Leveling Up Through Depression | Jason Dellatolla | TEDxMcGill

Jason’s presentation contains material that relates to depression and suicidal ideation.

What if we can repurpose a medium that over 3 billion people routinely engage with to solve
the leading cause of disability worldwide? With a vision to do just that, Jason is researching and
developing an educational video game for depression. As someone who has been navigating
depression for over a decade and has 25 years of gaming experience, Jason understands the extent to which videogames can provide people with an escape from their harsh realities. This is in alignment with recent research showing that videogames can also allow players to learn and practice depression-management skills in a safe, digital environment. By sharing personal stories of what it can feel like to live with depression, Jason wants to connect with those with lived experience—to make them feel a little bit less alone on their path through the thick, dark fog that is Depression. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
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