A New Way of Advocating

May 9, 2018

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a fantastic day and a great start to Mental Health Week!

First off, let me introduce myself!

My Name is Jaydon and I come from a small town just outside of our nation’s capital. I’ve been a Mental Health Advocate and a member of The New Mentality for going on five years now. Typically, in my line of work, the tasks includes things such as public speaking, event planning, social media campaigns, and just generally spreading awareness around important issues. In the past two years I’ve taken a bit of a step back and decided to take a different approach to advocating by getting involved with policy work and politics.

Ok, enough about me and my past. Let’s get to the real reason on why I’m writing to you today.

Today I’m going to be talking to you about a new and improved way of advocating that I started doing back in November. And that is advocating in the gaming community.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved video games. I’m sure a lot of other gamers out there can relate but whenever I was at a rough patch in my life or I was having a bad day. Playing video games was like my release from reality. It was like something that I could do that could distract me from almost any negativity that occurred in my life. As I grew older and technology started to advance, I started meeting all sorts of people and communities via different video games, which really helped me with my social anxiety when it comes to meeting new people. If I was never introduced to the gaming community I would have never met one of my best friends or any of the other amazing people that I have come across along the way. So all in all I see it as a really positive thing.

That all being said though, there is a lot of negative stigma surrounding the gaming community, and sadly some of it is true. I will be the first to admit that even though that I had an overall positive experience with the gaming community, I had some really negative experiences as well. Specifically with cyber-bullying and people who were acting toxic. Which definitely didn’t help when I was trying to use it as a platform to help myself.

Now taking both those points into consideration and also considering the volunteer work I do, I thought to myself: “Why can’t I mix the two things I love together? Advocating and gaming. In November of 2017 I signed up and joined this website called Twitch. Twitch is an online community where millions of people and thousands of interests collide in a beautiful explosion of videogames, pop culture, and conversation. So basically people from all over the world live stream themselves while playing video games, music, hosting talk shows, and other cool things like that!

Shortly after I joined, I started streaming under the name “That Positive Gamer”. As you can see in the name, it says “Positive Gamer” which is exactly what I try and do. My overall hope is to just try and create a more positive gaming experience for people on the internet, by sharing laughs, spreading love, and just letting people know that they matter and that not all of the internet is filled with toxic and hateful people.

This year, on my channel. I actually hosted a Bell Let’s Talk Livestream for Bell Let’s Talk Day in January. I spent the day playing games, listening to music, sharing my story regarding mental health, sharing quotes and submissions that viewers sent in, as well as educating people on Bell Let’s Talk and Mental Health as a whole. It actually turned out great! I ended up getting a really positive response from the viewers, I had a steady viewership of 10-15 people, and by the end of the day over 300 people tuned in from all across the globe to see the broadcast. Which was absolutely amazing!

Over the next few months I really want to focus on developing more content! Some of my ideas include:

– Creating a YouTube Channel
– Hosting more talk shows with other streamers
– Doing Awareness Streams for certain days such as Bell Let’s Talk or Suicide Prevention Day
– Establishing more charity streams in which I can start to raise money for CMHO and The New Mentality
– Live streaming events that are related to my advocacy work such as events that CMHO or The New Mentality put on.
– And much more!

If you want to be updated when I’m going live or for more information feel free to follow me or visit me at:

https://www.twitch.tv/thatpositivegamer/

(Note: If you wish to follow me or message in my chat when I’m streaming you’ll have to create an account, but don’t worry! It’s free!)

Or my Twitter at: @ThatPositiveG

A huge thank you to all of my friends, family, and supporters who’ve supported me since Day One, I love you all! <3