you bond. When everything around you is artificial, you have to lean a little harder on the real people.” – How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar by Rich Larson

Disclaimer

The above list of resources is not a substitute for professional advice or counseling. We at Love Thy Nerd want to point you towards resources that can help you and your loved ones, but we do not endorse any particular site, treatment, therapy, or resource. We provide these links at our sole discretion but have not necessarily vetted or fully reviewed any particular resource. We assume no liability for the use of the information or resources on these sites and encourage you to use your own best judgment when reviewing these resources.

Featured image “High Angle Photo of Woman on Ladder” by Samantha Garrote (Pexels License, cropped and resized).





Co-founder | Chief Resource Nerd
As Chief Resource Nerd, April-Lyn's passion is to empower individuals and churches to love their nerdy neighbors the way Jesus does —unconditionally, personally, and without reservation. She has also written for the UYWI blog, GROW Curriculum, and Explore the Bible for Students, and she lives in Southern California where, in addition to her work with Love Thy Nerd, she is a freelance editor, tabletop gamer, and avid reader.
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Assignment Editor at Love Thy Nerd, Madeline lives in Kansas where she takes care of people, plays games, watches, reads, writes, and makes things.

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