A New Zealand based online program for young people with depression, anxiety and stress.
|SPARX||By University of Auckland|
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What is SPARX?
SPARX is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety or stress. It is based on a type of ‘talking therapy’ called cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
- At the start of SPARX you meet the Guide, who explains what SPARX is and how it could help you.
- You then customise your avatar and journey to the seven provinces to complete quests that restore the world's balance and defeat the pesky negative thoughts, called Gnats.
- Along the way, you will meet different characters, solve puzzles and complete mini games.
- As you complete each quest, the Guide will explain how you can use your new skills to feel better, solve problems and enjoy life in the real world. Each level takes about half an hour.
✔ Offers CBT skills including breathing and relaxation, activity scheduling, problem solving, cognitive skills, and social skills.
✘ Some skills such as activity planning and structured problem solving taught only superficially with little interactive facility to practice skills and homework tasks only loosely defined.
Privacy and security
Users have to provide their email and phone number so SPARX can contact you. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.
Date of review: August 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
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