Take This was recently proud to announce that a special room will be introduced for the first time a PAX Australia 2015. This room, known as the “Away from the Keyboard”, or AFK, Room, is a quiet space for people looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of PAX.
The AFK Room will be staffed with volunteers and clinicians who are able to answer any questions and offer support for those who need time away from the busy show floor.
For those unaware, the AFK Rooms were introduced in PAX East back in 2014. These special rooms, a joint initiative between PAX and the US based, non-profit organization Take This, have accommodated up to 500 people every day, and have quickly become a permanent feature in all US PAX shows. PAX Australia is excited to replicate the success of these rooms.
Take This Executive Director, Russ Pitts, explains “We are thrilled to bring the AFK Room and Take This’s message of healing and hope for those dealing with mental health issues to PAX Australia. Over the past year, as attendees of US-based PAX events and other shows have become more aware of the mental health issues in our community, we’ve seen a growing demand for spaces like the AFK Room and education and awareness like Take This provides. To be working with PAX to ensure that the Enforcers and attendees at PAX Aus have support for dealing with these issues is a wonderful privilege.”
“After seeing the benefits at PAX East 2014,” Penny Arcade President Robert Khoo adds, “it’s always been Russ and my goal to get AFK rooms to not only all PAXes but to all gaming events across the globe. Take This is an organization that helps gamers, period.”
Here’s a featurette explaining about Take This, the AFK Room, and PAX: