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What We Do

Gaming For Mental Health is a 501c3 Nonprofit that provides peer support utilizing video games & geek culture to build community & friendships for First Responders, Healthcare workers & US Military Veterans to support them in the event of crisis or need.

Why Mental Health Matters

For Healthcare Workers During Covid-19
  • Stressed out and stretched too thin: 93% of health care workers were experiencing stress, 86% reported experiencing anxiety, 77% reported frustration, 76% reported exhaustion and burnout, and 75% said they were overwhelmed.
  • Not getting enough emotional support: 39% of healthcare workers said that they did not feel like they had adequate emotional support. Nurses were even less likely to have emotional support (45%). (MHA National)
For Fire and EMS Workers
  • Approximately 85 percent of first responders have experienced symptoms related to mental health issues.
  • Around 75 percent of rescue workers report mild symptoms of psychological trauma following a disaster.
  • According to a national survey of first responders, nearly 40 percent of respondents said there would be negative repercussions for seeking mental health help at work.
For Veterans
  • 30 percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a mental health condition requiring treatment.
  • Fewer than 50 percent of returning veterans receive mental health treatment.
  • Approximately 20 veterans die from suicide every day.


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Support Our Mission

Support Our Mission

I’ve led a life of community service in one form or another. Helping others has always been my passion. Therefore, it made sense to turn it into my mission.

Stephanie Owens, Founder of Gaming for Mental Health

We are a PsychArmor certified Veteran Ready Nonprofit Organization. This certification allows organizations like ours to showcase our commitment to more effectively engage with Veterans, service members and their families.
Checks, Money Orders and In-kind donations may be sent to:

Betties Bombers
1601 State Route 35 #33
Middletown, NJ 07748

We accept physical and digital gift cards for Steam, Xbox Live, Xbox Gold, Xbox Ultimate, PlayStation Plus, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store. We also accept digital game codes. Digital donations may be emailed to


“As one of my earliest stream supporters, we at #HFG are proud of the work Bettie and team do for our former and active military members! Get involved here!” ~ Jeff, Half Fast Gaming

Steph gave me purpose and it helped me get through my time in and the transition out. It’s an awesome organization that I am proud to be part of!” ~ NovaRift”

“Just knowing that there are people out there who care about us and who want to help is honestly an even bigger blessing. After receiving your gift, I went to your organization’s website and I was a little blown away. You decided to help my family and I, knowing very little about me other than the fact that I am a Veteran.” ~ Satisfied Client

“There aren’t words to describe the pain that you helped ease for my friends…his wife will be out of the icu tomorrow…they managed to be able to keep the baby in her so far, though she is not out of the woods…she has healthy rested support close by thanks to you recommending fisher house. they even gave him 100 dollars to eat!” – SDK