Game Changing Mental Health

Gamers vs Depression (GVD) is a global mental health project that uses esports to teach gamers about the importance of mental health, self-care, and social connections.

With support from men’s health charity Movember, Gamers vs Depression is aiming to establish whether esports can be used as a vehicle to deliver mental health literacy programmes to gamers around the world. We also aim to reduce stigma and increase help seeking behaviours in gamers.

Our community is a place where gamers can feel empowered to talk freely about any problems or concerns they may have with likeminded peers, without fear of judgement, prejudice, or discrimination. We game together, chat, and support one another. It’s that simple.

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In addition to our depression literacy programme, we also provide access to resources and training developed in the world of performance sport including improving sleep hygiene, creating positive exercise routines, and maintaining a nutritious diet.

In doing so, we are equipping gamers with the tools to manage their own mental health and the ability to spot the signs of distress in others.

Gamers vs Depression is part of That Awfully Good Community Interest Company (12894917) and generously supported by men’s health charity Movember. That Awfully Good Community Interest Company was founded by Dr John P. Mills in 2020 with his fellow Director Nancy Borley. Dr Stewart Vella (GvD), Henry Titly-Wall (GvD), Tristan Mayglothling, and Kyran Clements also act as advisors to the organisation, supporting the development and success of our various projects. See our website for more information.

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Dr John Mills

John is the creator of GvD and has been gaming for 30-years. He is a Chartered Psychologist and holds a BSc in Psychology and Childhood Development, and a PhD in Social Cognition and Leadership from the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on examining values, virtues, norms, practices, identities, and the psychosocial mechanisms that combine to regulate behaviour. He has published 20 peer-reviewed articles to date, most of which have been within Q1 journals (as ranked by SJR, Jan 2022) in the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Medicine. You can read more about John’s research on his website.

Lee Cumbers MSc

Lee is an avid gamer, spending a lot of his time playing high level Rocket League with his friends. He has also amassed over 1.5 million views on his YouTube Channel, and is continuing to grow. Lee achieved his undergraduate degree at the University of Hertfordshire in 2015 and his Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Essex in 2021 – graduating with distinction.

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