Streaming Fundamentals: Mental Health

    Streaming Fundamentals aims to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge in order to help you stream.

    Whether you have just started to consider the idea of streaming or you have been doing it for quite some time, this series should be beneficial to you. Each individual episode covers a specific topic that will be tackled as objectively as possible, while striving to use a range of sources and factual references rather than just a singular opinion.

    Anyone can dive in and start broadcasting their antics, but the sheer number of streamers nowadays can make it harder for those who are just getting started to stand out from the crowd. Whilst Streaming Fundamentals cannot provide you with guaranteed success, the series aims to get you to think about streaming in a more deliberate manner than you may have done previously.


    What is Depression?

    Many life events can leave us feeling sad or down, but depression is different from just being sad. Situational sadness becomes depression when it lasts longer than 2 weeks, when you experience it for most of the day nearly every day, when your symptoms are distressing, and when you experience a negative impact in one or more areas of your life.

    Depression can affect your ability to function at work, school, or home and can reduce your motivation to engage in social and recreational activities. Common symptoms of depression include:

    • Feeling sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, or generally pessimistic.
    • Feeling more irritable than normal.
    • Not doing the things you used to enjoy because you have no interest and/or motivation.
    • Feeling easily fatigued or generally lacking energy.
    • Experiencing changes in your sleep and/or appetite.
    • Having difficulty thinking, making decisions, concentrating, or remembering things.
    • Having an increase in physical ailments with no medical reason or evidence as to why.
    • Thinking of death or suicide.

    Depression does not have to be a life sentence, even though a person experiencing a depressive episode might feel like it is. There are treatments that have proven effective, and people with depression typically find relief from a combination of psychotherapy and medication.


    Streaming Fundamentals: Episode 11

    Following on from Episode 10, this episode discusses the importance of Mental Health. Whilst taking care of our bodies is reliant on us taking action, taking care of our minds is not always that easy. In the first instance you should always seek the advice of healthcare professionals in your area, but here are some additional resources that may prove useful as well:

    U.S. – The Samaritans: 212-673-3000, NDMDA Hotline: 800-826-3632, Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255, and many more.

    Canada – Resources vary depending on where you live, but this site lists the various hotlines that each province and territory provides.

    U.K. – The Samaritans: 116 123, SupportLine: 01708 765200, Anxiety UK: 0844 477 5774

    There are countless other resources out there providing telephone/email/in-person support, depending on what you require. Just remember, you are not alone.

    AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the '80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, he holds Masters of Science in Advanced Internetwork Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Cyber Security and Networks from Glasgow Caledonian University. As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much 'quieter' life these days as a College Lecturer.


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