Playing board games can do wonders for your mental health. This isn’t something that you’ve likely given much thought to. I certainly hadn’t when I found myself a college dropout at the age of 17. I suffered from anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue. This left me sleeping 20+ hours a day, feeling extremely low and depressed and doing nothing but watch TV and YouTube in my room. I lost contact with all my friends, struggled to communicate with my parents and felt extremely lonely. Months passed by as if they were days, and with the blink of an eye, a whole year had passed.
I then started playing board games with my mum on a Sunday. It became the highlight of my week, and I slowly started interacting with my parents more and playing games increased to multiple times a week. Intrigued by the noticeable difference in my mood, I did some research and discovered that there was lots of evidence that playing board games can help improve your mental health and many people had benefited in the same way I had.
This is when the idea for Mikko Games was born. I knew that I wasn’t alone in suffering from mental health problems - 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England. I wanted to share my story and raise awareness about the multiple mental health benefits of playing games to inspire more people to play board games and improve their own well-being.
The games we sell have to be easy to learn and fun to play, not leaving anyone out and definitely not boring! Our primary focus is to bring people together in a way that takes the pressure out of socialising so that even on your darkest day it’s easy to find some light and laughter.
Mikko Games values touch every aspect of our company. From our giving model to our sustainable delivery service and drive on mental health awareness, we see our business as a vehicle to make an impact.
As a business with mental health at its forefront, we decided to put 2.5% of all profit toward Mental Health charities every month.