Technology Matters: SPARX - computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for adolescent depression in a game format


SPARX is a free game-like self-help resource that has helped reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in New Zealand youth. Studies over the last five years have shown SPARX to be acceptable and effective among LGBTQI and culturally diverse youth. Internationally, there is a Japanese version of SPARX and a version of SPARX that was recently found to be effective in preventing depression in Australian youth. Associate Professor Theresa Fleming says that “SPARX has good evidence of efficacy”, but to keep a good thing going, SPARX needs to continue to adapt and change to meet the evolving digital expectations of youth today. We agree, so stay tuned for SPARX 2.0 coming soon!

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