In addition to your parents, you also live with your retired grandmother and a dog.
You are suffering from depression.
You used to have a large circle of friends but have lost touch with some of them.
You have an allowance of $500 per month.
You are from a middle-income family.
In addition to your parents, you also live with your two younger siblings.
You are dyslexic.
You are in the process of being assessed for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but your official diagnosis has not come through yet.
You are relatively popular with a large circle of friends.
However, you are not well-liked by some teachers at school because they do not understand your learning needs.
You have an allowance of $300 per month.
You are from a low-income family.
You live in a rental one-room flat. In addition to your parents, who are cleaners, you live with your two grandparents and two younger siblings.
You are physically and mentally healthy, but have occasionally gone hungry in the past.
You find it hard to make friends because you are embarrassed about your situation.
You work a part-time job at a fast food restaurant and currently have $100 saved up.
You have reached the end of this exercise.
Navigating the world as a young person is a very complex task, and the details of individual people’s situations may not be immediately visible. Even the stories represented here are not representative of every struggle that someone might be facing.
So it is up to us to be mindful. Mental health is an aspect of everyday life, not just what is visible, labeled and diagnosed. We rarely have the full picture of what our fellow students, friends or family members may be going through, and should carefully consider the consequences of our actions. Just because somebody appears more resilient does not mean they are doing okay: if you are that somebody, you deserve to be heard just as much as anybody else.
If you are interested in any of these issues, read more at:
You have not completed your goals and missed an opportunity for
You can repeat this exercise by playing as the same character and
making different choices, you can also try again as a different
But before that, there are some important things to keep in mind:
Most of the scenarios required you to spend money to save time.
This may not have been possible for lower-income individuals due
to the lack of financial resources available - not because of
differences in motivation or aptitude.
Although every character is able to 'win' the game, is it fair
that this possibility is different for circumstances beyond the
Would you know if one of your friends was facing these issues, and
what could you do to help them?