scannerbarkly is creating Videos, Articles and Music about Gaming and Mental health issues
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(Click here to go and see the community website)

Hey guys, my name is Scannerbarkly and what this video aims to do is tell you a little bit about myself, a little bit about what I do and a little bit about my plans and why I have come to Patreon to seek support from good people such as you. Its a complex story which I will do my best to keep as simple as possible.

What I do is make videos and write about gaming. I also make videos and write about mental health issues. I myself deal with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. The link between the two is that the former helps me deal with the latter. While for many people there exists the stereotype of the antisocial gamer what gaming enables me to do is make friends, meet knew people and be social.

I started my Youtube channel as a creative outlet to help me deal with my illnesss. When I originally got sick my entire life changed. I had physical and mental issues that just seemed to be too much to deal with, my social life completely shut down, I didnt see my family for over a year and I completely stopped going outside, I simply couldnt handle it. This left me in a place of great loneliness. The first big step forward for me was my fiance buying a headset for me. It meant that on the days where I felt good I could play video games with my friends. I was back talking to people and even meeting new people. I set up my Youtube channel as a creative outlet and I have been open and honest about my illness on it.

On my channel I try to take a broad view, I cover some triple A titles, indie titles, all genres of games, I do comms that range from in game tips to pieces on gaming culture, gaming news and even how we can improve oursleves as gamers and , I guess, people. I try to be as open and honest with people as I can, as its a trait I value...if I speak highly of a game its because I love the game and I do my absolutely best to give as much support to strong indie titles as i can. Sometimes people buy games based off my opinion of them and I take that pretty seriously. I also talk about being ill and mental health issues.

Initially I didnt expect much response but everytime I would talk about being ill and dealing with it people would contact me, telling me they knew exactly how I felt or thanking me for some words of advice I might have spoken in the commentary. It struck me then...many people were in the same position as me, far more than I had first imagined. The more I would talk about it, the more people I would find in that same boat and eventually I had an idea. Gaming had helped me, I am in a much better place now than I was when I first started talking to other people while gaming. I have made amazing friends and set up a fantastic support network for myself. Its been rewarding and enriching in equal measure.

As such, I want to help other people though my channel, through my writing and by setting up an online community called The Anxious Gamers. The website already exists and will cover both gaming and mental health issues and there are things that I can do if I can get support. Teamspeaks for people to talk in, servers for people to play on, community events and activities to bring people together and get them talking. Right now I know that there are people out there who have been suffering and going through hard times...I want to make a place where they can come and interact at their own pace. The can sit and listen, or jump in and talk. Gaming will act as the common ground and the comfort zone. It can he hard to start a conversation with people...it can be easier to start a conversation about the first time you played Mario Brothers or your favourite game right now. This common ground can be the starting point for great friendships, a way to help someone find people they can talk to about what they are dealing with. Oftentimes the problem with mental health issues,the thing that keeps some people gagged is the stigma. We can create a place that is free of stigma, where the folk you meet and interact with understand what you are dealing with. We can do something good here.

The website will aim to help not just people who are dealing with mental illness, but also people who have a friend or family member dealing with it. It can be tough to watch someone you know go through this and the strain and the stress can add up. You want to help them but struggle to find a way to, or even fully understand what they are going through. To stop the site content becoming too heavy there will also be articles on games and gaming culture, once again trying to push that middle ground that we all share.

The thing about my channel that I am proudest of is how my subscribers interact with each other and me. We have built our own little community based on respect and understanding, on our mutual love and passion for gaming. We like to look a little deeper at things, discuss things that many other channels wouldnt and I know that we can turn this into something more. Since originally announcing my plans for the Anxious Gamers on my channel poeple have been nothing but supportive and encouraging, ofer tim and help and advice. I want to harness all this and make this community happen and help people. 

All that said, its important to note that I find it impossible to seperate me, my channel and the work I want to do to help people. They are all interconnected, so supporting one is effectively supporting the other. I want to make it clear that I am not trying to trade on being ill...I actually struggled with even the idea of setting up a Patreon. The truth of it is that being ill is part of who I am, as a result of the illness I am unable to work so simply cannot get this thing up and running without your support. If you like what I do and if you would like to see what I could possibly turn this into you will have all of my gratitiude and thanks. For very little money we can get people talking and talking is the first step to not feeling so alone. Thank very much for your time, for the support from anyone who chooses to offer it and all the best. :)
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
For a dollar donation you have gotten someone into the Teamspeak, talking about things. A one dollar pricetag seems odd for something that has helped someone deal with something horrible. You are a good person and you have my thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per month
0 patrons
Two dollars a month gets two people talking...it's like you are twice as great of a person. :) Once again you have my thanks and the thanks of the people whom you have helped.
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
If you are willing to pledge 5 dollars a month you will be kept up to date on everything that is planned for the community and the channel. You are helping to sustain this, so deserve to be told what is coming in the future. Get access to an update video each month so you know what is happening.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
10 dollars a month is a lot of money to help other people, "Kind Soul" Achievement Unlocked! Get kept up to date each month and join me for gaming sessions where we talk about whatever comes up. Ask me questions about the community, the channel and how it is all going while we have fun and play games.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
By pledging 20 bucks a month you have shown you are as insane as you are giving. Get kept up to date on everything that is happening with monthly update videos, join me for gaming sessions where I can answer any question you have and take your feedback. Also, get early views of the videos and articles that relate to Mental Health issues. Have a say in what I am trying to do and help me shape the direction of the community and the site.
Goals
$28 of $100 per month
For a hundred dollars we can have a TS and some game servers. Places that we control give the potential for community projects and long term efforts. Even the simplest of goals and the simplest of cooperation and joint ventures can change someones day and give them something to look forward to.
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(Click here to go and see the community website)

Hey guys, my name is Scannerbarkly and what this video aims to do is tell you a little bit about myself, a little bit about what I do and a little bit about my plans and why I have come to Patreon to seek support from good people such as you. Its a complex story which I will do my best to keep as simple as possible.

