Riot Games’ Recall and Restore weekend to promote mental health awareness starts tonight


Riot Games has partnered with headspace, Le Va and the Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) to host Recall and Restore. Set to begin later today (4 pm AEDT), Recall and Restore is “a program to promote mental health awareness and healthy gaming habits for players within the League of Legends community.”

The program began this week, March 16, and culminates with Round 8 of the Oceanic Pro League livestream. The stream commences today, March 20 at 4 pm AEDT and continues on March 21.

During the streams, headspace will join the OPL team to discuss bullying as part of “the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday 20th March, and a more holistic focus on mental health on Saturday 21st March.”

Recall and Restore

According to the IGEA, 80% of Australians and New Zealanders play video games and 97% of households with children play video games.

Simon Dodd, National Clinical Advisor at headspace said;

Each year one in four young people will experience a mental health issue, this partnership allows headspace to engage through a different channel to promote positive mental health within the gaming community.

Gaming can be a positive and enjoyable pastime, but like everything in life, it’s important to create a healthy balance doing things such as spending time with family and friends, and getting enough sleep.

headspace provides some great resources for young gamers, including a fact sheet about healthy electronic gaming.

Recall and Restore is in its third consecutive year and Riot Games, Le Va, headspace and CAPS — a new partner in 2020 — are committed to the promotion and importance of mental health awareness amongst young people, particularly gamers.

Tracy McLeod Howe, CEO of CAPS said;

CAPS is excited to partner with Riot Games on this very important initiative. Young people should be empowered with the resources they need to support their own mental health. We also recognise the need to tackle bullying in gaming and look forward to providing whatever help we can to keep young people safe online.

Ivan Davies, Community and Social Play Lead, Riot Games Oceania called the Recall and Restore program a “meaningful experience” that local League of Legends players “care deeply” about.

Recall and Restore enables us to not only create a platform to talk about mental health with some incredible partners, but to also provide connection and support to players.

The OPL livestream begins today at 4 pm AEDT and you can tune in on the Riot Games Twitch channel. The second day of the stream, including more Recall and Restore and more from round 8 of the OPL commences at 4 pm on Saturday, March 21.

League of Legends is free-to-play and available now from Riot Games.

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