Calm Harm by stem4

Why try it?
Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self harm. You can add your own tasks too and it’s completely private and password protected.

What does it do?
The four categories of tasks 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.

Will it work?
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist using ideas from an evidence based therapy called DBT. The focus is to help learn to identify and manage your ‘emotional mind’ with positive impact. The app enables you to track your progress. Please note that the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.

What’s New

Version 4.6.2

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

GeekyCanary ,


I’ve used this last year as it was a suggestion by a therapist, & just started using it again recently. It has helped me out!! I am glad more people have suggested things to do!! :D I think though, there should be a gaming place where ppl can use the mascots (if they’ve chose any), & play with them?? Maybe a section where you listen to ocean waves or nature, as some cannot go outside. A video of where there are visuals of the mascots talking & telling you to breathe or are telling to close ur eyes & telling you what to imagine!! It might be a great idea for those of us who like to see things visually or hear things. :) + sumtimes people may not want to do things off of the app .

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for your suggestions which we will log for review in future releases. Also if you are using the app for anxiety, note we have another free app called Clear Fear which includes mindfulness videos that you may find helpful.

cjbrownptown12345 ,

Good idea but not good completion

I believe this app was developed with the best at mind but it wasn’t thought out correctly. The activities cannot be completed through the app. It requires you to go and get things such as paper and a pen to draw or write things down, it’s more about giving you things to do rather than actually helping you do them? It says to draw or call people or go for a walk, someone who is suicidal at that point does not want to go for a walk? They want to hurt themselves and if they are using this app they need real help right now, they dont have time to go into their craft box or pencil case or search round for a pen. If the app seems to think doodling will help then you should be able to doodle within the app, wordsearchs, colouring and other like for like activities should be available in the app itself and not from outside sources. It seemed like a good idea in the beginning but now I’ve started trying to use it I’m just frustrated

Developer Response ,

Hi, thanks for your review. Sorry the app is frustrating you, it won't help everybody. In the next release users will be able to type answers to relevant activities in a 'notepad'. We would love to add interactive activities, however as a charity we have to fundraise to include these types of features in the app and we want the app to remain free for young people. I will pass on your feedback to our development team for future releases though, thank you.

Marjiiiiii ,

Very helpful

I sometimes have certain periods of time when I’m very sad or frustrated and this app really helps. I normally don’t have the urge to self harm but I do use the app a lot because it helps me calm down so that there is less of a risk of me thinking about self harm.

I think my favourite one is the breathing exercise because it just helps me calm down but I also really like the other ones.

I think this app is brilliant but one thing I would suggest adding is some activities within the app because sometimes it’s harder to do some of the exercises if I’m surrounded by people or in an environment where I don’t want to draw attention to myself.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for a lovely review and we are glad the app is helping you! We have the option to suggest activities (Menu > Suggest an Activity) which we use when refreshing the activities. Or you can email us at with a list of suggested ones which we will review for inclusion in the next release. Thank you for your feedback.

App Privacy

The developer, Stem4, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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