Are you a fan of 90’s-style video games? Well, do we have a Mental Health Month activity for you. And for free! 

In 2021, the MHCSA are delighted to support artists Joshua Kernich and Hartstone-Kitney Productions in bringing The Thought That Counts to life in City Library this October.


Immersed in a retro arcade theatre, your team follows the interactive adventure of a hero caught up in their own thoughts. Players are dropped into a beautiful, brightly coloured landscape. The game begins by pressing a physical arcade-style button. Through live negotiations with your team, you must decide on the thoughts, rather than actions, of the hero. 

Created by Joshua Kernich during the long Melbourne lockdown of winter 2020, and designed and installed by Tom Kitney initially for the 2021 Adelaide Fringe, and now for Mental Health Month at the Adelaide City Library, this interactive experience gently walks audiences into the  trap of anxious and self-destructive thought patterns. As you journey, you may discover that it really is the thought  that counts…

DURATION: 10 Minutes
WARNINGS: References to Mental Health and Suicide

This is a free event accessible to anyone visiting the library in October. For information about the venue and accessibility click here.

Photo credit to Hartstone-Kitney Productions