Call of Duty tournament for Norfolk Mind after organiser loses three friends to mental health in one year
The video game Call of Duty Warzone is to be live-streamed via a gaming platform called Twitch to raise money for Norfolk MIND.
Steve Harrowing,33, an ex-Royal Marine, from Lynn, has joined the group, made up of ex-forces personnel as a safe space to talk about mental health.
Steve spoke to the Lynn News about why gaming can be helpful for those suffering from isolation and what mental health means to him.
He said: “Last year I got into a dark place and it was scary. I think a lot of people are suffering at the moment and especially as ex-military people we are expected to be brave and strong all of the time, and mental health is largely ignored.
“Gaming online can be good for mental health, as it’s a place where you can talk to others and enjoy gaming together, it keeps you connected, that’s more important now than ever.
“If we can help just one person who’s having a bad day, and they feel they can talk, then our job is done.
“We aim to fight the stigma surrounding mental health.”
The group plans to stream their tournaments once a month, with a donation link available.
The idea for the tournament came from Thomas Nicolson, from Yorkshire, who has suffered the harrowing loss of three friends to suicide inthe past year.
Call of Duty: Warzone played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One boasts more than85 million players worldwide.