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Mental Health Support For The Gaming Community

League of Legends developer Riot Games enters partnership with to Crisis Text Line to offer free, confidential support for gamers facing a mental health crisis. 

Culture Compass
Culture Compass
6.8Good
GenderFemale, Male, Other
Age BracketTeens, Young Adults, Grown-ups
GeographyNorth America, Europe

Riot Games, which is already in a partnership with Active Minds to promote mental health education and healthy gaming practices, has announced this partnership with Crisis Text Line to focus on the gaming community’s wellbeing.  Crisis Text Line is known for offering counseling and mental health support to users via text messages in the US, UK, Canada and Ireland. The platform has trained crisis counselors who are specially trained to support the players who are struggling with suicide, self-harm, bullying, depression, anxiety and abuse.

In a 2019 survey, the gaming community in North America chose “Good health and mental wellbeing” as their top social value. Riot Games claims to have made that the focus of their plan since then, thus coming up with this partnership. The players in USA and Canada are enabled to avail of these free services 24/7 by texting RIOT to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

References – Engadget and RiotGames

Culture Compass
6.8Good
In the recent years, there has been a phenomenal growth in the gaming community. With e-sports, casual gaming and streaming becoming a big market, the mental health of the players behind the screen is of utmost importance to focus on. Riot Games' initiatives not only gives easy access to the players experiencing mental health crisis, but also normalises the concept and opens dialogue about the well being of the same.

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  • Inventiveness 6.0
  • Engagement 5.0
  • Human Centricity 8.0

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