Be RAD with Mixer – Supporting Mental Health Month

Mixer is built on the strength of our community. We have always believed that every person on our platform should feel welcome, supported and safe. That’s why Mixer will show our support for mental health and help to amplify awareness of Mental Health Month in May.

Now more than ever we need to recognize the importance of our community’s mental and emotional well-being and appreciate that the more conversations we can openly have about mental health, the better we can destigmatize the mental health conditions so many of us have. Open dialogue connects communities and helps pave the way for younger generations. We want to empower gamers, streamers and viewers to share their stories, have open conversations and to find the mental health help they need.

As part of our efforts to support our community and help drive awareness of mental health, we’re excited to announce that we’re teaming up with Rise Above the Disorder, a non-profit organization committed to providing free mental health care with compassion and integrity to people of all backgrounds across the globe.

Stay home. Stay connected. Stay well.

To help us kick off the activations we have lined up for the month, internationally acclaimed music artist and mental health advocate Lauv will host a special livestream event titled “Breaking Modern Loneliness: A conversation on mental health.” Friends and collaborators will join Lauv to share stories, talk about how we can cope during this difficult time and to answer your questions. Check out Lauv on Twitter to learn how to submit questions ahead of time and be sure to watch the LIVE event on the BlueBoyFoundation Mixer channel today May 1st at 10am PT / 1pm ET. Visit the Microsoft InCulture page for more information on Lauv, his foundation and the upcoming event!

Later today, the founder of Rise Above the Disorder, Jason Docton, will join us on a special episode of Mixer’s LevelUp Cast to share his personal story and how gaming led to the creation of R.A.D. Be sure to tune in to the LIVE show on the LevelUpCast channel at 12pm PT / 3pm ET!

Help make wellness possible for gamers across the globe

In the spirit of supporting mental health, Mixer will help support wellness for people across the globe by empowering our content creators and viewers to fundraise and donate to Rise Above the Disorder. Mental health care should not be a luxury, which is why R.A.D. provides entirely free mental health services to those in need. When you donate, R.A.D. will use those funds to cover therapy sessions for gamers actively participating in their programs. Learn more about how your donation makes an impact.

Make a donation or start fundraising for RAD by visiting MixerIsRAD.org!

Throughout May we’ll feature Mixer Partners, special events and charity streams supporting mental health awareness on the Mixer homepage.  

In addition, we’re providing our Mixer community with custom stream overlays (see below) and will launch three mental health awareness themed Sparks Skills to use across the platform all month!  

Connect with Mixer for a chance to win Mixer Embers & Microsoft Store gift cards

Join the conversation! Each week throughout May, Mixer will pose a question or thought on Twitter asking for your tips and tricks for how you deal when you’re overwhelmed. How do you de-stress or get into your chill-zone? Best games to play, songs to listen to, mental reminders or affirmations to tell yourself when you’re in a funk – we want your ideas! Those who participate will enter into a raffle for the chance to win Mixer Embers and Microsoft Store gift cards!

Click here for official contest rules and guidelines.

For more information on how Microsoft is supporting mental health awareness, check out these awesome resources:

Right-click on the overlay images below to save and use in your own stream!

If you or someone you know are currently experiencing a potentially life-threatening crisis (self-harm, suicidal thoughts or physical threats from someone else), please contact your local law enforcement or a suicide hotline immediately.

See the Mixer Community Wellness: Mental Health Resources & Information page for additional resources.