11 Switching Game to Play During Mental Health Awareness Month

Each May, you’ll see various organizations, groups and individuals take the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health. It is a topic that is now receiving much more research, understanding, and knowledge, helping people recognize and seek help for related issues.

The stigma around mental health issues is thankfully decreasing every year, with popular media also covering different aspects of the subject. Mainstream movies and TV shows now increasingly portray mental health, and gambling is no different. In the gaming space, it’s often in the indie or download space, but there have been some major success stories that show the importance of the subject and the eagerness of gamers to engage with titles that make demonstration of creativity and emotional intelligence alongside shooty-shooty-bang-bang mechanics and spectacle.

The Switch has a number of games that tackle different aspects of mental health, such as identity issues, self-confidence, social skills, trauma processing and management, and more. This list selects outstanding games on Nintendo’s console that fall into this category; a number of our team members can certainly relate that these games are not only great to play, but also emotional and powerful experiences.

Celestial (Switch eShop)Celestial (Switch eShop)

Editor: Matt makes games / Developer: Matt makes games

Release date: January 25, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / January 25, 2018 (UK/EU)
GRAY (Change online store)GRAY (Change online store)

Editor: Digital devolve / Developer: Nomad Studio

Release date: December 13, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / December 13, 2018 (UK/EU)
Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch eShop)Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch eShop)

Editor: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: Simogo

Release date: September 19, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / September 19, 2019 (UK/EU)
Night in the Woods (Switch eShop)Night in the Woods (Switch eShop)

Editor: Finji / Developer: infinite fall

Release date: February 1, 2018 (UNITED STATES) / February 1, 2018 (UK/EU)
Lost Words: Beyond the Page (Switch eShop)Lost Words: Beyond the Page (Switch eShop)

Editor: Mod Games / Developer: sketchbook games

Release date: April 6, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / April 6, 2021 (UK/EU)

In Lost Words: Beyond the Page you play as a young girl exploring her imagination, using words and creativity in very literal ways to shape the world around you. There’s also some leeway in determining the story, but the overall narrative is a huge strength beyond the beautiful visuals and the sweet, confusing platforming. It’s an enjoyable gaming experience that also suits less experienced players, but it’s in the journey of our young protagonist – and the loss she has to deal with – that the true weight of this experience lies.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Switch eShop)Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Switch eShop)

Editor: ninja theory / Developer: ninja theory

Release date: April 11, 2019 (UNITED STATES) / April 11, 2019 (UK/EU)
Florence (Switch eShop)Florence (Switch eShop)

Editor: Annapurna Interactive / Developer: mountains

Release date: February 13, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / February 13, 2020 (UK/EU)
Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)Spiritfarer (Switch eShop)

Editor: Thunder Lotus Games / Developer: Thunder Lotus Games

Release date: August 18, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / August 18, 2020 (UK/EU)
To the Moon (Switch eShop)To the Moon (Switch eShop)

Editor: XD Network / Developer: Freebird Games

Release date: January 16, 2020 (UNITED STATES) / January 16, 2020 (UK/EU)
Unboxing (Switch eShop)Unboxing (Switch eShop)

Editor: Humble Games / Developer: witch ray

Release date: November 2, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / November 2, 2021 (UK/EU)
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Editor: ZA/UM / Developer: ZA/UM

Release date: October 12, 2021 (UNITED STATES) / October 12, 2021 (UK/EU)

Here are some of our recommended games that address or reference aspects of mental health; be sure to share your thoughts and suggestions for the list in the comments below – we might just add to this selection if we missed something special.

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