An important and beautiful PSA from Dark Souls

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 02:48 GMT

Dark Souls has something very important to say to you.

The glorious Dark Souls series means more than frustration, challenge and triumph; it’a beautiful metaphor for life. For many players, the series is inherently tied up with struggles in their personal life and mental health.

A beautiful message from the game – delivered by eloquent YouTuber Fork – is something I’d like all of you to hear.

A huge thank you to Redditor cheezeebred for sharing this today.

The Dark Souls series was very important to former VG247 deputy editor Dave Cook, whose wonderful Dark Souls 2 journals are still popular today; he even got a tattoo to memorialise a personal triumph in the first game.

For similar reasons, I’m planning on an image of Black Phantom Satsuki from Demon’s Souls in my left sleeve; that eventual victory was a formative learning experience for me that helped me break out of a cage of social anxiety and self-doubt, which eventually led to me getting this very job. Thanks, From Software; I owe you more than a few beers.

We’d love to hear your own stories of how the loose franchise has been important to you – and also to encourage you to seek help if you are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, grief or any other form of mental health pressure. Make an appointment with your GP; ask a friend for help; take a day of sick leave; research self-care online; find a good therapist. Pick up your shield. Pick up your sword. Don’t you dare go hollow.

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