Andy’s own journey with mental health started after multiple deployments to Afghanistan and the resultant PTSD. He has played Warhammer for years and finds multiple games over a weekend really tough, and mentally very tiring.
So when he started planning a stream for CALM he thought ‘what would I not want to do? I would not want to play for 2 days, f&*$ that.’ Instantly, he knew he had his idea. Check out a summary of Andy’s top tips for making the most out of your gaming for CALM event after his 40 Hours of Warhammer:
1) Come up with an idea that you would give money to – don’t kid yourself. Make it a real challenge. After all, saving lives makes it worthwhile.
2) Give your event a name and a face. Make it catchy and memorable. Make events pages, make a logo, use #’s; they work. Get them out there.
3) Plan what you want and set solid goals that you can use to mark your success; fund-raising targets, interviews, page shares, people following a stream.
4) Make it safe and accessible. This is key, people love interaction with events, they also want to know their money is going direct to the charity you are supporting. Just Giving will be your best friend.
5) Be clear on WHY you are doing the event. “Just because” is not good enough. Be relatable and make sure the reason you give is understood by the people donating. Always link back to your why.
6) Local media: ring them up, email them, tag them in your event. Spread the word any way you can. That way you will also be able to shout about CALM and their work and helpline.
7) Accept help, from any and all sources. A lot goes into an event! There are a lot of people who care about you and if you are OK, even if you haven’t met them. We are stronger and better together.
Read a bit more about Andy’s fundraiser in our Gamers Guide to fundraising for CALM.
*CALM recommends streaming for 12 hours or less to make sure you’re not putting your body under too much strain. If you’d like to stream for longer, consider roping in some friends to turn your stream into a relay event.