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:
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
- Crisis Text Line – Text “HOME” to 741741 to get started. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.
- NAMI Helpline – 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) – A free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public.
- Domestic Violence Resources List – An extensive list of resources gathered by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), covering a wide variety of needs for survivors.
- Psychology Today – Multi-national directory of verified mental health professionals. Search by location, type of therapy, faith, specific topics, gender, and more. Also provides content written by clinicians, experts, and researchers from across the fields of behavior and psychology.
- Christian Care Connect – Find a Christian counselor or coach near you. Powered by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
- Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF) – Provides mental health and counseling resources from a Christ-centered perspective, including a blog, videos, audio, books, and more.
Mental Health for Nerd Culture
- Games and Online Harassment Hotline – Text “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.
How to Support Others
- How to Help Someone in Crisis – A mental health crisis can take many forms, but no matter what kind of crisis someone might be going through, you can help. Make sure to stay with your loved one while they’re at risk and do not hesitate to get them professional help.
- Ways to Support a Survivor of Relationship/Domestic Abuse – How to provide emotional and material support to a person who has experienced abuse or violence in ways that protect their safety and empower them to be able to focus on their own growth and processing.
- How to Work Well With Others (and Their Mental Health Issues) – How you can help yourself be the awesome person you are by compassionately helping other people do the same.
- How to Help a Loved One with a Mental Illness – Family support (biological family or chosen) is vital to recovery. Here are some ways to care for yourself and help your loved one, even when they lack the ability or willingness to seek help.
Apps & Games
- SuperBetter – SuperBetter is a game and a tool, created by game designers and backed by science, that gamifies personal growth and resilience in the face of any kind of illness, injury, or health goal. You can learn more on the FAQ.
- Peaceful Video Games: 5 Titles That Will Boost Your Mood – Video games aren’t a substitute for speaking to your doctor or another health professional if you are struggling, but they can be an additional tool to add more peace in your life.
- Woebot App (iOS & Android) – Friendly AI-powered chatbot that provides clinically-
validated therapy to address mental health challenges.
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.