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CAMH releases promotional video game

The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has released a promotional video game intended to encourage young people to make healthy choices about video game play. The game, called "Soul Crush Story," takes the form of a parody of an intentionally addictive game. It is intended to be used by professionals working with youth, teachers, health educators and social workers to raise awareness of the ways in which video games can manipulate a user's behaviour. The promotion is an initiative of the centre's Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario in association with game development firm Algoma Games for Health. It is located at <http://camh.agfh.ca>.

"There are physical, behavioural and mental health signs that video gaming may be a problem," said Lisa Pont, a therapist at the institute. "Excessive preoccupation, sleep difficulties, poor eating habits and decreased interest in school can signal there may be a problem. Setting priorities, turning off devices and taking part in sports or socializing with friends face-to-face are just a few ways to balance video gaming and overall health."

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