When it comes to the battle for veteran mental health, innovative solutions are necessary. That’s where "With Them: Frontlines" comes in. This new game, set to launch in November of 2023, aims to raise awareness about veteran suicide and promote a more informed conversation between healthcare providers and patients. Developed by ORE System in Austin, Texas, USA, this game utilizes real experiences from military veterans to create a unique gaming experience that’s both educational and entertaining.
=== Introducing ‘With Them: Frontlines’: A Game to Fight Veteran Suicide
"With Them: Frontlines" is a first-person shooter game that features real military veterans as playable characters. The game is designed to remove the stigma around sharing experiences and stories in a multiplayer setting, while also creating an immersive gameplay environment. By showcasing the stories of veterans who have shared their experiences, the game aims to encourage others to do the same, promoting a more informed conversation between healthcare providers and patients.
The single-player campaign of "With Them: Frontlines" provides a first-person experience of what real military veterans experienced in their own words. This immersive game environment combines audio, video, and gameplay elements to recreate the events for the player. In addition, the game features a playable mini-documentary that allows the player to "be there" and understand what each featured veteran experienced.
With integrated monetization, "With Them: Frontlines" supports the further development and support of veteran charities. The game’s creators hope that this gameplay experience will help to reduce the high suicide rate among veterans of the video game generation.
=== Using Technology to Raise Awareness and Improve Veteran Mental Health
Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the battle for veteran mental health. "With Them: Frontlines" is utilizing this to their advantage by creating an application that connects to wearables and smartphones to collect data to share with healthcare providers. This facilitates a more direct conversation between patients and providers, allowing for more personalized and effective care.
The game’s developers hope that this information can be used as part of the initial screening process to establish baselines for treated patients and evaluated throughout applied therapeutics to gauge the response to other therapies. The app also provides a way for players to track their own progress and see how their gameplay experience is improving their mental health.
Ultimately, "With Them: Frontlines" is an innovative solution to combat veteran suicide. By raising awareness, promoting conversation, and utilizing technology, this game is helping to create a better future for our veterans.
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