A Guild Statement Regarding Suicide and Violence in Our Community

Today’s news has rocked the board game community as a whole. Our industry is a tight-knit one, based on a shared love of a hobby that fosters friendships and communication across so many of life’s barriers. As such, it is a terrible and gut-wrenching moment when one of our own is lost to violence and suicide.

We recognize that the past year has put an unimaginable amount of stress on everyone. That does not excuse events such as these but instead puts them in context and reminds us that we need to be proactive about supporting our friends and families through this troubling time. We ask that you show sensitivity to those close to the victims of this tragedy and to those that are sensitive to the subject at hand. If you choose to report on this event please refer to the best practices as provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline located at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/media-resources/

We encourage anyone who is struggling with thoughts of self harm or the harm of others to reach out for support. If you do not feel safe reaching out to friends or family you can still find help. Below you can find free, confidential hotlines with staff that can assist you and are available 24/7:

  • The Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak with a trained listener, text HELLO to 741741.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.

 

Sincerely,

-The Tabletop Writers Guild Board