5 games to help fight depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety, as well as other mental disorders, have a series of causes and need medical and psychological support to be overcome. However, some practices can help individuals better cope with the symptoms of these illnesses.

One of these ways is the use of online games created for this purpose, since, according to dr. Victor Kurita — specialist in mental health — they increase the feeling of well-being and cause relaxation of the whole body.

Curious to meet some of them? So see below the main games created for this purpose.

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1. Celeste

Celeste won The Game Awards 2018 as the Most Impactful Game of the Year. (Source: Matt Makes Games/Reproduction)Fonte:  Matt Makes Games

Celeste it was released in January 2018 and has since become a huge success due to the gameplay and the message it conveys to its audience. In it, you must help Madeline to reach the top of the Celeste Mountain, while she faces her biggest internal monsters.

Thus, players embark on a great adventure with the character, in which she needs to know herself more and more to be able to overcome her traumas and complete her journey.

The game is available for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Linux systems, and you can download it by clicking here.

2. Flower

Created by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark, Flower was first announced in 2007 during the Tokyo Game Show.  (Annapurna Interactive /Playback)Created by Jenova Chen and Nicholas Clark, Flower was first announced in 2007 during the Tokyo Game Show. (Source: Annapurna Interactive/Reproduction)Fonte:  Annapurna Interactive

O Flower is a game that provides a deep calm for its players. It doesn’t pose any challenge and its gameplay consists of controlling the wind direction through lush scenarios, which makes flower petals travel along the way.

Considered by many critics to be an emotional haven for people, its reception was so positive that the game won the “Best Independent Game” category at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards.

Its simplicity allows even users who are inexperienced in games to play without any difficulty. It is only available for Windows and you can check out more by clicking here.

3. Welcome Journey

Falar Inspira a Vida seeks to encourage people to talk about their problems in search of good mental health.  (Journey of Reception/Reproduction)The Talking Inspires Life Movement seeks to encourage people to talk about their problems in search of good mental health. (Source: Journey of Reception/Reproduction)Source: Journey of Reception

O Welcome Journey was launched in early September 2021 by the Falar Inspira Vida Movement. The game aims to educate its players about the phases of depression and the attention needed in each one of them to solve problems.

Thus, the game is divided into four phases: Discovery, Overcoming, Hope and Care. According to Falar Inspira a Vida, the game is also a way to encourage those who are experiencing emotional difficulties to seek specialized help to start a treatment.

O Welcome Journey it is distributed for free and can be played through the browser, there is no need to download the software on your device. Interested? Check out the game here.

4. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

 Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice was written by Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe and directed by Tameem Antoniades.  (Ninja Theory/Reproduction) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was written by Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe and directed by Tameem Antoniades. (Source: Ninja Theory/Reproduction)Font: Ninja Theory

O Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is another game that makes a big contribution to players’ mental health. It is set in an old Viking village, where Senua, the main character, decides to embark on a grand journey to avenge his beloved’s death.

However, the game often clearly shows the symptoms of anxiety, depression and psychosis that the character goes through during his terrible grief. Released in 2017, it is also a way to help players overcome their own traumas.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was released for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Download and install it by clicking here.

5. Sea of Solitude

Sea of ​​Solitude was announced in 2015, but its developers spent a few years working on its story and it wasn't released until 2021. (Electronic Arts/Reproduction)Sea of ​​Solitude was announced in 2015, but its developers spent a few years working on its story and it wasn’t released until 2021. (Source: Electronic Arts/Reproduction)Fonte:  Electronic Arts

Sea of ​​Solitude intelligently and originally addresses how loneliness affects human beings. In the game, players must help Kay navigate a world full of unknown and seemingly dangerous creatures.

However, the intention here is not to enter into combat to advance in the level, but to know the history of the monsters on their way and help them meet their challenges. According to Electronic Arts, the main objective of the game is to make the character see life from other points of view and be able to guide his boat towards the light.

O Sea of Solitude has been released for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and can be purchased here.

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