Jess: Pretty much everyone I know has some form of anxiety or depression and it’s really hard to talk about it sometimes, even with your closest friends. Take This, a non-profit organization that provides mental health resources to gamers, has created a new way to combine gaming and compassion when it comes to mental health.
According to Take This:
This new charity D&D adventure module was created in collaboration between Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, Clinical Director for Take This; Bill Benham, associate producer for Wizards of the Coast; and Hannah Rose, best-selling author of such Dungeon Master Guild material as the College of the Opera and Cartographer subclasses. In “Gardens of Fog,” a dear friend lies stricken, a prisoner in their own mind. The locals are baffled, unable to provide aid, and without your intervention, your companion is surely lost. Steel yourself, enter the realm of the mind, and face the struggles within. This D&D module contains a complete adventure, monster encounters, information on how to take on anxiety and depression in the real world, and a new character subclass inspired by Take This’ mascot: the psychomancer! It’s dangerous to go alone, so grab your party and face these challenges together! Win or lose, Wizards of the Coast and Take This strive to aid gamers, and game makers alike, who face their own monsters.
To celebrate the release of “Gardens of Fog” several Twitch streamers will be hosting sessions featuring the module. See below for detail on where to when to watch:
Hyper RPG on June 18th, 9pm – 12am PDT. Joining HyperRPG’s Malika Lim Eubank, will be an amazing group of tabletop enthusiasts including, Yoshi Sudarso, Peter Sudarso, Cristina Vee, Emma Fyffe, Emily Rose Jacobson, Cameron Rice and Michelle “Chubby Bunny” Bradley.
Rival of the Waterdeep on June 22nd, 12pm-3pm PDT. Joining moderator Surena Marie will be Carlos Luna, Cicero Holmes, Tanya DePass, Shareef Jackson, and Brandon Stennis
Clinical Roll on June 24th 5pm – 6pm PDT. Clinical Roll will feature mental health professionals in the games community. They include Megan Connell, PsyD, ABPP; Adam Davis, MEd; Adam Johns, MA, LMFT; Jack Berkenstock, MHS; Rachel Kowert, PhD; and Raffael Boccamazzo, PsyD.
“Thousands of players have told us how D&D helped them to explore and overcome the real-life challenges they face,” says Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo, clinical director of Take This and co-author of the adventure module. “We’ve named our problems. Now, we help our friends find hope.”
Download the “Gardens of Fog” adventure for $6.99 on the Wizards of the Coast Dungeon Masters Guild and tune in to the streams above to see the module in action. You can also join the #MyMonster social media campaign to connect with other gamers and share your stories in the quest for mental health. For more mental health resources, please visit Take This’ website.