Ella, 15 from Cardiff, believes that gaming can help with shyness and is a way of making new friends.
This article is part of the Never Give In campaign, where 21 young Cardiffians were commissioned to create a piece of art showing how gaming affects their mental health. This is the story of Ella, a 15-year-old artist who was part of the project.
How has gaming affected your mental health?
It has helped me get to know my friends more and is a way to forget stress and just have fun. It’s a way to make new friends and get to know new people. It has helped with my shyness and ability to make new friends. It’s also helped me forget the bad memories of the past and bad thoughts at that point of time. I can just have fun and play with friends and escape reality.
There are many games for different types of people and they can help you find others who like the same game as you. You can talk to them while playing the game and get to know them. You can play with your friends as well as make new friends and learn how to play different games.
Gaming has affected my mental health really well as it helped me cope and talk to my friends when we weren’t in school, after school, and when someone was bored
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