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This company is using gaming to address mental health

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This company is using gaming to address mental health

WATCH  | Anxiety Gaming, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, is bringing mental health awareness and treatment to the gaming community.

Volunteers reaching out

Anxiety Gaming was founded Jason Docton, who struggled with issues like agoraphobia (fear of being in public spaces) to the point where he even contemplated suicide. His experiences led him to the decision to help others who live with the similar troubles regarding depression and anxiety.

Anxiety Gaming operates solely through the work of unpaid volunteers who share a similar ideal of bringing resources and community to those who need them the most and are unable to do so on their own.

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The goal is to assist others by identifying the problem and seeking treatment options. If treatment is too expensive, Anxiety Gaming often fully covers the costs of therapy.

Several sponsors have joined the company in their efforts.

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Members of the band Imagine Dragons, who are avid "League of Legends" players, participated in a charity event with Anxiety Gaming.

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Those who want to help can do so by volunteering or by donating. Anxiety Gaming hosts a program called Consoles for Kids that gifts gaming equipment to foster homes.

So far, the company has helped over 23,000 gamers.

But they are not done yet -- Docton and his team are looking to expand to more countries around the world, with "different cultures that have yet to address mental health at all." They plan to visit countries like Haiti and Honduras in the months to come. 

For more information, visit: www.AnxietyGaming.com

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