HT&Y The Challenge Award Shortlist: Harm Calm

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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.

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Judges Comments:

“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.”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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