An initiative to bring awareness to suicide prevention and promote positive mental health.
“Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion.” is the Stack Up mission that serves as the common thread which brings veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming.
At Stack Up, we recognize that PTSD, depression, and emotional distress affect millions of individuals and are a leading cause of isolation and suicide within our community. The Stack Up Overwatch Program (StOP) is designed to watch over our community and provide critical support through round-the-clock access to a team of trained and certified crisis management volunteers.
If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, reach out to our StOP team by typing ” @StOP Team” in The Overwatch Program chat HERE.
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24/7/365 SERVICEOur StOP Squad is trained and certified specifically to assist in crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and issues concerning the mental health of those in current or previous military duty and civilians. Through Discord, you have 24 hour a day access to passionate members of our StOP Squad who are ready to assist you with gaining mental health resources, support services, therapeutic resources, financial resources, and to be present if you simply need someone to talk to or game with. The Stack Up StOP Squad understands that transitioning from active-duty to civilian life can bring on persistent mental health issues and hardships in the life of active-duty military personnel, veterans, and civilians connected to our community. All Squad members will be HIPAA certified so you can be assured that all matters discussed are kept private and in strict confidence between you and the member you are communicating with.
WHY WE SERVEActive-duty military face extraordinary pressure in the line of duty, but after service is over another challenge begins. It is okay to want to be healthy and to seek help when you are facing troubling times, feeling a lack of purpose or will to persevere, or simply need a safe space to talk and revitalize your mental health. Our StOP Squad is a ready and acting extension of the Stack Up family, born out of the specific need to support you through any point of your journey, to provide continued support, and to connect you with resources that support your mental health needs in a positive, healing light. Join Discord or Go to Discord, and we will meet you there.
Since we talk about it so much in the gaming community, mental health is such a huge thing that is finally getting the attention that it deserves… There was such a negative emotion around it… When you talked about mental health, when you talked about needing to talk to someone, if you used the words like ‘anxiety’ or ‘depression’, there was such a negative connotation that you should just be able to ‘get over it’ and you should be ‘fine’ and it’s ‘all in your head’… We’re putting some weight behind what mental health actually means. That it is a part of your body that you need to keep healthy just like anything else.
The Overwatch Program is led by Mat Bergendahl, MS, NCC, LPC and US Veteran. In partnership with PsychArmor and the American Society of Suicidology, the StOP Team has been trained under a curriculum tailored for the specific needs and nature of circumstances that our Stack Up members face. Each member has passed an intensive scenario-based, crisis-intervention practical evaluation and is HIPAA trained and certified. Join Discord or Go to Discord, StOP Team Members are ready to assist. You must be 18+ in order to receive StOP services.
Overwatch Program Manager (StOP)
All those who are named have conducted an estimated 32 hours of training. This includes 15 online modules of specialized training with PsychArmor, 6 Oral Reviews where staff are placed into simulated scenarios, including preceptor and proctor, with increasingly difficult scenarios as they progress though towards their six reviews. Their training concludes with taking an online HIPAA course and earning their certification. StOP Staff who have completed this training have a [StOP] tag to the right of their name in chat.