Games About Mental Health

Games About Mental Health

1st November 2019 0 By Positive Gamer

Video games can be an incredible medium through which people can express their struggles with mental health. Describing mental health issues to those who haven’t experienced it is nearly impossible – but video games can allow you to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and interact with their reality. It can be a therapeutic tool – to feel heard and understood, and it can be educational – to understand and support those whose struggles you haven’t experienced.

Robin

Games about mental health - Robin - chronic fatigue syndrome

This is a very short game dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome – of course, chronic fatigue syndrome isn’t just a mental health issue, many people suffer from it without any mental health problems. However, it’s something most people with depression will be very familiar with.

Robin Game Team

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Genre

simulation

Neverending Nightmares

Games about mental health - Neverending Nightmares - depression and ocd

This is a horror experience based on the creator’s own struggles with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. As a horror experience, it won’t necessarily be something everyone will want to attempt – if you’re interested but can’t handle horror, then I recommend some lets plays.
If you’d like to experience it for yourself, I’ve written a beginner’s guide to horror, so you can acclimatise before attempting it.

Infinitap Games

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Genre

horror

Schizophrenia Simulation

games about mental health - schizophrenia simulator

I can’t comment on the accuracy personally, but reading through the comments on the itch.io page, some people found it spot-on, while others found it inaccurate. Which isn’t surprising, experiences with mental health vary. For now, we have something that represents the experience of many, and perhaps one day, there’ll be another game that describes other experiences of it.

Choppy Pine

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Genre

simulation

Depression

This one is quite interesting – the game has 11 levels, based on the experiences from a variety of people interviewed specifically for the project. Very simple, but rather interesting.

Manuel Cruz Martínez

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Genre

top-down

TIE - A Game About Depression

games about mental health - depression

Depression and existential dread through the daily grind. All in pixelated art set to melancholy music.

Tony Nowak

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Genre

narrative

Anxiety Attacks

games about mental health - anxiety attacks

An interactive experience based on the creator’s own experiences with anxiety attacks. The dev did warn that it’s not recommended for those suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, depression or photosensitive epilepsy.

Alessandro Salvati

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Genre

simulation

The Beginner's Guide

games about mental health - the beginner's guide

From the creator of The Stanley Parable. This one is a little different, I’m including it not so much as an experience of depression… but instead, the experience of reading into another person’s state of mind. This is a tricky one, which was the intention.

Everything Unlimited

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Genre

walking simulator

When The Darkness Comes

This is a walking simulator that uses a variety of landscapes to emulate the feelings of living with depression and anxiety. A passion-project from the developer, this is based on Sirhaian’s own experiences.

This Experience is NOT for everyone. This Experience explores themes such as depression, anxiety, verbal abuse, manipulative control, and suicide. This game could also potentially trigger epilepsy attacks. Seriously, do NOT play this Experience if you believe this might affect you in any way.

Sirhaian

Sirhaian

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Platform

Genre

walking simulator

This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I will keep adding to it as I come across more games. If you know of any like this, please let me know in the comments!
 
I’ve also covered a game called Kind Words, which is a community-based game that offers support through personal struggles – worth having a look.

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