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The Tragic Reason Mizkif Almost Quit Streaming

Mizkif revealed on stream that he almost gave up on streaming due to his declining mental state and the pressure he felt from his career. Mizkif has publicly struggled with his mental health in the past, even visiting a mental hospital in 2019. He revealed in a recent stream that his mental health has continued to suffer, leading him to consider quitting streaming.

"My mental health has completely and utterly gone downhill since 2018," said Mizkif. "You would think that money has solved all my problems. Money definitely makes things easier, but money does not help your mental problems."

Mizkif went on to say that in school and after graduating college that his mental state was good, but that his "brain melted" from the stress that accompanies constant streaming. Mizkif also dealt with a public break up with fellow streamer Maya in September, which could have contributed to his stress level. So, does Mizkif plan to continue streaming? He didn't say outright, but it sounds like he will be sticking around for a bit longer.

Mizkif said he once planned to quit streaming before turning 30

According to Sportskeeda, Mizkif stated during the stream (since taken down due to copyright claims) that during his lowest moments he has considered leaving streaming behind. "I said to myself, 'I don't want to do this forever.' I was planning on quitting before 30. And when I say quitting, I mean I am done."

Mizkif referred to this plan in the past tense, although he didn't come right out and say that he will continue streaming past age 30. Mizkif recently turned 27 (via TwitchBeat) so if he still plans on quitting, he has a few years of streaming left. The most likely answer here is that he isn't sure when or if he will quit, but if his mental health doesn't improve it would be understandable to retire.

Mizkif isn't the only streamer who has considered leaving streaming due to the toll it has taken on their mental health. Hasan Piker said in November that he had considered quitting as well due to the constant harassment he experiences. While streaming might seem like a dream job to some, it clearly has its downsides, such as constantly being in the public eye or having thousands of people watching you.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.