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SPARX – The Video Game For Depression – Is On The Way [VIDEO]

SPARXLast year we had a look at SPARX, a video game designed to help treat depression and anxiety in teenage kids, that was proven in a clinical trial by researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. The study showed that the 3D animated fantasy game was more effective than face-to-face therapy. Now the game has taken a big step forward by becoming the flagship product of LinkedWellness, a Baltimore-based healthcare startup intent on bringing e-therapies to market. LinkedWellness has exclusively licensed SPARX for use in the USA and Canada.

According to Hamish McKenzie,

Sparx will launch in a couple of months as a cross-platform game built on the Unity 3D gaming engine. Users will be able to play the game online at any time in a Web browser. To do so, they’ll pay a monthly subscription of somewhere between $20 and $30. (Source)

If you are interested in the game and want to know when it comes available you can join the email list at LinkedWellness.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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