11 Switch Games to Play During Mental Health Awareness Month

Every May you see different organizations, groups and individuals seize the opportunity to raise awareness about mental health. It is a topic that now has much more research, understanding and knowledge, while helping people to recognize related problems and get help.

The stigma surrounding mental health issues is thankfully diminishing every year with popular media also covering various aspects of the topic. Mainstream movies and TV shows are now increasingly portraying mental health, and gaming is no different. In the gaming space, this is often in the Indie or download space, but there have been some great success stories demonstrating the importance of the subject, and the eagerness of gamers to engage with titles that demonstrate creativity and emotional intelligence as well. giving of shooty-shooty-bang-bang mechanics and spectacle.

The Switch has a number of games that address different aspects of mental health, such as identity issues, self-confidence, social skills, processing and processing trauma, and more. This list picks out some exceptional games on the Nintendo system that fall into this category; some of our team can certainly agree that these games are not only great to play, but also emotional and powerful experiences.

Celeste (switch eShop)

Publisher: Matt makes gamesDeveloper: Matt makes games

Publication date: January 25, 2018 (United StatesJanuary 25, 2018 (UK / EU
GRIS (switch eShop)GRIS (switch eShop)

Publisher: Digital returnsDeveloper: Nomada Studio

Publication date: Dec 13, 2018 (United StatesDec 13, 2018 (UK / EU
Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch eShop)Sayonara Wild Hearts (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna InteractiveDeveloper: Simogo

Publication date: Sep 19, 2019 (United StatesSep 19, 2019 (UK / EU
Night in the Woods (Switch eShop)Night in the Woods (Switch eShop)

Publisher: FinjicDeveloper: Infinite Autumn

Publication date: February 1, 2018 (United StatesFebruary 1, 2018 (UK / EU
Lost Words: Beyond The Page (Switch eShop)Lost Words: Beyond The Page (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Games ModeDeveloper: Sketchbook Games

Publication date: Apr 6, 2021 (United StatesApr 6, 2021 (UK / EU

In Lost Words: Beyond the Page you play as a young girl exploring her imagination, using words and creativity in very literal ways to shape the world around you. There’s also some room to define the story, but the overall story is a huge force beyond the beautiful visuals and the soft puzzling on the platform. It’s an enjoyable gaming experience that’s also suitable for less experienced players, but it’s in our young protagonist’s journey – and the loss she has to face – that the true weight of this experience must be found.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Switch eShop)Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Switch eShop)

Publisher: Ninja theoryDeveloper: Ninja theory

Publication date: Apr 11, 2019 (United StatesApr 11, 2019 (UK / EU
Florence (switch eShop)Florence (switch eShop)

Publisher: Annapurna InteractiveDeveloper: To put away

Publication date: February 13, 2020 (United StatesFebruary 13, 2020 (UK / EU
Spiritfarer (switch eShop)Spiritfarer (switch eShop)

Publisher: Thunder Lotus gamesDeveloper: Thunder Lotus games

Publication date: Aug 18, 2020 (United StatesAug 18, 2020 (UK / EU
To the Moon (switch to eShop)To the Moon (switch to eShop)

Publisher: XD NetworkDeveloper: Freebird games

Publication date: January 16, 2020 (United StatesJanuary 16, 2020 (UK / EU
Unpacking (Switch eShop)Unpacking (Switch eShop)

Publisher: humble gamesDeveloper: witch ray

Publication date: Nov 2, 2021 (United StatesNov 2, 2021 (UK / EU
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)Disco Elysium: The Final Cut (Switch eShop)

Publisher: SA / UMDeveloper: SA / UM

Publication date: Oct 12, 2021 (United StatesOct 12, 2021 (UK / EU

These are some of our featured games that address or reference aspects of mental health; be sure to share your thoughts and suggestions for the list in the comments below – we can very well supplement this selection if we’ve missed something special.

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