The gaming community's wonderful advocates for mental health.

"[Games]  present me with problems that are solvable, and with all the tools to solve them."
- Captein

Video Games vs. Depression
Danny O'Dwyer

“Can games help beat depression? Danny explores the link between video games and dealing with mental health issues.”

This video discusses experiences of depression, and their relation to video games – how they helped and how depression can influence the development process. Featuring game personalities and developers alike, talking openly, honestly and often quite frankly about their personal stories, it is a must watch for anyone going through the same thing and seeking to feel like they are not alone.


Game Addiction: The Real Story
Laura Parker

“What is video game addiction? What are its boundaries, its symptoms, and its treatments? How wide is its scope? In this GameSpot AU feature we speak to researchers, psychologists, medical bodies, and gamers to gauge their thoughts on the cause and effects of video game addiction.”


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Anxiety, gaming, and me - and maybe you
David Hollingworth

PCAuthority’s Online Editor talks honestly and objectively about his own experiences with anxiety. This article contains invaluable information on the definition of anxiety, what it feels like, treatment options and the role of gaming as a therapy. This includes the dangers of relying solely on gaming and the importance of discussing your issues with a professional.



Austin Walker

Austin’s contribution to games writing is impressive to the point of intimidating! He has spoken about a variety of topics covering all aspects of culture. He is a strong advocate for diversity. He has his own website and contributes to other outlets regularly.

Here are some of the pieces he has written about mental health.

A Burnt Torch: Darkest Dungeon, Mental Health and Lovecraftian Horror 

The Long Game: Subterfuge, Formalism and Interactivity 

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Danielle Riendeau

Danielle is an incredible lady. She can boast roles as senior reviewer @Polygon, @idlethumbs co-host, a graduate professor, a game developer, amongst more. She regularly writes about mental health and has acted as a powerful advocate for diversity in gaming. Peruse and enjoy.

What does depression feel like? Will O'Neill explores darkness with hope and honesty.

The psychology behind to-do lists explains our “incomplete” complex

New advances in videogame therapy heal the mind and soothe the soul.


Take This
Because It’s Dangerous To Go Alone.

Take This is probably my favourite place of all time. Founded and co-ordinated by the ever giving Russ Pitts, Take This acts as an advocate, an educator, and a safe space for all things mental health. They are now a registered non-profit charity. One of the outstanding and truly wonderful services they run is the “AFK Room” – “More than a quiet space, the Take This AFK Room is a quiet space for people who need it, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who are stressed out. Some visitors simply need a break from the excitement and stimulation of a large event. Others seek conversation about mental health related issues. Still others check in to support us and our mission. We are happy to meet you all.”

Some selected articles:

When to Seek Help — and How to Find It

When Gaming Isn’t Fun

We asked people on Twitter to share with us what depression was like, in their experience.  

Anxiety Is An Illusion - by site founder Russ Pitts 

On SSRIs and irresponsible journalism
Johnny Chiodini

Johnny is the Senior Video Producer for Eurogamer & co-author of upcoming RPG @KayPachaGame. He has suffered with depression and found medication to be very useful for him. In this poignant article he reveals how much he was struggling, how difficult basic life tasks had become, and the impact of help. He responds to an article published in the UK media criticizing medication, a viewpoint which he believes could be harmful to many vulnerable people who rely on the media to inform them in a world full of advertisement, competition and ambiguous legality.

About Pixel

Prescription Pixel is an initiative to provide a space for people who enjoy gaming to learn and talk about mental health.

We believe that video games can be therapeutic for mental wellness, and we support clinical research into this area. On the site you can find gaming and non-gaming based resources for all sorts of emotional and psychological experiences.


In addition, we acknowledge that online gaming addiction can be a serious condition. If you think you may be addicted to online gaming, you will find helpful resources here.

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Quick Tips

A selection of quick and easily accessible ideas you can use at any time. The idea is to do at least one of them every day for two weeks, and see if you feel better. Give it a try - what do you have to lose?

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The development process can be a real challenge. Prescription Pixel has put together a site to make that process just a little bit easier. With tips, links, resources and support, you can keep going.

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