For simmers everywhere, making the perfect Sim is always fun – you get to customise appearance, voice, personality, clothing, and aspirations, all of which will affect the way your Sims behave. Something that has been rising in popularity in the mod market allows you to give your Sim traits related to mental illness. In January, I chanced upon Depressed Trait by saphryn and, of course, gave it to the Sim I named after myself. A few days ago, I found several more similar mods. I downloaded Social Anxiety Disorder – Trait by iridescentlaura and Bipolar Trait by emile20 and got to playing.
A lot of youths do not have the means to seek professional help. Should a game like SPARX, however, make itself available in Singapore, there would be an easily accessible mental health resource that youths can turn to. Skills learned through SPARX are useful to those who do not have mental illness as well – they could act as a preventive measure against depression by increasing mental resilience. This would be exceptionally important for students who experience bullying in school, which strongly correlates with anxiety and depression.
You may wonder, what has mental health got to do with gaming? Today, I just found out that Runescape has a mental health event in-game, and I was so pleasantly surprised. In case you didn’t know, Runescape has been supporting mental health charities over the years, and it aims to raise $150,000 this year, for Prince’s Trust and CPL Mind, as well as YMCA’s Right Here.