An app to reduce the urge to self-harm.
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- collect medical information? Unknown
- require a login? No
- have password protection? No
- require internet access? No
What does the app do?
This app gives users activity ideas to help them resist the urge to self-harm. For each activity, users have the option to choose between now, at the time of urge or longer term. Users can access support from websites, reading material or motivational images.
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✔ Developed in conjunction with mental health professionals at Oxford University.
✔ Randomly recommends an activity to complete if you have the urge to self-harm. These are described as distraction tasks. The tasks are divided into now (eg, “squeeze ice really hard”) and long term (eg, “go to a blog website and write an online journal”). Some are external links such as YouTube videos (the links work).
✔ Can 'favourite' specific tasks.
✔ Contains information about self-harm and some advice but it is very limited.
✔ Large gallery of motivational, animal, landscape and other images intended to boost the user’s mood.
✘ The interface is dated and at the time of writing it hadn’t been updated for 2 years.
✘ The external links in the info section are not clickable. It also only shows you the domain name of the URLs, with the specific page (the so-called 'path') being replaced with “…” eg, “http://ww.rcpsych.ac.uk/...” This makes it difficult to find the recommended page.
✘ Most of the tools in the external links should ideally be integrated into the app.
Date of review: September 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Download size: 66 MB
Updated on: 2/06/2017
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- 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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Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP
Date of review: September 2019
Comments: This is a UK app designed to help people reduce the urge to self-harm by generating random activity ideas. This has been done better in the app Calm Harm. There is some general information and advice about self-harm but it is quite limited. There are some problems with the user interface when I tested it on Android. The UK support services list is not relevant to those in New Zealand.
New Zealand relevance: The contact section only has UK relevant links.
Safety concerns: None