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Take This Brings Hope to PAX East
Take This and Wyrmwood Have Partnered On A Project For This Year’s PAX East

April 19, 2016​ (Raleigh, North Carolina) – Take This returns to PAX East with a symbol of hope to share with all. Wyrmwood, creators of beautiful hardwood deck boxes; dice vaults; and other tabletop gaming accessories, have joined forces with Take This to create the first edition “Box of Hope”, including the unique H​ope Shield​ and information and advice from Take This. Made exclusively for Take This, this token of kindness that can be carried with you as a remembrance for those no longer with us, or as a reminder to take the time you need to care for yourself. The Box of Hope can be purchased at the Take This booth in the Diversity Hub and Lounge, Room 151AB, and at the Wyrmwood booth, C1106 in Tabletop. Please remember to take time for yourself during PAX East and stop into the AFK Room, Room 251, on Friday and Saturday 11am­-7pm and on Sunday 12pm-6pm.

The Box of Hope project started when Eric Dupuis, Co­-Owner of Wyrmwood, reached out to Russ Pitts, Co­-Founder of Take This a few months ago. Eric has been moved by the work Take This does and he wanted to find a way to support Take This with a physical item that people could keep on themselves as a reminder to have hope and/or share with others. Eric shares, “I reached out to Russ after a tragic loss in my gaming community this past Christmas. I wanted to increase our support for Take This, because one of the most important decisions anyone can make is to face their mental health struggles with support.

As a child, I witnessed first hand how these struggles affect everyone in a home, not just the sufferer. From my immediate and extended family, I witnessed two paths – how things can get better with support and how the cycle of suffering continues when action is not taken.

Take This does the very important work of giving people a safe space to share what is happening in their lives. They’ve made it okay to say, “right now I am not okay and I need help.”

Too many lives go by silently suffering and it is because of groups like Take This that hope can be shared. This is why we wanted to create something unique that supports their work.”

The Box of Hope can be purchased for $20 with all proceeds going to Take This’ continued work to reduce the stigma of mental health issues. One in 100 boxes have been created with a special inlay (see photos). Pitts shared his thoughts on how to use the Box of Hope, “Too often we see people who are suffering, or people we know in our daily lives who could use a measure of support, and we just don’t know how to start that conversation. The Box of Hope can be a conversation starter. And a concrete gesture of love and support. I’ve been carrying one of the Hope Shield prototypes for weeks, and just the physical presence of it reminds me that I’m not alone, and that there’s hope in the dark times. We hope it can do the same for many others.”

To learn more about Take This visit: www.takethis.org 
To learn more about Wyrmwood visit: https://wyrmwoodgaming.com

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About Take This
Take This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded in 2013 by veteran journalists Russ Pitts and Susan Arendt and clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Kline, Psy.D. in response to the tragic suicide of a colleague. TakeThis, Inc. seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. We do not provide mental health services or professional consultations. For information on when to seek dedicated clinical help and how to find it, please visit “W​hen to Seek Help”​. If you or someone you know is in crisis and in need of immediate intervention, please visit the​ N​ational Suicide Prevention Lifeline​ o​r call 1-800-273-8255.

Take This helps those who suffer by letting them know that they are not alone and providing information on treatment options and how to find help. Take This provides friends, family and coworkers of those suffering from emotional distress with options for intervention and education about mental wellness. Take This educates greater institutions about effective methods of helping employees who suffer from emotional issues in order to promote healthier and more productive work environments.

About Wyrmwood
Wyrmwood handcrafts gaming accessories out of the premium hardwoods. Everything they make is backed by their Craftsman's Promise, a 100% satisfaction guarantee, for life. From role playing games, to board games, to card games, Wyrmwood can take all your gaming experiences to the next level. You can find their offerings at w​ww.WyrmwoodGaming.com.​ 
The above images are of the Box of Hope containing the Take This and Wyrmwood Hope Shield. The top image is of the special inlay Hope Shields, 1 in 100 boxes contain these.
The above pearl inlay Hope Shield and a special Deck Box will be raffled at the Take This table in Room 151AB. Visit there for more information.
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