#PrideMonth: Three Clear LGBTQIA+ Games So Far at #E32018

June is LGBT+ Pride Month in the USA, honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan.

Many game developers have touched on these type of relationships and identities in various ways, especially the likes of indies DONTNOD’s Life is Strange and Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods, or in AAA customizable characters in RPGs like The Sims, Mass Effect or Dragon Age that let you romance any gender.

You can read more about LGBT Pride month at the Library of Congress’s website.

Let’s take a look at the LGBT+ representation at E3 2018 so far.

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What Can We Do About Suicide? Create Change

Every day, 123 people are lost to suicide in the USA, and 1.1 million attempt suicide annually. Over 8.6% of youth reported that they have made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Teenage girls attempt twice as more often than boys, but boys take their lives at nearly 4 time the rate as girls. Youth suicide rates overall have remained significantly lower compared to every older age group. The rate of suicide for middle aged white men is the highest currently recorded. Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has worked for the past 30 years to save those who are struggling, and be a source of comfort and understanding to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

There are various ways we all can work towards raising awareness and assisting yourselves or loved ones who contemplate suicide.

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Is it okay to not celebrate Mother’s Day?

Is it okay to not celebrate Mother’s Day?

Yes.

For many people, Mother’s Day isn’t necessarily a celebration with their mothers.

It’s common to fantasize about the perfect childhood with a nurturing, caring mother who sacrificed much and often.

But that’s not a full reality for everyone.

If you fall into these categories because your mother displays narcissistic tendencies, making her emotionally unavailable, this holiday can end up triggering deep emotions of sadness and loss, and even post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

 

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Day 3 – Mental Health Month, May 2018 (#4Mind4Body, #ThoughtfulThursday)

May 2018 marks the 69th year of Mental Health Month being celebrated in the USA, started by Mental Health America. Spread the world that mental health is something everyone should look out for and care about for themselves and each other!

When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on just being flu-free, or our physical performance, although both of these, and other measures, are quite important.

We need to focus on our whole health – which includes our mental state as well.

Therefore, the focus for 2018’s campaign is #4Mind4Body – meaning we will focus on how to be fit in well rounded ways for our own futures, no matter where we are on our personal journeys to health and wellness.

 

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Day 1 – Mental Health Month, May 2018 (#4Mind4Body, #TastyTuesday)

May 2018 marks the 69th year of Mental Health Month being celebrated in the USA, started by Mental Health America. Spread the world that mental health is something everyone should look out for and care about for themselves and each other!

When we talk about health, we can’t just focus on just being flu-free, or our physical performance, although both of these, and other measures, are quite important.

We need to focus on our whole health – which includes our mental state as well.

Therefore, the focus for 2018’s campaign is #4Mind4Body – meaning we will focus on how to be fit in well rounded ways for our own futures, no matter where we are on our personal journeys to health and wellness.

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Week of Feb 18th: No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

Week of Feb 18th: No evidence to support link between violent video games and behaviour

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563217305472 + https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1875952117300113

• Behavioural realism does not increase the activation of aggressive concepts in Violent Video Games.
• Challenges theories which assert that more Violent Video Game realism leads to greater VVG effects.

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