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posted by martyb on Saturday November 10 2018, @11:26AM   Printer-friendly
from the leaving-the-basement dept.


Mr Brown, now 24, dropped out of college and spent the following years at home - gaming, in chat rooms and reading about politics.

He became almost entirely immersed in an online world of "echo chambers" where he felt the pull of extremism and cybercrime.

Mr Brown, from Ashton, Cornwall, says he became increasingly "eccentric" and eventually lost touch with reality.

"I can count the number of times I went out in a seven-year period on both of my hands," he says.


He finally decided to seek help and ended up taking part in the Real Ideas Organisation's (RIO) Game Changer programme, which aims to encourage young people to develop skills and overcome any issues they face before getting them into work, education or training.

7 years. Not bad. Can anyone beat that?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11 2018, @07:16AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 11 2018, @07:16AM (#760600)

    To me, the comments tend to promote the expectation that "Some people should be forced to enable other people's mental illnesses."

    Ultimately, discomfort is what drove this young man to choose another path; what if he had been faced with [economic] discomfort much earlier, before his mental state deteriorated even more? You're not doing these people any favors by just handing them a check each month and then pretending they don't exist anymore, which is the only explanation for what happened here.