First look at the series tackling mental health issues with the help of video games

Brodie Fogg 16 January 2018 NEWS

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Take a closer look at CheckPoint's upcoming YouTube series.

Founder of CheckPoint and practising psychiatric doctor Dr Jennifer Hazel wants to raise awareness about mental health issues and teach viewers how to treat these issues using video games we know and love, like Mass Effect, Journey and more. In May of 2017, a Kickstarter for the CheckPoint web series was created, a campaign that went on to raise $63,000 ($8,000 over its $55,000 goal).

Just 10 months after its Kickstarter's conception, the series will begin on Monday 29 January and now we have our first full trailer for the series.

The series will feature huge interviews with many industry professionals, including Gizmodo's Rae Johnston, Vlambeer's Rami Ismail, Naughty Dog's Josh Scherr and Bioshock creator Ken Levine – all detailing their experience with mental health issues, sharing personal stories and methods of dealing with depression and anxiety.

As mentioned above, the series will debut on 29 January and will be available via YouTube, Steam and CheckPoint's official website.

If you need to talk to someone, these services below offer support for a variety of mental health and issues:

  • Headspace: 1800 650 890
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

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