Xbox Contributes to Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

Xbox Contributes to Mental Health Awareness Month
Xbox and Mental Health Awareness Month

Xbox contributes to Mental Health Awareness Month to do their share. It is announced that during Mental Health Awareness Month, Xbox will offer different selections to their community.

Xbox is hearing and raising the voices of people and their mental wellbeing. All around the globe, people are experiencing new challenges on a daily basis that impact their mental health. Besides, the ongoing pandemic is not making anything about this matter any easier.


An Xbox study within the Xbox Research Accessibility Community Feedback Program, a group made up of players with disabilities, showed 84% of respondents agreeing that gaming had a largely positive effect on their mental health during the pandemic. Other community members shared that gaming provided a great distraction from stress (82.9%), emotional stress (63.5%), physical pain (38.6%), and that playing games has offered them more control than their real life (54.1%), demonstrating that people participating in this study use gaming to benefit their lives in a variety of ways.

Gaming Journey and Its Benefits

These days, physical isolation has become a part of our lives in addition to the current pandemic. The importance of being with loved ones and provide support to ourselves is much more important nowadays. By this means, people may benefit from gaming as a helping aid for their mental health issues and related problems.

People have been able to do what they can’t perform in their daily lives, ease their PTSD symptoms, and overcome anxiety. Gamers have been benefiting from gaming to feel socially connected and be a part of a community. Especially in these hard times, we need to do what we can for ourselves and others to feel good, safe, and surrounded by empathy.

The studio invites their community to engage in play and communicate with others who may be going through similar challenges.

Xbox Game Pass: Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness

Xbox Game Studios are emphasizing a selection of games chosen by the Gaming and Disability Community at Microsoft to raise awareness about mental health and accessibility in Xbox Game Pass.

Games Chosen Especially for This Month

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: A Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. In addition to its’ mesmerizing story, this game is created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis.

Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice
Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

Sea of Solitude: Sea of Solitude takes the player on a journey of a young woman and her loneliness. In a beautiful world, meet fantastic creatures, solve challenges, explore the cities and discover what it means to be human.

You can play Sea of Solitude now with EA Play, included as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC benefits.

Sea of Solitude
Sea of Solitude

Celeste: In this game, you need to help Madeline to overcome her inner conflicts on the journey to the top of the Celeste Mountain.


You can be one of the firsts to play these chosen games by joining the Xbox Game Pass. Xbox will also be featuring live streaming content on mental health and gaming the week of May 17th, 2021.

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