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A Guide to Coping Mechanisms as Described by Game Characters PART 1

A Guide to Coping Mechanisms as Described by Game Characters PART 1

What is a Defence Mechanism? Sometimes called “coping skills”, defence mechanisms are the psychological tactics we use to cope with situations that cause anxiety or distress. Each of us employs a mixture of different strategies in different amounts, and this ...
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(C) Campo Santo

No Rx Needed: A Therapist Recommends Games 2

Disclaimer: This article is meant to be informational and not serve as assessment, diagnosis, or treatment of mental illness. If you feel you need help with a mental-health-related issue, you are encouraged to seek the professional expertise of a qualified ...
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Guest Post: Dopamine Loop

Guest Post: Dopamine Loop

This Guest Feature was written by Matthew Moynihan. Guest features do not represent the views of CheckPoint, and are submissions to promote discussion around salient topics. 750 Words on Dopamine Feedback Loops Video games have been a source of fun, ...
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One Day At A Time- How Stardew Valley Can Help Mental Health

One Day At A Time- How Stardew Valley Can Help Mental Health

Stardew Valley is a unique game. Whereas most video games are primarily about overcoming obstacles, avoiding fail states while chasing victory conditions, Stardew Valley is mostly about comforting routines. The player is allowed to choose their own focus, and there ...
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No Rx Needed: A Therapist Recommends Games

No Rx Needed: A Therapist Recommends Games

This guest feature was written by Kim Shashoua, LMSW. Kim Shashoua, LMSW is a therapist who specializes in working with teens. She has presented at the GDC's Narrative Summit, academic conferences, and to many 15-year-olds. Disclaimer: This article is meant to be ...
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The Sims

Guest Feature: SIMplifying My Life

Guest Features: The CheckPoint Community coming together to share stories, knowledge and opinions about the world of mental health and video games. This article was written by Rade, who can be found on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, I like to think ...
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Global Mental Health Websites

Global Mental Health Websites

Here you'll find a long list of various different websites dedicated to mental health around the world. We've tried to make it as easy to navigate as possible, by dividing them into country and condition. General Australia Your Health In ...
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Welcoming Dr Shelley Xia and Pritika Sachdev to the CheckPoint Team

Welcoming Dr Shelley Xia and Pritika Sachdev to the CheckPoint Team

June has been a huge month for us here at CheckPoint. We started by achieving our funding goal on Kickstarter, securing $63,000 for The CheckPoint Series. We recently met with our producers and have begun scripting, aiming to commence filming ...
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Stressed Out: An Examination of Mental Health in Darkest Dungeon

Stressed Out: An Examination of Mental Health in Darkest Dungeon

As CheckPoint grows as a community, we are privileged to have people coming forward and recalling their experiences of how video games and mental health came together. This article was submitted by Greg Lent. In most games, the stress of ...
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Guest Feature: Geralt of Rivia, The Grey Player Character

Guest Feature: Geralt of Rivia, The Grey Player Character

This article was submitted by Taylor King. It contains spoilers for The Witcher. Geralt of Rivia, The Grey Player Character The world of the Witcher is a bleak and dreary one. There aren’t many reasons for someone to want to ...
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