Self-Heal app

An app to reduce the urge to self-harm.
Self Heal By University of Oxford IT Services
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Clinical review  Two out of five stars

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? Unknown
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? No (there is a link but it is broken)
  • require internet access? No
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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, “” This makes it difficult to find the recommended page.

✘ Most of the tools in the external links should ideally be integrated into the app.

Review details

Date of review: September 2019
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 1.1.0
Download size: 66 MB
Updated on: 2/06/2017

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  1. 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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