Every new encounter will help you learn how to take control with Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, and X-Factor thoughts.
Learn from wise and fearless guides, armed with real-world advice and problem solving skills, to reach your goals in and out of the game.
Play one to two levels each week, practising what you’ve learnt after each session, to become mentally and emotionally unstoppable! Who knows, you could even become a real-world guide for others.
SPARX is a tried and tested method of e-therapy, providing effective help with feelings of moderate anxiety and depression – no appointment needed.
SPARX was created with help from young people just like you, who’ve experienced similar emotions and learnt healthy ways to resolve them.
Game for good with every level by learning self-help skills to support your journey in and out of the SPARX world.
No matter your background or where you’re at in life, SPARX can help you (and those around you) achieve stronger emotional resilience.
If you are having any thoughts about hurting or killing yourself, you need to reach out and talk with someone who is trained to help right now:
0508 4 SPARX (0508 477 279)
or text 3110 for free
Call 111 if you or someone else might be unsafe right now.
It’s better that you complete one or two SPARX levels a week, rather than doing it all at once. You can then practise the skills in real life with a parent or trusted friend before moving onto the next. Each level takes about half an hour.
Even if you start to feel better, finishing all of the levels will have the greatest impact.
We wish there was a magic answer to stop people feeling low. Unfortunately, we can’t do that. However, there are some simple things that you can do to improve your mood and health.
Keep yourself busy
Getting on with chores, having some fun, starting a course, or getting a job can help pull your mind out of negative spirals.
Build up your skills
It doesn’t matter what it is—music, work, or a hobby—focus on something productive to stay focused on the positive.
Get your body moving
Endorphins are a natural antidepressant, so make sure you’re building up a sweat for half an hour or more, three times a week, to activate those ‘feel good’ chemicals.
You won’t always feel like it, but try to connect with family, whānau, or anyone who believes in you as much as possible. This could also include connecting with your own culture or church.
Break it down
One by one and bit by bit, solve problems that are getting you down. Deal with one problem at a time and get someone to help if it’s hard.
Keep life in balance
Make an effort to take time for the things you love; to have some fun; to get enough sleep, and to be kind to others. Avoid triggers like drugs and alcohol.
Ask for help
This can be the scariest part but there are loads of people who are able and willing to help you. Talking with someone like a counsellor, a teacher, a friend, a GP, or a youth worker can be a small first step with powerful results.
Counselling or therapy can really help. Speak to a counsellor, doctor, youth worker, or call a free helpline or look up a good website like The Lowdown.
Seek medical advice
For some people, taking medication such as antidepressants can change everything. Talk with a doctor if you would like to know more.
Usually when we say that someone ‘has depression’ it means they’ve been feeling down, isolated, or haven’t been able to enjoy the things they used to enjoy. It’s something that takes time to evolve, and isn’t simply because they’re sick or something upsetting has just happened.
Depression will affect someone all day, every day, and will more than likely get in the way of their normal school, family, or working life.
Some people feel the effects of depression a lot, others just a little bit; these feelings include overwhelming or inexplicable worry, stress, anger, or numbness. Sometimes there’s no real reason, or people don’t know why they are feeling down, sad, or depressed – they just are.
If you’re feeling like you might be depressed, you’re not alone. 1 in 5 NZ youth experience these same feelings and there are many ways to get through it. Start by talking to an adult you trust or school counsellor; see a healthcare professional, or try SPARX!