|Calm Harm||By stem4|
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What does the app do?
Calm Harm app is designed for young people aged 13–19 years, but it is suitable for anyone over the age of 13 who needs help with tolerating distress – including those who self-harm.
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 by a clinical psychologist using principles of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), an evidence based 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.
- April 2022, Version 4.6.2, Android
- September 2019, Version: 3.2.3, Android
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
Calm Harm(external link) Mind
The “Calm Harm” app – a user review(external link) eMHprac
Calm Harm(external link) MindTools.io
Calm Harm – A professional review(external link) One Mind PsyberGuide
- Vieira AM, Lewis SP. Mobile apps for self-injury: a content analysis.(external link) Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2018 May;21(5):333-337.
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