This Saturday, a charity CS:GO tournament will be held online in memory of gamer Sander “Wilde” de Bruin who was sadly lost to depression on June 14th following a long battle with mental health issues.
The tournament was created to help raise awareness as well as money to support Sander’s family during this difficult time. If you would like to donate, please visit the following link. Donations from the gofundme will go directly to Sander’s family.
The charity tournament will start as RO64 at 4:30pm, CET, with Semi finals taking place on Sunday evening. For more information on the schedule, please visit:
Or watch along live at: https://www.twitch.tv/wildescommunitytournament
If you, or anyone you know, has had thoughts of self harm, please contact a healthcare professional. Support networks for those struggling with mental health issues from anxiety to depression are available 24/7.
Mental Health Resources
If you are based in the UK or EU, the Samaritans hotline can be contacted free of charge on 116 123, or by email to [email protected]
If you are based in the USA, the Samaritans USA can contacted on 1-800-273-TALK, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.
Another resource available is Anxiety Gaming. AG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing FREE mental health resources for the gaming community. Visit https://anxietygaming.com if you’d like to find out more.
The end goal for Anxiety Gaming, Wilde’s teammates and all those involved is to help highlight support avenues for those dealing with mental health issues. Mental health is often seen to have a stigma attached, but two out of every five people suffers, and more than half of those affected never seek help.
It can be difficult to know what behaviours to be concerned about, and many people feel ashamed to look for assistance. If you experience from consistent feelings of social withdrawal, lack of motivation, mood swings, and loss of appetite or sleep, Anxiety Gaming and the hotlines above are happy to talk or ever just listen. If you have ever had thoughts of self harm, talk with a healthcare professional.
Whether you’ve encountered mental health problems or not, always try to be considerate and nicer to those you play with both online and in person, as you never know what someone else is dealing with. Gaming, and competitive gaming in particular, can often be filled with toxic and aggressive behaviour, but it only takes a small effort from individuals to improve the online space for everyone.