[From the industry] Safe In Our World Announces First Ever Winter Blues Bundle to support Gamers and their Mental Health

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Video Games Mental Health Charity, Safe In Our World in partnership with Fanatical, are proud to announce the upcoming Winter Blues Bundle, featuring a total of thirteen games and two DLCs with all proceeds going towards further supporting the charities endeavours. Available exclusively via the dedicated partner Fanatical the bundle, worth over £200 / $250, will be available to purchase on February 4, 2022.

At its core, Safe In Our World believes that video games can provide an excellent medium to improving mental health, whether this is through personal adventures, group missions, or everything in between. This is of significant importance throughout the winter months where, in the UK alone, around 13 in 100 people experience the Winter Blues, up to 6 in 100 people are thought to have Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the effects of reduced sunlight throughout the post-festive season are particularly detrimental to our overall mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, each unique game within the bundle has been meticulously selected to inspire and support gamers throughout this challenging season.

The upcoming Safe In Our World Winter Blues Bundle features thirteen games and two DLCs kindly provided by the charities Level Up Partners. The bundle offers players a welcome escape from reality during this difficult time of the year for mental health and wellbeing:

  • Dragons: Dawn of New Riders by Outright Games
  • Adventure Time: Pirates of Enchiridion by Outright Games
  • Payday 2 by Starbreeze
  • GRIP: Combat Racing by Caged Element / Wired Productions
  • E.R.O.: Nothing Ever Remains Obscure by Storm in a Teacup
  • Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure by Curve Games
  • Red Faction: Geurrilla Re-Mars-tered by Deep Silver
  • Eastside Hockey Manager by SEGA x Sports Interactive
  • Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition by THQ Nordic
  • Pure Pool by Ripstone
  • The Persistence by Firesprite Ltd
  • The Ship: Remasted by Blazing Griffin
  • Portal Knights by 505 Games
  • DLC Fall Guys: Collector’s Pack by Mediatonic
  • DLC Fall Guys: Popstar’s by Mediatonic

Proceeds from the Winter Blues Bundle will go towards providing Mental Health training, supporting future initiatives from Safe In Our World, and extending the charities Level Up Mental Health Programme, which seeks to challenge all companies within the video games industry to unite and commit to positive change, ensuring safe and supporting work environments in regards to employees mental health, and eliminating the stigma surrounding those living with mental health conditions.

“We are enormously thankful to our Level Up partners for their contribution to this bundle, the support for Safe In Our World from the videogame industry has been huge.” Said Sarah Sorrell, Charity Manager of Safe In Our World. “We hope that this bundle can offer players a true escape from reality throughout the winter season where so many people struggle with their mental health. We truly believe that video games can be force for good, a positive light in the darker days, and this selection of games helps to prove that.”

The Winter Blues Bundle launches on Fanatical on February 4, 2022, with thirteen games and two DLCs for $8.99 with all proceeds supporting Safe In Our World.

About Chris Wallace

Chris is a freelancer writer and was MCV/DEVELOP's staff writer from November 2019 until May 2022. He joined the team after graduating from Cardiff University with a Master's degree in Magazine Journalism. He can be found on Twitter at @wallacec42, where he mostly explores his obsession with the Life is Strange series, for which he refuses to apologise.

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