I’m going to share a bunch of links in a moment that are all worth clicking on, in order of importance. They all revolve around Take This, a non-profit which “seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.” Most of the time I share content and projects and initiatives aimed at diabetes, its stigmas, and community-created solutions to the struggles and challenges of living with diabetes, and in a way, this is an extension of that.
The mental health component to diabetes management is often overlooked, ignored, and dismissed. But making the right decisions in the name of diabetes control is unbelievably difficult if you’re not in the right frame of mind.
So, in a way Take This does relate to life with diabetes. It’s another avenue to explore, share, and learn from others who have something to say about mental health.
Russ Pitts returns to the podcast to talk about life after Polygon, life in freelance journalism, as well as the process behind and effort required to complete his upcoming book ‘The Making of Defense Grid 2: The Complete Story Behind the Game’. We also discuss the growth of Take This, the formation of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charity, and the future impact Take This looks to have in the world. Enjoy.
Russ Pitts, Features Editor for Polygon is on the podcast this week. We talk the path that led him to writing about video games professionally, including his run as Editor in Chief at The Escapist. Naturally we talk about the origins of Polygon including the pressure of launching a new website, the double-edged sword of creative collaboration, reaction to their “Press Reset” documentary, and the constantly evolving technology that powers polygon.com.
Finally, and most importantly, we talk about the Take This Project, its mission, and the importance of community when it comes to mental health. Enjoy.