Calm Harm is an app designed to help young people manage the urge to self-harm. The clinician-developed app provides tasks that help resist or manage urges to self-harm and uses ideas from an evidence-based theory called DBT. The app gets young people to start to manage impulsiveness and to explore underlying trigger factors and was refined using feedback from a pilot study of young people who self-harm. Calm Harm provides four categories of tasks that target the main reasons for why people self-harm. Distract helps to combat the urge by learning self-control; Comfort helps to care rather than harm; Express gets those feelings out in a different way and Release provides safe alternatives to self-injury. Calm Harm allows users to add their own tasks track progress is private and password-protected.
“Something that is not available on the market elsewhere”
“The fact that it is adaptable to the user to help when needed is a great aspect tailoring the needs of the user”
“Could be used for more than those who self harm, but those who suffer from panic attacks etc.”