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.”

About Julia Manning

Julia is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council. 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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