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Mental Health and Making It: Succeeding Through the Struggles


Raffael Boccamazzo (Clinical Director, Take This)

Michelle Flamm (Systems Designer, Zenimax Online)

Job Stauffer (Publisher, VR Institute of Health & Exercise)

Jennifer Scheurle (Game Design Lead, Opaque Space)

Jason L. Blair (Narrative Director and Lead Writer, Deep Silver Volition)

Location: Room 3005, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 22

Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, GDC Summits, Expo Plus, Expo, Audio Conference + Tutorial, Educators Summit, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!

Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Mental health challenges are common. Really common. In fact, it is estimated that one-in-four people in the US will receive a mental health diagnosis in their lifetime. Many who are currently struggling fear that their futures and careers will be negatively affected by their mental health challenges. Join this panel of successful industry professionals who continue to grow their careers while living with mental health struggles. Listen to their stories, their struggles and, most importantly, how they overcome their challenges to continue with their careers in the industry they love. Moderated by Raffael Boccamazzo ("Dr. B") clinical director of Take This, Inc.


Attendees will increase their understanding of: the commonality and diverse ways mental health challenges affect people across the industry, that those who suffer are not alone, that a mental health diagnosis is not something inevitably leading to failure and career loss, and finally, of coping strategies others use to succeed

Intended Audience

Given the commonality of mental health concerns worldwide, this presentation is intended for anyone who wishes to increase their understanding of these challenges and how people might succeed with them.