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 Alok Kanojia, discusses issues like online harassment, depression and self-criticism with popular gaming guest stars.
 Kanojia runs Healthy Gamer, a company they founded in October, which pays and trains a network of video game coaches, largely through funds raised on Twitch. Kanojia emphasizes that his livestreams are no substitute for therapy and that viewers who need help should seek counseling from a therapist. Rather, his aim is to spread positivity.  Kanojia became so engrossed in gaming in college, that he struggled with addiction and was almost going to drop out. His father suggested that he visit an ashram in India, a religious retreat, to clear his mind.  His teachers in India advised him to finish his degree rather than join the monastery, which he had been considering.  Kanojia continued to game online throughout his studies. In his interactions with other gamers he saw that some could use counseling, too, describing traditional mental health experts as frequently unfamiliar with gaming culture.  His company was born from the belief that the mental health field needs more coaches.
, especially those who work on issues such as procrastination.