Checkpoint’s Australian gaming/mental health series needs your Kickstarter love

Brodie Fogg 4 May 2017 NEWS

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16 episodes exploring how video games can combat mental health issues in need of some funding.

The team over at the Australia-based non-profit organisation Checkpoint are creating a 16 episode web series raising awareness on a variety of mental health issues and exploring the positive effect video games can have on wellbeing.

Checkpoint is an organisation run by Dr Jennifer Hazel that organises mental health workshops for individuals and businesses and offers game therapy sessions to healthcare facilities.

This webseries in the works will look to remove the stigma from talking about mental illness and will feature interviews with video game developers and industry folk who have lived with or experienced the mental health issues that each episode explores.

A few notable interviewees include Gizmodo and NITV's Rae Johnston, Objects in Space designer Jennifer Scheurle, Vlambeer's Rami Ismail and Naughty Dog's Josh Scherr. All up there are currently 14 interviewees lined up to talk.

The series' first season will cover a particular condition each episode, raising awareness and highlighting tips for recognising common issues in the workplace. The series will also take a look at how we can better represent mental illness in the video games we play.

All funds received through Kickstarter will be put towards creating a first and hopefully second season, with a few stretch goals like podcasts at $60,000 and more special guests at $80,000.

The Kickstarter campaign is off to a solid start with 106 backers and $5,960 raised in one day. If you'd like to help the team over at Checkpoint reach their $55,000 goal, head over to the official Kickstarter page and make a pledge. What you're paying for is firstly getting this important series produced, but there a few extra goodies, like badges, an original soundtrack download and the opportunity to appear in the credits.

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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