Riot Games is looking out for their player's well-being with a new partnership.
Today, Riot Games announced that they've partnered with the Crisis Text Line, a support service for those experiencing a mental health crisis. This is a free, confidential hotline that players will be able to access easily. All they'll have to do it text RIOT to 741741 and they'll be able to talk to a trained Crisis Counselor.
This partnership is born out of the North American community's feedback last year. In a survey, players voted that "good health and mental wellbeing" was their most important social value. As a result, Riot has worked to improve that value in the region. Director of Karma (Social Impact) and Executive Director of Riot Games Social Impact Fund Jeffery Burrell shared his excitement on the matter:
"We’re excited to partner with Crisis Text Line to provide players real, accessible resources when they or someone they know may be in times of crisis. Suicide is a leading cause of death for people under 35 around the world and we hope that this partnership can reach more people during their times of need.”
At the beginning of March, Riot Games also partnered with Active Minds. They're a large organization supporting mental health awareness and education, generally and in regards to gaming specifically. On their website, there are stories from famous pro players and guides to help people be healthy in mind and body.
2020 has been a difficult year for many around the world so far. Mental health is a real problem for many, and if you're feeling in pain, never hesitate to reach out to someone.