Explore what it feels like to have depression.

Angela S, Rowan W, Koko S

"Trapped Within" is a text-adventure game that explores a house. It is an allegory to explain depression and what it feels like to have poor mental health. This game was created to spread awareness about depression and the feelings that come with it. We also created a website that holds information about not only our game, but also hotlines to call when in need and statistics about mental health.

Despite the fact that suicide is the second highest leading cause of death for those aged 15-34, and 1 in 5 American adults have depression, there is barely any push to help those with poor mental health. In fact, 76% of those with depression have no way to get help, and to this day, many believe depression to be a "choice" or don't fully understand what it feels like. There is little push for mental health awareness, and no one is taking drastic measures to help people in need.

We are addressing this issue by creating a game that explains what it may feel like to be depressed, and how it can not only feel hopeless, but how you can't always control yourself or your emotions. We also created a website that gives more information and statistics, and in both the game and the website, we inserted hotlines to call in case the user needs to talk to someone. This way, those who don't have depression can experience what it is and understand it better, and those with depression have a way to get help.

We never faced any major problems, but rather just simple errors, such as missing "or's" or misplaced words. We overcame this by taking time to go through the code and making sure there were no visible errors. We also read every sentence printed out to fix grammar errors.

Angela, Rowan, and Koko all participated in Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program to learn more about the world of programming. They all plan to major in something related to Computer Science in college, and strive to go to academically rigorous schools. Angela and Rowan are rising high school juniors, while Koko is a rising senior.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Cadence BAY.