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A Celebration of Play Your Way and Mental Health Month

Over May 2022, we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month with our #PlayYourWay Initiative, asking gamers to play the games that mean the most to them, whilst embracing the discussion around mental health and our connections between our games and how we feel.

We’re delighted to announce that the Safe In Our World community raised over £15,000 from community fundraising, donations and activity to support the charity, its future initiatives and the work we do within the games industry to support the people who work within it!

Throughout the month, we saw so many fantastic creators set their sights on the games that mean the most to them to celebrate #PlayYourWay and raise awareness around mental health. The variety of games that you chose highlighted the individuality of our relationships with games, and how we can celebrate games in so many ways. From community focused horrors such as Phasmophobia (we’re looking at you Hannah…) to wholesome Nintendo adventures to lunchtime Wordfall with the Press Engine team!

Enjoy this clip of Hannah definitely not panicking with Ellie pulling tarot cards in the dark….

Hannah panics in the corner of the Twitch screenshot, where her and Elliejoypanic pull tarot cards in Phasmophobia

Hannah definitely not panicking – screenshot from Lomadiah (twitch.tv/lomadia)

Or this clip of Chimp195 singing Staying Alive playing The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan…

It wouldn’t be fair to also give a nod to some of the forfeits you signed yourselves up for from your community, including Beanboozled (debatably the worst) and so much slime over at Jinjar’s community. So much slime

A huge thank you to the numerous companies and studios that hosted Sarah and Rosie to talk about the charity during Mental Health Awareness Week! We facilitated fantastic discussions, panels and talks about why mental health is so important, especially within the games industry.

Jinjar - bearded streamer in grey t shirt pours lime green slime over his head, previous slime/beans/chaos can be seen on his t shirt already.

Jinjar gets slimed for Safe In Our World (Photo from Twitter: @Jinjar247)

We also saw some physical challenges undertaken from the Safe In Our World community, including Genba Digital’s Team Wolf Run! Check out the team picture below.

10 people lined up jump into a mud river for the Wolf Run

Photo from the @GenbaDigital Twitter Account

The lovely team at Switch Players Norwich hosted a raffle benefitting Safe In Our World, where you can see the excitement unfolding. We saw a wonderful week of variety games from the Grads in Games team, from Harry’s journey into The Last of Us Left Behind, indie games from Dan and Alex’s Minecraft adventure.

Alex celebrates with his arms in the air

Alex defies the odds on Minecraft Chaos stream with Grads in Games

We also saw one of the largest stream trains supporting Safe In Our World, with The ‘Safe In Our Raids’ team ran by Pengy, raising an amazing £3,000 across the 48 hour event. 24 x 2 hour streams, 48 hours of wholesome chaos. We even saw Pengy bustin’ moves with the penguins in the stream summary. Excellent.

Pengy is in a penguin suit, dancing in front of 3 cartoon penguins in celebration of the 48 hour stream raid train event

Screenshot from Pengy’s celebratory stream (twitch.tv/TheRealPengy)

All in all, we’re so proud of our community for stepping up this mental health awareness month to champion our mission and eliminate stigma surrounding mental health. Every person who contributed has our sincere gratitude and thanks, whether you streamed, fundraised, got involved with activities, donated, or showed up to watch it all happen – you helped #PlayYourWay be the success that it was. Thank you.

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Play Your Way with Safe In Our World this Mental Health Month

For mental health month this year, we’re encouraging you to play your way.

Playing the games that mean the most to us is how we thrive on our personal connections with mental health and gaming. Whether you choose Animal Crossing or Dark Souls to relax, it’s the variety of games that players hold close to their hearts that highlights the individuality of these relationships.

What is Safe In Our World working on?

This year, we want to grow our #LevelUp Campaign to support more companies in more effective ways. That means more training, 1-1 guidance on implementing mental health strategies within the workplace, and content surrounding how to take the next steps! We’re working on resources for students and new-to-industry folk to know where support can be found, and what to look for when applying for jobs.

We’re committing to train more Community Managers and Content Creators in mental health training, free of charge. We’re growing our podcast, website and social platforms to be able to bring awareness to topics that are often under the radar and bring to light more resources and good practice within the games industry.

How can I help?

There are a number of ways you as an individual or a company could get involved! We’ve made a handy list below, to give you some ideas, but if you’d like to talk to any of our team about supporting us this Mental Health month, please do reach out!

  • Fundraise with us on Tiltify
  • Donate to our campaign
  • Donate directly
  • Host a raffle or auction
  • Invite us to come on your stream, podcast or panel to talk about our work
  • Provide fundraising incentives for creators
  • Organise work fundraisers & activities
  • Consider a royalty % of a game to support the charity
  • Signpost to our resources

Click here to download our assets pack for this initiative!

Fundraising Incentives

We’ve added some brand new exclusive merch for our wonderful fundraisers if they hit certain milestones! Check it out below.

We know that mental health month is every month, but May is our key fundraising period, and we’d love to have your support.

