NZ: Fantasy game therapy for teens’ depression

Stuff:  “…A fantasy game developed in Auckland is being considered for Health Ministry funding. Michelle Duff reports.  A 3-D fantasy game that helps teens treat their own depression is one of a growing number of “e-therapies” thought to be as effective as face-to-face treatment.  The computer game Sparx is in contention for $2.7 million in Government funding as part of Prime Minister John Key’s Youth Mental Health project, set for nationwide rollout later this year.  A clinical trial of the self-help computer game, developed by a team at Auckland University, found the online therapy could be more effective than traditional treatment for teenagers with depression.

 

It is one of several e-therapies now in development, with the Health Ministry currently deciding which tool to fund…”  Read more