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SPARX Video Game Helps Teens Battle Depression | Psych Central News

“Shooting down negative thoughts!” We could all use help with that. Does anyone have experience with this game? How wonderful that it seems to help….

“Around 80 percent of young people with depression never get treatment,” said Merry. “When you do the calculations of how many therapists you need to meet that need, it’s enormous.”

Merry believes that a video game like SPARX, which doesn’t require supervision, could help fill treatment gaps, especially in underserved areas. It’s also a private way for kids to get help when they may not want to talk to an adult. Merry is working with the University of Auckland to make SPARX more widely available.

The study is published in the journal BMJ.

via SPARX Video Game Helps Teens Battle Depression | Psych Central News.

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