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Play Your Way: New Fundraising Incentives Added

As you might have seen, May is Mental Health Month, and this year we’re celebrating through our Play Your Way campaign.

As per tradition, we’ve got some limited edition merch for our fundraisers as milestones, to be able to give something back to our wonderful community. You can check them out on Tiltify, or below!

What is Play Your Way?

For mental health month this year, we’re encouraging you to play your way.

Playing the games that mean the most to us is how we thrive on our personal connections with mental health and gaming. Whether you choose Animal Crossing or Dark Souls to relax, it’s the variety of games that players hold close to their hearts that highlights the individuality of these relationships.

We’re asking the video games community and industry to play the games that mean the most to them, whilst raising support, awareness and funds for Safe In Our World so we can continue our mission in mental health.

 

Get involved AND get charity gaming swag? Win win!

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Safer Together: Thank You

On May 1st 2021, we launched our very first #SaferTogether fundraising campaign as part of Mental Health Month, in an effort to raise awareness of our mission, encourage positivity, playing together and reaching out for support.

The fundraiser spanned the whole month of May, with Safe In Our World All-Star Community streams within the first week. 

Safer Together raised over £23,000 in total, which will make a huge difference towards our future initiatives, investing in the evolution of the charity and allows us to continue in our mission. 

Thank you to everyone who supported us through streaming, donating, sharing, playing with us, or watching the multiplayer chaos ensue over the month of May. We’ve seen some amazing examples of how games bring us together, and can support our wellbeing through opening conversations that are challenging to have, through the medium of games.

We’ve clipped together some of our highlights of the last month, through community streams that we were lucky enough to participate in, or dip into. If you have clips that you’d like to share from your #SaferTogether streams, tag us on social media and share with us, we’d love to see!

We kicked off Safer Together by talking to a wonderful panel alongside Ukie’s Raise The Game to discuss the ins and outs of imposter syndrome, how it affects us, and what we can do about it. This panel was recorded, and you can watch the panel discussion here.

Special Thanks

Though every single person who supported the campaign is incredible, we’d like to give a special thank you to the following people who went above and beyond to support the charity within Mental Health Month.

Corsair, Curve Digital, Embracer Group, GameByte, Good Vibes Gaming, Hannah Rutherford, NZXT, OPMJobs, Playground Games, Raccine Malcolm, Ripstone Games, SevenSquared, TkLayla, Wired Productions

& everyone who got involved with the Safe In Our World Community Streams! 

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Safer Together: Mental Health Month Fundraiser & Save The Dates

Safer Together is around the corner, so here is some useful infomation about what we’re up to for Mental Health Month.

ABOUT SAFER TOGETHER

This Mental Health Month we’re encouraging everyone to talk. Whether it’s to a friend, colleague, or a professional, talking is the first step to getting support, and we believe we’re safer together. 

We launched our first public Discord server: Safer Together, with the purpose of providing a public platform for gamers and industry folk to connect, find players for multiplayer games, discuss games, and be a safe community for all to talk or find resources. 

The Safer Together Fundraiser is looking to raise money for our future initiatives, invest in the evolution of the charity and will allow us to continue in our mission.

We are aiming to eliminate stigma surrounding mental health within the video games industry and its communities, so that every player and employee feels safe to reach out for help. 

The fundraiser will span the whole month of May, with Safe In Our World All-Star Community streams every day from the 1st – 7th May.


USEFUL LINKS & HEADLINES

Imposter Syndrome Panel in partnership with Ukie: On the 29th April at 4pm BST, we will be chatting with a wonderful panel about imposter syndrome and the effect it has on our mental health across the games industry. Tickets are *free* and you can grab one here.

Now available to watch here

Fundraiser Page:

Whether you’re looking to donate, support others or fundraise yourself – the fundraising page is where all the action will be across May.

For those fundraising for us, we’ve created some pretty fancy Safe In Our World limited edition merchandise that you’ll be sent if you hit fundraising milestones, including a 2021 #SaferTogether Pin Badge, Safe In Our World facemask/bandana and Safe In Our World Resuable Coffee Cup!


Safe In Our World Community Streams: Play With Safe

For the first week of May, we’ll be celebrating our community, and the power of social games, by having 7 days of Safe In Our World Streams! Kicking things off on Saturday 1st May with a custom lobby of Fall Guys hosted by Hannah Rutherford, followed by Mariokart chaos on Sunday with Gamebyte over on their Facebook page.

Monday is going to be back to Gamebyte for a wholesome stream on Animal Crossing Islands, and it’s to No Man’s Sky on Tuesday with our friends at Wired Productions.

Curve Digital and friends will be hosting a Human Fall Flat stream on Wednesday over on their Steam page, and we’ll be building what makes us happy in Minecraft on Thursday.

Finally, to tie up the week, Hannah will be hosting Among Us with the Safe In Our World community, which you will not want to miss!


For the remainder of May we’ll be looking to share and continue to spread the message that we are #SaferTogether and will continue to rally for mental health to be normalised within general discussion.

There will be giveaways, there will be freebies, and there will be multiplayer mischief.

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