An app to reduce the urge to self-harm.
|Calm Harm||By stem4|
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What does the app do?
This app comprises a number of activities that help users to resist and manage the urge to self-harm. For each activity, users can choose a 5-minute rule activity or a 15-minute rule activity. Users can hide activities that they don't find helpful. Example of activities include the following:
- Comfort has more than 30 activities that are meant to offer comfort such as stroking a pet, looking at a book that has pictures or wording you love, giving yourself a hug or gently rocking your body, etc.
- Distract has more than 50 activities that are intended to distract the user, such as how many singers can you name, say the 19 times table, collect images that make you happy, etc.
- Express yourself has suggestions of ways you can express yourself, such as saying out loud what's bothering you, keeping a diary of your thoughts and feelings, engaging in a spiritual activity, etc.
- Release provides safe alternatives to self-harm, such as squeezing a rubber ball very hard, having a temper tantrum somewhere private, singing something really loudly.
- Breathe is a breathing technique to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms.
- Random is a random scramble of the activities above.
✔ Developed in consultation with a clinical psychologist using principles of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), a therapy commonly used to help with self-harm.
✘ Password protection is a double-edged sword. There are multiple reviews from users who have forgotten their passwords and are locked out (requiring re-installation). This could be more common in periods of crisis. However, password protection is optional.
Date of review: September 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 5.2 MB
Updated on: 20 December 2018
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
- Vieira AM, Lewis SP. Mobile apps for self-injury: a content analysis. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2018 May;21(5):333-337.
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