A look into living with mental illnesses and the struggles that come with it.
Jillian J, Nadia P, Shona M
"Delirious Mind" is a role-playing game that puts the player in the shoes of a person who struggles with mental illness. The character within the game is a high-schooler who has trouble balancing everyday life events along with maintaining their mental health. As the player, you will experience the character’s view of their life and hardships through a story-like text. The events are based on similar experiences we, and people we know, have had when dealing with mental conflicts.
Mental illness has always been a problem. It’s sad to say that it is not getting the awareness that it needs. When people often hear about mental illness, they either make fun of it, ignore it out of ignorance, or refuse to believe that it happens in reality.
As students in Girls Who Code's Summer Immersion Program, we decided to create a game based on the controversial topic of mental illness to raise awareness through simulating somewhat realistic experiences of its effects. We have added aspects of video games, like a “victorious” result, but we are fully aware that depression and other mental illnesses cannot be cured in one day.
As a small group, we gave each other roles to complete the task faster in fabricating the game. We started with having the roles of two programmers and one designer. Over time, we connected our ideas and individual work to create the big picture we had in mind. The project ran smoothly, even though we had trouble with creating an attractive design.
Overall, we were able to fix our problems by helping each other with support and encouragement. We even limited ourselves from asking for solutions from our teachers so we could be better thinkers and problem solvers. We may still have a few bugs and typos, but we are proud of our final product.