Mental health issues remain a pervasive problem on the e-sports scene.
News just in: LRiot Games, part of the must loved LCS Games, has now formed an exciting partnership for the second year with Active Minds, the renowned not-for-profit mental health organization. Their strategy is to give their support to educating the general public about gaming practices related to good health and mental well-being, for 7 weeks, thereby making more people aware about how easy it is to succumb to destructive habits when playing.
Tips For Staying Mentally Healthy
The Active Minds website includes some great advice and tips for gamers. These include how you can maintain a well-balanced mindset in-game, and a strategy for bouncing back from tilt. Other recommendations comprise:
- Playing for a maximum of a few hours at a time
- Getting at least 7 hours sleep
- Completing daily physical activities
- Having an optimum diet
Moreover, good mental health in professional gaming plays a crucial role in overall team positivity and motivation. To that end, as some individual gamers play for over 5 to 10 hours per day, a strong support system needs to be in place in order to keep them uplifted.
The Social Disadvantages of Gaming
These days, the general public are becoming more aware that the isolation that is brought on by a tech based life, is not a good thing for optimal mental health. ESPN stated that: “when someone who lives a life in a box can’t meet someone outside that box, what do they do? They use the computer, an extension of their work, to communicate with the outside world. Unlike traditional professional athletes who can get away, competitive video game players, especially those who play computer games such as League of Legends, can’t turn off the screen and walk away.” This restricts their time for socializing in the real world, seeing their family and friends, and meeting new acquaintances, quite simply, their online world has the upper hand.
More About the Partnership
“Riot has articulated how it understands the importance of living a healthy lifestyle as a professional gamer. While working with Active Minds, they dive deep into the lives of professional League of Legends players and their mental health journeys.” In fact, last year, the former carried out a survey involving players from North American. One of the questions was: what was the most important aspect of their lifestyle. To which the majority responded: “good health and mental well-being.”
Further, when it comes to gaming professionals, optimum psychological health is a top social value, and taking the boundaries beyond that: “it’s important to understand that mental wellness is a topic that impacts everyone, even the pros.” In fact, some well known players will be: “expressing their mental health journeys during the LCS games. Riot will also air a discussion on mental health on their weekly show, The Dive.” These will go out to millions of people, and hopefully, touch the lives of many.