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Take This Launches Fundraising Campaign For 2017 Convention Schedule

“It’s dangerous to go alone. Take this.” Those words are famous among fans of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, and they’ve also served as the inspiration for Take This, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the gaming community about mental health issues. Since 2012, Take This has spread the message to gamers that they don’t have to face emotional distress, depression, and other symptoms alone, while also offering information about treatment options and support. Take This has also been a constant presence at the PAX conventions, and now they need your help to keep going in 2017.

Take This has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover its upcoming convention expenses and bring the Take This AFK Room to conventions across the country. As described by Take This, the “AFK Room is a calming space for people who need it, staffed with volunteers and clinicians who can answer questions and offer support for people who are stressed out. Some visitors simply need a break from the excitement and stimulation of a large event. Others seek conversation about mental health related issues. Still others check in to support us and our mission. We are happy to meet you all.”

The money being raised is going to be used to cover the airfare, hotels, food, and paying the licensed mental health workers who help make the AFK Room a reality at Take This’s seven core conventions; which includes all of the PAX shows. Additionally, Take This is looking to expand its reach to as many as five additional conventions within the next year. To encourage donations, backers have the option of selecting stickers, exclusive pins, a specially designed plushy, and other high end rewards for backers.

As of publication time, the Take This AFK Room campaign has raised over $20,000, with an eye towards a $200,000 total by the end of its two month campaign. To contribute to this cause or find out more about Take This, you can visit the campaign page here.

What do you think about Take This’s AFK Room initiative? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Image Credit: Take This, Inc

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