3 May 2012  – The University of Auckland has a developed a 3D fantasy game that teaches young people with mental health issues the skills they need to boost their confidence.

Players can choose an avatar which they must guide through seven “provinces” related to problems they may come across while experiencing mental health issues, reports Springwise.

“For instance, the Volcano Province contains tasks which can help teens deal with disruptive emotions, while on another level users have to fight GNATS (Gloomy Negative Automatic Thoughts).”

The game is called “SPARX, which stands for Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts and has already been tested among 187 young people with varying symptoms of depression, with the results appearing in the British Medical Journal.

“According to PsychCentral, one group was given typical treatment while the other played the game. Both groups experienced an average reduced anxiety of around one-third and remission rates were actually higher in the group given the game.

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