Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. If you want to you can set a password so that it's completely private. You can also personalise it if you wish, by choosing the background colour theme and deciding on whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters.
The app then provides you with four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. ‘Distract' helps in learning self-control; ‘Comfort' helps you care rather than harm; 'Express Yourself' gets those feelings out in a different way and ‘Release' provides safe alternatives to self-injury. There is also a ‘Breathe' category to help calm and get back in control.
You can do the activities for either blocks of five minutes or fifteen minutes with a countdown for each minute. You will be able to track your progress and notice change*.
Calm Harm has been developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist using the basic principles of an evidence based treatment called Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Note that if you forget both your password and memorable word, these cannot be reset as we do not create user accounts, and you will need to re-install the app, losing any previous data.
*Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.
Updated resources to include COVID-19 specific support
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10/10 would recommend!
I haven’t used any apps that have helped me wind down. Over all this app is amazing with its different choices to help you wind down. I personally enjoy the release and the breathing options. Those really help me. The only reason I’m giving this 4 stars is because you have to do 5 activities under the same category. This app is based off a 5 or 15 minute rule. Which can be very helpful, however I feel like each minute under the different activities should count. I personally use both the Release and the Breathing activities together to help wind me down, however that doesn’t add up to the 5 or 15 minutes sadly. Maybe this will be in an update but I highly recommend you to try this app if you’re a self harmer. It can really help and don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work for you. Continue your search to find the tools that work for you. You matter and I’m glad you’re here and that you’re reading this. You’re loved ❤️
Overall Calm Harm provides users age twelve and older an experience that encourages them to shift their mindset to activities or tasks that are intended to distract them from self-harming behavior. These activities and tasks are representative of mental health frameworks and engage the user to develop a stronger sense of self and reflect on relationships, accomplishments and health coping mechanisms. The range of activities allows the user to explore their evolving mindset and provides the user with an interface that can likely be used over a period of time. Lastly the data and information that is collected is placed in simple charts and logs which allows adolescent users a quick and effective way to track their progress, patterns and trends. It would be beneficial for the user to be able to share these charts and data with mental health professionals and caregivers without having to provide their passcode and login information. Lastly there is a need for additional resources, specifically mental health resources intended for the adolescent population since the app is marketed to those twelve and older.
I locked myself out!
This app is excellent. I used it a bunch last year when I was struggling with my mental health, and I was recently cleaning out my phone and found it hidden in my health folder. I tried to log in but I forgot my pin and security answer—I smiled so big when I realized I couldn’t get in. I thought, holy hell, I’ve been healthy for long enough to not need this anymore!! I’m probably going to delete the app because I no longer use it, and I certainly don’t need to have access to all the notes that I wrote when I was in a bad place. However, when I was using the app, it worked perfectly.
CalmHarm was exactly what I needed. It’s saved me from countless anxiety attacks and calmed me down when I couldn’t rely on anyone. Nothing but love for this app. To anyone who needs this—deep breaths. You will get through this. There is always hope. Please please take care of yourself. You are worthy of health and happiness. Sending all the love and good vibes your way ~ <3<3<3
- J. H.
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