Game safe

The World Health Organisation recently released the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and included gaming disorder, defined as: a pattern of gaming behaviour (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

St Mungo’s employ specialised staff to help combat addiction and promote strong mental health and wellbeing amongst our clients. The recent classification of gaming disorders by the WHO elicits further responsibility to ensure our Game Changers event participants are playing sensibly and not letting a fundraising challenge take precedence over other daily activities.

It is really important to GAME SAFE when committing to a fundraising challenge. Make sure you:

Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital or video gaming activities. However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.

Be mindful of the following signs that may indicate you have developed a gaming dependency:

  • A strong desire to play video games
  • Difficulties in controlling its use
  • Persisting in its use despite harmful consequences
  • A higher priority given to video games than to other priorities and obligations
  • A low mood, a dip in motivation and a lack of desire for activities other than gaming

If you want more information or wish to talk to an expert about video gaming addiction, visit this website run by ADT healthcare, who specialise in video gaming disorders and provide a 24hr helpline for confidential advice and support.