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Teen mental health information evening for families

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Teen mental health information evening for families
by Bernadette Shaw - Wednesday, 2 July 2014, 9:01 AM


It’s not unusual for teenagers to get stuck feeling down.  But often families don’t know where to start to help their young people through these difficult times.

To address this issue, an information evening is being held to advise Canterbury families, parents, caregivers and anyone working with young people on how to support teenagers with feelings of depression and anxiety. 

At the event, youth health experts will give an overview of the options available to families to support the mental wellbeing of their teens.

They will also introduce and demonstrate SPARX – a world-first online e-therapy tool launched in April as part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

SPARX combines computer gaming technology with therapy strategies to help teenagers learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed. 

SPARX was designed and tested by the University of Auckland especially for young New Zealanders and was found to be as effective as other treatment options.

The free information evening will take place on Wednesday, 9 July 2014 in the Oaks Room at the Christchurch Netball Centre, 455 Hagley Avenue, from 7.30 to 9 pm.

Speaking at the event are:

-       Dr Theresa (Terry) Fleming, co-creator of SPARX and senior lecturer at the University of Auckland; and

-       Dr Sue Bagshaw, director of the Collaborative Trust for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development.

Drs Fleming and Bagshaw will also share how uptake of SPARX in the Canterbury region has been among the highest to date, and how SPARX has helped to ease pressure on some youth mental health services across Canterbury

Entry to the event is free and no registration is needed. However, RSVPs are appreciated – to do so email support@sparx.org.nz

For more information on SPARX visit: www.sparx.org.nz or watch this short video: