How Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is still a great tool for explaining mental health

Credit to Ninja Theory (hellblade.com)

The furies aren’t your friends, are they?

You’re introduced to auditory hallucinations first, or rather, the “furies” that speak to her throughout the game. If you’re not used to hearing voices that aren’t your own, they’re actually nice at first. They tell you when an enemy is sneaking up behind you and they care if you fall in battle.

Things aren’t always what they seem to be.

Credit to Ninja Theory (hellblade.com)

Anxiety, guilt, shame.

The game at the beginning warns that it deals with mental health and may not be suitable for everyone. If you start to play this game and experience negative emotions or reactions to the concepts, Ninja Theory also has a website where you can go to get help. I took that with a grain of salt but while playing this game, it did have moments where I was feeling very real symptoms of panic.

Does the game do more harm than good in making mental health issues known?

I didn’t love this game because of the game mechanics, I loved it because of the story it was telling and how it was fleshing out how psychosis can feel to certain people. Having any kind of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia isn’t as cut and dry as the media usually portrays it.

Austin,Texas sober girl. Lover of horror movies, cats, and fitness. Occasional bad poet.

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