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IT'S THE HOTLINE'S BIRTHDAY!

Hi Friend,

This month, as we celebrate our second year, we’re sharing tips and resources we’ve gleaned from two years of Games and Online Harassment Hotline operation!

This week: how to offer emotional support to someone in your own life.

How do we hold space for an emotionally supportive conversation on the Hotline? How might you offer the same to people in your life? Read on for strategies to get started.
OPENING THE CONVERSATION

We always open the conversation by asking them about what’s going on, letting them set the tone of the space. Here are some examples of really open-ended invitations:
  • "I know you have been dealing with (blank); would you want to talk about how that’s been for you lately?”

  • “You seem a little more frazzled than usual. I care about you. What’s been going on?”

  • “That actually sounds really hard. I’m here for you if you want to talk more about that, even if it’s heavy.”
The goal is to center the person receiving support and let them feel like it’s okay for this space to be all about them and their feelings.
Read the rest of our tips on holding supportive conversations.
It doesn’t matter that you do it perfectly. It matters that you do it.

Holding the door open for support is more important than saying all the right things.

When we lay compassion out for each other, we allow ourselves to feel connected. And it’s through connection that we are all given the chance to feel hope and peace in the long run.

YOU MAKE RESOURCES LIKE THESE POSSIBLE!
The Games and Online Harassment Hotline provides free, text message-based, confidential emotional support to anyone who needs it from people who understand abuse and harassment in games.

Supporters like you make the Hotline possible. Donate today and help us expand our reach!
DONATE TODAY!
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STREAMING THIS MONTH
Thank you to our amazing community of streamers who are showing up for the Hotline this month. Check them out!
  • August 11 @ 9 AM - 2 PM PT: Whitethorn Games - join our friends at Whitehorn for some APCIO gameplay + a Q&A with the developer and live music. Our Hotline Coordinator, Carl will make a guest appearance as well. Thank you to Whitethorn for matching all donations during their stream up to $1K!!
  • August 11 @ 4:30 - 5:30 PM PT: Mxiety - our very own Hotline Director Jae will join Mxiety to chat about all things Hotline as we celebrate our 2nd year!
  • August 12 & 19 @ 4 PM PT: SweetNShady get a lil sweet n shady as Kat streams competitive Overwatch!
  • August 18 @ 4:30 PM PT: CosPilates - Mermaids, Seals, and Swimming are not just for summer, but for Pilates too! Join Sarah for an open level Pilates mat class inspired by the infamous TV trope, the Beach Episode! 
  • August 19 @ 5 - 8 PM PT: that_deangelo streams on LatinXinGames - tune in for Vampire: The Masquerade and influence the game with your donations to the Hotline!
  • August 26 @5 PM PT: Prince_Harming - one of our very favorite drag king streamers!

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