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An Evidence-Based Mental Health Model for Game Developers

Summit Speaker:

Jennifer Hazel (Doctor, Executive Director, CheckPoint Organisation)

Location: Room 2009, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 19

Time: 3:50pm - 4:20pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games Summit

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Rates of burnout, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns are high in game development. This session is about the psychological challenges of game development and how to overcome them. Attendees will hear from Dr. Jennifer Hazel, a psychiatry doctor with a special interest in video games and mental healthcare, and founder of CheckPoint, a nonprofit which connects mental health resources with the gaming community. She'll share CheckPoint's AAA model for game dev, providing education and evidence-based advice on managing mental health issues.


Attendees will have greater understanding of mental health in general, and gain new insight into their own strengths and vulnerabilities. They'll learn new tools and coping mechanisms to deal with common issues, such as stress, depression, anxiety and burnout. And they'll feel confident in managing this during future game development.