Mental Health Foundation Releases Video To Help Gamers Understand Their Wellbeing

UK charity the Mental Health Foundation has released an online video to assist video game players in better understanding how games affect their mental health and vice versa.

The video, titled ‘This Mental Wellbeing Exercise Could Change The Way You Game’ is based on a study conducted by the charity. It looked at both the positive and negative effects of gaming and its impacts on players. 

YouTube video

By asking players to keep a daily record of their mood, feelings and motivations while gaming, the Mental Health Foundation came up with five recommendations for developers to consider when designing their games.


These recommendations include:

  1. Tackle harmful behaviours and toxic communities 
  2. Tackle discrimination by ensuring that there is meaningful, inclusion and representation in the design of games and in the industry 
  3. Embed mental health content in games 
  4. Raise awareness of mental wellbeing in the gaming community more broadly 
  5. Help players game more intentionally via design features


The Mental Health Foundation’s research was funded via Jingle Jam, the world’s biggest charity gaming event. Hosted by The Yogscast, the yearly charity drive has raised more than $25 million for charity since 2011.

As someone who uses gaming to relax in my free time (and not just as part of my job), more steps to look after the wellbeing of players’ mental health is always something we should be including in accessibility discussions. For example, being able to mute toxic players in online multiplayer or having an option to skip potentially triggering scenes is always a good choice.


Do you find gaming to be a positive on your own mental health? Let us know on our social channels. Be sure to also check out our list of the best games that include mental health representation.

And if you or someone you know struggles with their mental health, there are people out there who can help:

Safe in our World
The Calm Zone
Mental Health America


Featured Image Credit: Florian Gagnepain