John Hanke Encourages Pokemon Go To Help With Mental Health!

Pokemon GO Mental Health Improvement
Pokemon GO Mental Health Improvement

Trainers, John Hanke recently published a tweet on his personal account here that encourages the Use of Pokemon Go to help combat Mental Health issues.

The link he included leads to an article from the Psychology Today website and a guest post that has found in a recent study that not only can Playing Pokemon Go lead to increased “Letters and words memory” but can also reduce negative mood!


We at the Hub think that this is a fantastic idea and wanted to share a few personal accounts of how Pokemon Go has helped ourselves and our nearest and dearest over the years:

KittyPokemon’sALot – Senior Writer for GoHub

“The last few years have been fairly terrible from a personal standpoint, with far too many deaths in my family, and then the pandemic on top of all of that. It probably sounds daft, but it sometimes feels like the one consistent thing in my life is Pokemon GO. When I’ve just wanted to curl up and never leave my bed again, Pokemon GO has encouraged me to go outside, to interact with the community and my friends, and to write. Taking AR photos during the first lockdown in the UK was a way I could feel created, even when stuck inside my house for months on end. Pokemon GO has become a little comfort blanket for me, part of my lifestyle, and it’s something I know will have events and things to look forward to, even when the world makes it feel like there isn’t anything to look forward to. Whether it’s a new shiny, or a community day, or a new raid boss, it’s something that changes when life seems to be standing still.”

MeteorAsh – Junior Writer for GoHub

I started playing Pokémon Go when I was figuring out things in life and trying to chalk out a course or direction for my career. I was confused and susceptible to overthinking even though I had the support required to do whatever I want. In other words, I felt low all the time. It was 24th October 2017 when I downloaded Pokémon Go on the insistence of my fianceé (then my girlfriend). The Halloween event was up and I was immersed in catching new Pokémon from Gen 1, 2 and 3; lost in the Lavender Town theme running in the background. I finally had a new sense of excitement in my life. Seeing people playing from 2016 and having maxed out Dragonite, Lapras, Tyranitar etc pushed me to be even better. Pokémon Go requires grinding and seeing myself rise up in levels while adding new Pokémon as friends made me relive my childhood. No more was I susceptible to submit myself to the unnecessary worries of life. Each 10 km hatch, each new Pokémon on the radar and the struggle to get done with higher tier raids made me feel fulfilled and driven than ever. Thereafter, it was easy to extrapolate thia into my life.
Pokémon Go brought about a sense of purpose, passion and high spirits in my life <3

Parting Thoughts

This year hasn’t gone exactly as everyone expected. The pandemic has caused changes to almost every aspect of people’s lives and whatever your opinion on Niantic, at least they have implemented changes to our much-loved game to make it more accessible during a difficult and trying time.

It is also refreshing to know that some of the little joys we still have left can help us in ways we didn’t even realize!

It can be tough out there, Trainers. So stay safe.