Ministry Of Health’s ‘SPARX’ Pledge Project

About 1 in 7 young people in New Zealand will experience a major depressive disorder and 1 in 5 will experience a serious mood disorder before the age of 24.

To help make a difference this Change Day, Geneva Healthcare’s Training Team have been busy promoting the Ministry of Health’s SPARX programme.

SPARX is a self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety. It uses a custom-made soundtrack and a 3D fantasy game environment to teach the skills to manage symptoms of depression (e.g. problem solving, activity scheduling, dealing with negative thoughts, and relaxation).

SPARX was developed by a team of researchers from the University of Auckland, and has been made available for free online through the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

Geneva’s Training Team helped to raise awareness for the Sparx programme by distributing flyers to colleagues, and through the Geneva Health Institute of Learning platform which provides online training for Geneva’s staff.

Change Day is about doing something, no matter how big or small, to improve the healthcare experience for every Kiwi. Help us spread the word by sharing our stories on social media and using our #ChangeDayNZ hashtag:

Need Help Now?

If you or someone you know is thinking of hurting or killing themselves or is feeling suicidal you need to reach out and talk to someone who’s trained to help right now.

Free phone: 0508 4 SPARX (0508 477 279)

Free text: 3110

Call 111 if you or someone else might be unsafe right now.

If you are safe there are many others who might help too:

  • your parents or care givers,
  • a health service (family doctor/GP, youth health service, school health service),
  • a counselor, a therapist, free phone 0508 4 SPARX (0508 477 279) or free text 3110

If you are unsure about safety, please do reach out now.


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