New Team Members Also Announced
Dedicated video games mental health charity Safe In Our World has announced a series of new programs and initiatives, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, designed to continue raising the ever-so-important awareness of mental health. SIOW has announced that their theme for their year is “Together for Mental Health,” as it is one which already holds true within the video games industry due to its proclivity to bring people together through gaming and acceptance of peoples of all types.
The first project announced is the ‘Play Your Way’ Campaign which, as the name implies, simply encourages people to play the games which mean the most to them while raising funds for Safe In Our World’s future Initiatives. Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month, Safe In Our World will also be delivering talks, facilitating discussions, and initiating conversations around mental health—especially as it applies to those within the video games industry.
Safe In Our World has also announced that it has brought on additional staff members in an effort to continue its mission to bring about a greater understanding of mental health—and greater support for those in need. Benn Wiebe was confirmed to have joined as a Strategy and Corporate Partnerships Officer, while Sky Tunley-Stainton was confirmed to have joined as the Partnerships and Training Officer—the individual responsible for focusing on the expansion of the #LevelUpMentalHealth campaign.
Additionally, four new Trustees have been announced: Suneet Sharma, a legal professional with experience working with the Associated Press, BBC and, currently, SEGA; ALex Boucher, Co-Founder of Game Dev Heroes and Analog fanzine; Ian Harman, an experienced chartered accountant and current Finance Director at Beat Capital Partners; and Gem Abdeen, Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at Media Molecule. These new Trustees are set to help guide the future output of the charity.
Safe In Our World has been hard at work advocating for mental health within the video games industry since 2019, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon—quite the opposite if today’s news is anything to go by. What are your thoughts on today’s announcements? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!