I’m doing an Important (to me and hopefully others) Thing this coming weekend: I’m going to talk with Philippe-Antoine Menard about my struggle with mental health. This is something I’m passionate about, which anyone who knows me well or follows me quickly discovers. We did a panel at Gen Con, which…really, I should just have you hear him talk about it.
A year ago, I pushed things a bit further and successfully pitched a concept for a Pax East panel featuring gamers dealing with depression and anxiety. The idea was to outline, through life stories and anecdotes, how our respective tribes* were very powerful allies in overcoming the recurring hardships of those dealing with anxiety and depression.
The Pax East panel was a huge success. Along with my friends Brian Liberge and Melissa Lewis-Gentry, we shared poignant stories and hilarious ways that our tribe flew to our help in times of need. Many people in the room shared bits and pieces of their stories with us. Even a year later, I still get good feedback for it.
With such a resounding success, I planned an encore for last summer’s Gen Con. That time, we were graced by the presence of game designer and writer Ryan Macklin. Ryan shared a heart wrenching account of his bout with a condition that caused him so much physical pain that it drove him out of his mind with anxiety and the darkest of thoughts. His emotion-laden account had the whole room listen with rapt attention. Once again, many of those in the room hung around to share stories. A feeling of belonging, of not being alone pervaded the room.
We’re doing this as a Hangout on the Air this Saturday, February 2nd, at 6pm Pacific Time/9pm Eastern Time. Read Phillipe’s post for more information. Once it’s done and on YouTube, I’ll edit this page with the video embedded.
Edit: Thank you all for listening in. For those who want to check it out, it’s on YouTube: