SPARX 2 is now available. Download here

• Helps young people with depression
• Teaches CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques
• Aimed at 13-19 year olds
• Learn and practice real life skills in a fantasy game environment!
• Proven to work as well as standard care

What it is:
SPARX is an app that helps young people with mild to moderate depression. It can also help if you’re feeling anxious or stressed.

It was developed with the help of young people and is based on a type of ‘talking therapy’ called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT for short. You can do CBT with a counsellor or a psychologist but you can also learn CBT skills from SPARX.

CBT teaches skills about how to cope with negative thoughts and feelings by helping people to think in a more balanced and helpful way and getting them to do things they enjoy or that give them a sense of achievement. There is lots of research to show that CBT helps.
SPARX can help you learn how to have Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts!

If you are:
13-19 years old and based in New Zealand you can download this app.
Funded by Ministry of Health.

For more information visit email

What’s New

Version 1.13

- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Toriboria ,

Cool game

Hey this really cool app but one suggestion is it would be cool if it would be a touch screen like touch the screen and move it so you can see more of the game

Developer Response ,

Thank you for sharing your valuable & useful feedback. If you have other feedback or suggestions, please write to us at We would love to hear from you.

Pommki ,


On downloading this app it won’t open

kate!002 ,

Major bug

Downloaded, gave my deets and won’t even launch. As this is about mental health, it’s dangerous (Akld Uni) to not maintain this - you should decommission it.

Developer Response ,

Sorry to hear you were having problems, can you please contact us at and we will gladly help you in resolving the issue.

App Privacy

The developer, University of Auckland, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Sensitive Info
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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