Gaming has helped Laura get things back on track after losing her friend, giving her a safe space to grieve and helping her to talk more openly about her own mental wellbeing. Since she set up her channel, she’s gained a pretty big following and has been able to give up her day job to stream full-time. But she doesn’t take the responsibility lightly. She’s passionate about using her platform to speak openly about depression:
“I need people to know that depression isn’t a dirty word and I’m no less me because of my depression. We need to be kind to ourselves and if we need to take a day off, that’s okay. ”
Laura hopes to host more charity streams in the future, with the help of the same community who helped her when she needed it most. She champions gaming for the escapism and connection it offers people when they’re having a difficult time, something we can definitely get on board with here at CALM:
“The same community that helped me out of a difficult place has helped me raise money for CALM. I’ll always be grateful for the friends it’s given me and how they’ve brought me back from a really low point. Just by easing myself back into it gently, and having an online presence and spending time with people virtually made it easier to get back into the world and start again.”
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