The years of my life just around a decade ago were very dark days. I had a lot of hard things to deal with. I had no outlet, no voice or understanding of what I was dealing with. The family I came from didn’t understand mental health in those days. As a guy, it was expected we had to suck it up and keep things to ourselves. A very bad coping strategy as we now know.
This expectation led to a time where I shut down and stopped living. I was new to London to escape the stress that life had mounted onto me. I stopped talking to people that were not online. I stopped leaving my apartment except for the extremely rare middle of the night trip to metro just not to have to see people. Eventually even that broke down and I stopped eating and I grew weak so I no longer even left bed. If not for the actions of those who became my friends and loved ones, I am sure no one would of seen me again.
As time passed I discovered online social gaming. World of Warcraft became both an outlet and a crutch. From playing on my own one day to leading a guild of hundreds after a few years. From there my hobby of role playing games (RPG) exploded and I started running groups and events for like minded people. Through my experiences I learned to organize my time, to plan creatively, to manage people and to take charge.
mindyourmind’s work with mental health awareness and their approach to reach those in need is exactly what I would have needed in my own dark days. This is why I want to support mindyourmind. If through the joint efforts of my convention, my clubs and the efforts of mindyourmind, we can help anyone else who is struggling like I did, then this is a good thing and we should be doing good things in this world if we can.
Forest City Comicon is a celebration of nerd culture like no other: London, Ontario’s Centennial Hall will host the 2014 Forest City Comicon this October. The event will feature costumes, vendors, panels, board games, and video game tournaments. The event promises to a celebration of nerd culture and the popular culture that surrounds it.
The event will be held on Sunday, October 19 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at London, Ontario’s 14,000 square foot Centennial Hall.
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