Guild Leader Episode # 52
Depression in the Guild
I always get questions and I try to answer as many as I can, but today I figured this would be well worth topic to write about. The question that was posed to me was, what was one of the harder thing to overcome as a guild leader?
When you in an online game environment, sometimes it’s hard to get the true feeling of all of your guild mates and to be aware of any illnesses or other factors that might an effect on these people.
Luckily I haven’t had too much of these issues in any of the guilds that I belonged to or had ran, but there is always a possibility. I don’t plan on doing a clinical study here, this just more of a letting everyone this is out there and maybe something you might run it to on your travels in game.
Before I get on to the topic what I have run into is a lot of people that are lonely and they need someone to talk to more than anything. I always try to make myself available to my guild mates if need something to talk about or just want to shoot the breeze. Part of being a good guild leader is to be a good listener.
I have heard stories from other guild leaders that they have had to deal with member that were borderline suicidal because of a bout of depression. This was quite a few years ago and they had no idea on how to handle this at all. So they just called the police and told them of the situation and eventually they were able to take down the player and get them some help with assistance from the game company.
I do not have all the answer on this problem, but by doing a quick Google search I found, a diagnosis for depression, numbers to suicide prevention and counseling hotlines. I will add these to some notes that I keep for guild use if I ever need to in the future.
Some people get embarrassed because there different or think different, to me that is a strength that you could have all these people working together as guild mates.
The good news is if people that play these games have someone to interact with and that is always good. When you become a member of a guild your part of the family and that should always be the case. If a member needs help then you should always or someone on your staff that is trustworthy should be available to help these members in need.
According to doctors there is no link to depression and playing video games, but it is better to be prepared and understand a little more of what the person is going through.
Being a guild leader is a great experience being a great guild leader take learning and wearing more hats than the average guild leader.
Guild Leader is a weekly series by Beer and Joysticks .com and written by Chris Gillis covering all aspects of being a better guild leader. If you have any questions or comments we welcome them below this article.