Health and wellbeing information, self-care tips and links to support for people who self-harm and may feel suicidal
Concerned about self-harm? Feeling suicidal? Not sure what to do next? Then this app is for you.
The distrACT app provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.
NEWS: The distrACT app has now been assessed by NHS Digital and is listed on the new NHS Apps Library - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/distract/.
Why did we create the distrACT app?
► SUICIDE PREVENTION: Help reduce the risk of suicides in people who self-harm
► CRISIS SUPPORT: Provide support in a crisis - with advice on how to access help in an emergency, lists of useful emergency numbers and support sites, and tips for safety planning
► SIGNPOSTING: Guide people who self-harm to further sources of support
► SELF-CARE: Encourage self-monitoring strategies and self-management of symptoms
► HEALTH LITERACY: Increase knowledge and understanding of self-harm and related issues
► PRACTICAL SUPPORT: Give practical tips and provide ideas for safer alternatives to self-harm
► STIGMA: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about self-harm
► RESILIENCE: Help people develop skills to build resilience and increase well-being
► ACCESSING HEALTH SERVICES: Support decisions around accessing health services and other means of support
Open the app and find the following sections with reliable answers to your questions in plain language – anywhere, anytime, and in private:
► ABOUT SELF-HARM: Check out what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and how to spot the warning signs
► SELF-HELP: Learn how to identify your needs, manage the urge to self-harm and use safer alternatives
► SUPPORT: Find out about how to get support, where to go for further help, and what to say
► CHILL ZONE: Discover new resources that may help you feel better when you're struggling or feeling tense, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos
► EMERGENCY: Know what to do in an emergency, how to access help and how best to work together with health professionals
The distrACT app has been created by practising UK health professionals together with people with lived experiences of self-harm and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention.
Our partners include Bristol Health Partners, Self-Injury Support, Self-Injury Self Help, the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Bristol, as well as other local and national organisations.
Expert Self Care Ltd (the app's developer) is a UK Social Enterprise certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a provider of reliable health information.
We have more health apps for young people in the pipeline. To stay tuned, like us on facebook (www.facebook.com/expertselfcare), follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/expertselfcare) and sign up for news through our website (http://www.expertselfcare.com/news/).
We would like to improve this app further and appreciate your feedback. You can do this from within the app, or via our website at www.expertselfcare.com.
Please could you also comment on and rate the distrACT app on the App Store to give other people information about whether they may want to download the app too.
- New Card Design
- Performance Enhancements
- Bug Fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Safe Place to learn more
This app is very worthwhile if you want to find out more about self harm and indeed ways to get help if you or someone you know engages in self harm including a useful section on ways to self help. The chill zone is useful for all. It is easy to use and navigate. Highly recommend.
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- Expert Self Care Ltd
- 61.8 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.6 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with the Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 17+ Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2017 Expert Self Care Ltd
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.