My colleagues, Arienne Ferchaud (Florida State University) and Emory Daniel (Appalachian State University) sit down and chat with the gang over at the Guardians MH Podcast about parasocial interactions in streaming culture: why we develop attachments to streamers, and what happens when those attachments cross a boundary. You can check out the episode here!
Check out the awesome work that Guardians MH does for mental health in gaming, too! They're a 501(c)3 non-profit that offers mental health kits, a Discord with accessible mental health professionals and support and a real-time support bot, a mental health kit for streamers, and more! They're seriously rad. I'm a huge fan of the sensory adhesive strips that can be attached to your phone case, notebooks, etc. that came in my mental health kit!