I love video games. I also suffer from depression and anxiety. Written down like that, there doesn't seem seem to be much linking those two statements; however, as is this case for a lot of people worldwide, video games play a fairly significant part in how I perceive and process my own mental health difficulties.

With that in mind, I decided to create Low Batteries - a (semi) regular series discussing different aspects of mental health through the lens of video games. This first episode keeps things fairly broad, discussing video games as a coping mechanism for those suffering from anxiety, depression and low mood. In future episodes I hope to tackle more specific topics and give individual titles the analysis they deserve, but for now I hope you like what I've done so far.

Suggestions for future topics are, of course, welcome.

If you feel that you may be struggling, Samaritans is an organisation open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can contact them on 08457 909090 or email them at jo@samaritans.org.

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Johnny Chiodini

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Johnny is one quarter of the Eurogamer video team - specifically the part that looks like it comes from East London. He loves pen and paper role playing games, his dog Watson, and pretty much any video game with a bit of grimdark to it. You are almost certainly pronouncing his surname incorrectly.

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