MAY DAY MENTAL HEALTH GAME JAM

DeepWell DTx is partnering with Global Game Jam™ to give game developers and creators an opportunity to prove the power of games in addressing mental health.

CHALLENGE YOUR GAME DESIGN SKILLS FOR GOOD IN OUR FIRST ANNUAL GAME JAM.

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

REGISTER

Sign up a team of game developers, artists and creators in the form below.

WHEN

Join us May 1-22. You are welcome to start late but will need to complete your game by May 22 to qualify for prizes.

THEME

Create and submit a game that educates, addresses or celebrates mental health:

Demonstrate how video game themes and mechanics can be utilized as treatment
mechanisms

Help dispel misconceptions and social stigma related to openly discussing and
addressing mental health issues

Make it fun! Maximize entertainment to make your game engaging and playable

CRITERIA

This game jam is a competition for developers, where teams of varying sizes create a game following a set theme within a given time period.

Build community that works to connect and support those suffering from stress,
anxiety and depression

Demonstrate how your game theme and mechanics address stress, anxiety or other related symptoms of depression

Use your game to foster community, support and understanding of mental health challenges and conditions

A few days prior to the May 1 kick-off, we’ll reveal more details on the jam’s theme. We’ll also provide all participants with notes on incorporating treatment mechanisms, along with examples.

Video Game Designers

WHAT YOU GET

PROMOTION

All games will be promoted on the Global Game Jam’s itch.io page for public viewing and play.

PRIZES

* First Place: $25,000 USD

Second Place: $10,000 USD

Third Place: $5,000 USD

*Plus consultation and mentorship with industry experts to further develop the game beyond a jam prototype

JOIN THE GAME JAM

Enter your team details and our team will be in touch.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a game jam?
What is the theme for the Mental Health Game Jam?
What is the Global Game Jam™?
How many people can I have on my team?
How much time do I have to complete my game?
Can we submit a game we’ve already been working on prior to this event?
Are there any restrictions on participation?
Where can I read the Mental Health Game Jam Terms and Conditions?
What about Game Jam Mechanisms and Examples?

MEET THE JUDGES PANEL

Kate Edwards

Former Global Game Jam Executive Director

Shahid Ahmad

Developer Evangelist, DeepWell DTx

Rami Ismail

Co-Founder of Vlambeer and Global Indie Champion

Dr. Leeza Maron

Ph.D, Neuropsychology

American McGee

Creator of Alice and Spicy Horse Games

Dr. Anne Marie Porter

Ph.D, Health Psychology and Video Game Research

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TREATMENT MECHANISMS

Learn more about treatment mechanisms here.

TREATMENT MECHANISMS