Albany youth win support to help gaming addicts and are ready to launch.
Albany has managed to score an exciting first of its kind project to help young people with problem and addictive gaming. In June the WA Department of Communities awarded the GSEDC support to deliver an innovative program called Get Your Game Off, which is aimed to assist youth aged 10 to 18 who are struggling with managing their gaming.
Local schools have been contacted to participate in interactive and educational one hour information session about gaming. These sessions will help young people understand how and why gaming can be so addictive, and the effects it can have on relationships and school work.
The program was the brainchild of a young gamer who recognized that gaming was having a huge negative impact on her life and her sleep. But she wasn’t alone in that; youth working at the GSEDC were asked what they considered as the number one problem affecting their friends, and a group of 30 youth put addiction to gaming at the top of the issues they couldn’t solve list.
And so the idea was born that not only did young people need to know more about gaming, but they also needed the tools to help them manage. So the interactive information sessions will be followed by young people having access to a free support group called Zombie Gamers Anonymous where they can gather their tools, and track and monitor their progress with other gamers. These groups will be facilitated by fellow young gaming addicts who understand how bad the problem can get.
How Get Your Game Off works is unique and we like to keep gamers guessing! You have to join in live to get your tricks and tools to defeat your problem gaming!
If you would like more information about this topic or to book your school in for an information session, please contact Nicolette Mulcahy at 9842 9399