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/gaming, the PR subscription service that secures media coverage for indie gaming studios, will make its full launch in early 2020 after a successful early access release.
Designed to help established indie studios and publishers gain exposure for new game releases, the subscription platform also aims to facilitate better relationships between gaming media and creators.
‘Fifa 20’ maintains its place at the top of the All Formats Chart this week narrowly beating ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ which must settle for spot No2.
‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ speeds its way up from No7 to No3 overtaking ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ which falls from No3 to No4. ‘Just Dance 2020’ continues to climb the All Formats Chart jumping from No13 to No6.
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Black Friday shakes up the All Formats Chart this week, propelling ‘FIFA 20’ back to the top for the first time since week 42. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ is also heavily promoted, but nevertheless drops one place to No2.
Huge discounts across console hardware bundles and PSVR lead to massive sales jumps for titles such as ‘Sea of Thieves’ at No4, Minecraft: Xbox Edition’ at No5, as well as ‘PlayStation VR Worlds’ at No14. The only Top 40 title to not witness a rise in sales is ‘Pokemon Shield’ down 3 places to No8, while ‘Pokemon Sword’ also drops 3 places, down to No6.
676 million people are affected by mental health worldwide.
But what does mental health mean to you? This term tends to evoke a multitude of thoughts and feelings for so many people: empowerment, shame, fear, pride, happiness, sadness, wellbeing, neglect, depression, anxiety… the list goes on and on. The good, the bad and the unknown. Some have direct experience with their own mental health, and some have experienced mental health problems vicariously - perhaps through a loved one, a friend, someone at school, someone at work. And it’s the latter that I want to focus on.
Mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs £34.9 billion each year. Those people with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs every year at around double the rate of those without a mental health condition.
So, whilst mental health continues to shed its stigmatism, there’s still a lot of work to do about how mental health is handled in the workplace.
We’ve all experienced a physical illness: sickness, a broken bone or even a common cold, but how often do we talk about mental health with our peers? Naturally, resolving mental health misconceptions is not about making people feel pressured to talk, but I think it’s important that we all play our part in providing our colleagues with an accessible and approachable pathway, that those with mental health issues can choose to tread, should they wish.
Recently I attended the Adult MHFA Two Day course and I’m now a Mental Health First Aider. I’m fascinated with mental health and passionate about improving people’s wellbeing to unlock their fullest potential, but it can be difficult to know where to start in the workplace. What’s appropriate? How would I approach a colleague with perceived mental health issues? How will this impact the business? How do I offer advice? Will I offend them? were all questions I asked myself.
As a certified MHFA, my takeaways are that your responsibility is to make the unknowns of mental health, known. It’s certainly not your job to diagnosis anyone, but it’s about spotting the signs that someone might be suffering i.e. a different behavioural pattern, assessing the current situation and arming them with all the information they need to make the decision that is best for them.
Normal service is resumed this week as ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ returns to No1, ahead of ‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ a non-mover at No2 and last week’s chart topper ‘Pokemon Sword’ at No3.
Significant retail price drops on Switch hardware help give promoted Switch games a boost with now six of the Top 10 titles in the All Formats chart exclusive to Nintendo’s platform. Early promotions ahead of Black Friday include ‘Just Dance 2020’, up from No25 to No12 and ‘WWE 2K20’, up from No28 to No18.