What I do is make videos and write about gaming. I also make videos and write about mental health issues. I myself deal with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. The link between the two is that the former helps me deal with the latter. While for many people there exists the stereotype of the antisocial gamer what gaming enables me to do is make friends, meet knew people and be social.

I started my Youtube channel as a creative outlet to help me deal with my illnesss. When I originally got sick my entire life changed. I had physical and mental issues that just seemed to be too much to deal with, my social life completely shut down, I didnt see my family for over a year and I completely stopped going outside, I simply couldnt handle it. This left me in a place of great loneliness. The first big step forward for me was my fiance buying a headset for me. It meant that on the days where I felt good I could play video games with my friends. I was back talking to people and even meeting new people. I set up my Youtube channel as a creative outlet and I have been open and honest about my illness on it.

On my channel I try to take a broad view, I cover some triple A titles, indie titles, all genres of games, I do comms that range from in game tips to pieces on gaming culture, gaming news and even how we can improve oursleves as gamers and , I guess, people. I try to be as open and honest with people as I can, as its a trait I value...if I speak highly of a game its because I love the game and I do my absolutely best to give as much support to strong indie titles as i can. Sometimes people buy games based off my opinion of them and I take that pretty seriously. I also talk about being ill and mental health issues.

Initially I didnt expect much response but everytime I would talk about being ill and dealing with it people would contact me, telling me they knew exactly how I felt or thanking me for some words of advice I might have spoken in the commentary. It struck me then...many people were in the same position as me, far more than I had first imagined. The more I would talk about it, the more people I would find in that same boat and eventually I had an idea. Gaming had helped me, I am in a much better place now than I was when I first started talking to other people while gaming. I have made amazing friends and set up a fantastic support network for myself. Its been rewarding and enriching in equal measure.

As such, I want to help other people though my channel, through my writing and by setting up an online community called The Anxious Gamers. The website already exists and will cover both gaming and mental health issues and there are things that I can do if I can get support. Teamspeaks for people to talk in, servers for people to play on, community events and activities to bring people together and get them talking. Right now I know that there are people out there who have been suffering and going through hard times...I want to make a place where they can come and interact at their own pace. The can sit and listen, or jump in and talk. Gaming will act as the common ground and the comfort zone. It can he hard to start a conversation with people...it can be easier to start a conversation about the first time you played Mario Brothers or your favourite game right now. This common ground can be the starting point for great friendships, a way to help someone find people they can talk to about what they are dealing with. Oftentimes the problem with mental health issues,the thing that keeps some people gagged is the stigma. We can create a place that is free of stigma, where the folk you meet and interact with understand what you are dealing with. We can do something good here.

The website will aim to help not just people who are dealing with mental illness, but also people who have a friend or family member dealing with it. It can be tough to watch someone you know go through this and the strain and the stress can add up. You want to help them but struggle to find a way to, or even fully understand what they are going through. To stop the site content becoming too heavy there will also be articles on games and gaming culture, once again trying to push that middle ground that we all share.

The thing about my channel that I am proudest of is how my subscribers interact with each other and me. We have built our own little community based on respect and understanding, on our mutual love and passion for gaming. We like to look a little deeper at things, discuss things that many other channels wouldnt and I know that we can turn this into something more. Since originally announcing my plans for the Anxious Gamers on my channel poeple have been nothing but supportive and encouraging, ofer tim and help and advice. I want to harness all this and make this community happen and help people. 

All that said, its important to note that I find it impossible to seperate me, my channel and the work I want to do to help people. They are all interconnected, so supporting one is effectively supporting the other. I want to make it clear that I am not trying to trade on being ill...I actually struggled with even the idea of setting up a Patreon. The truth of it is that being ill is part of who I am, as a result of the illness I am unable to work so simply cannot get this thing up and running without your support. If you like what I do and if you would like to see what I could possibly turn this into you will have all of my gratitiude and thanks. For very little money we can get people talking and talking is the first step to not feeling so alone. Thank very much for your time, for the support from anyone who chooses to offer it and all the best. :)

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
0 patrons
For a dollar donation you have gotten someone into the Teamspeak, talking about things. A one dollar pricetag seems odd for something that has helped someone deal with something horrible. You are a good person and you have my thanks.
Pledge $2 or more per month
0 patrons
Two dollars a month gets two people talking...it's like you are twice as great of a person. :) Once again you have my thanks and the thanks of the people whom you have helped.
Pledge $5 or more per month
3 patrons
If you are willing to pledge 5 dollars a month you will be kept up to date on everything that is planned for the community and the channel. You are helping to sustain this, so deserve to be told what is coming in the future. Get access to an update video each month so you know what is happening.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
10 dollars a month is a lot of money to help other people, "Kind Soul" Achievement Unlocked! Get kept up to date each month and join me for gaming sessions where we talk about whatever comes up. Ask me questions about the community, the channel and how it is all going while we have fun and play games.
Pledge $20 or more per month
1 patron
By pledging 20 bucks a month you have shown you are as insane as you are giving. Get kept up to date on everything that is happening with monthly update videos, join me for gaming sessions where I can answer any question you have and take your feedback. Also, get early views of the videos and articles that relate to Mental Health issues. Have a say in what I am trying to do and help me shape the direction of the community and the site.