A fundraiser on CrowdRise is collecting donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the wake of GamerGate and its ensuing controversies.
The internet has been ablaze the past few weeks over "GamerGate" and the controversies around it. While its difficult to say when that topic will die down, a few people are trying to make something good comes out of the chaos.
A fundraiser on website CrowdRise is currently raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with its target goal of $2,000 met in just over an hour of going live late last night. The total for the "American Foundation for Suicide Prevention GamerGate Charity" currently stands at $4,385 as of this writing, eclipsing the original target by more than half.
On the fundraiser's description page, organizer Lo Ping described the charity's goal as follows:
Recognizing the need for awareness and aid, we are raising money to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Depression is a very serious and often silent issue that plagues many. Often times, video games are used by some as a means of escapism to get away from those feelings. But we recognize that sometimes, people need more help than this.
And they may not be aware that there is help out there; an ear and a voice that won't judge, won't criticize. A community that understands, and that can help them through their most trying times.
As full disclosure, Alexander Marcis, general manager for The Escapist, is among the contributors to the fundraiser. "One of the members of my college gaming group took his own life after years of wrestling with depression. I have made a donation in the name of Nathan Peters in the hopes that it can help other gamers find help," he said.
No matter where you fall on the GamerGate debate, I think we can all agree that this is a cause worth supporting. If you've got a few extra bucks to contribute, you can find the fundraiser here.
Other charity groups that deal with gaming and depression also exist, including Take This, founded by former Escapist staff Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt. Take This shares stories of survivors of emotional disorders, including an entire section on people who have used video games to cope with their illness.