SPARX is a computerised self-help program designed for 12-19 year olds. It was tested with 187 youths from around New Zealand.
Our research found that SPARX helped teenagers who were feeling down, depressed or anxious.
Most young people who started the programme finished it and in general most found SPARX to be very helpful. Your child can use SPARX as well as getting other types of help.
If your child might be unsafe or suicidal, get help now. We welcome you to try out SPARX and see what it is all about.
Kia ora. SPARX is a computerised self-help program proven to be of benefit for rangatahi aged 12-19.
Our research found that SPARX helped rangatahi who were feeling down, depressed or anxious to feel better. SPARX is unique as it incorporates a fantasy setting with the use of Māori graphics.
Rangatahi are also able to customise their playing character with Māori designs. Rangatahi reported that they found SPARX to be very helpful, and they learnt self-help skills in order to feel better.
Your child can use SPARX as well as getting other types of help. If your child might be unsafe or suicidal, get help now. We welcome you to try out SPARX and see what it is all about.
Would SPARX help my friend/family member?
SPARX is for young people aged 12-19 who want help with feeling depressed, down, worried or stressed. Older and younger people who have used it have said it was helpful, but this has not been researched.
If the person is not safe in their family or, is feeling suicidal, is behaving in a very odd or bizarre way or has a lot of major problems then seek professional advice. A GP or family doctor is a great place to start. Check out where to get help.
Someone I know is using SPARX. How can I support them?
There are lots of ways to help someone using SPARX. It’s really important that they know you want to help them, and you’re willing to support them. Ask them what support they would like. You could offer to:
Sign Up for SPARX yourself so you can try it out and see how it works; Play SPARX alongside the person;
- Help them practise skills from SPARX;
- Chat with them about issues that are bothering them;
- Help them do some fun or positive things each day;
- Help them talk to a doctor, school health nurse or counsellor.
If you are worried that someone who is using SPARX is not getting better - Get Help Now. SPARX is not a crisis intervention and it’s not enough if someone is suicidal.
If the person you are concerned about is having any thoughts about hurting or killing themself, they need to reach out and talk with someone who is trained to help right now:
Free phone 0508 4 SPARX (0508 477 279) / free text to 3110
Call 111 if you or someone else might be unsafe right now.