Technology

‘Appy Hour’ – Mental Health

I wanted to write a small blurb every other week on Fridays regarding an app.

One that is fantastic, underrated, overrated, a current favorite, or one that needs to be called out.

Today’s app will be:

Calm Harm

Calm Harm is a completely free app that is used to help prevent self-harm and injury, and is available on both iOS and Android systems. The app is an additional source of psychological help, and is not meant to take the place of a therapist itself.

Calm Harm has six available ways to assist in helping you ignore and forget about your desire to self-harm; those being Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, Random, and Breathe. The meanings of each title are in regards to what they assist with.

As you can see with the photos below, the activities are assisting with a variety of ways you can Comfort yourself instead of hurting. ‘Think of three people who have given you the best smiles’, or ‘Record yourself saying three positive things about you and listening to the recording as many times as you like’.

Distract gives you a variety of tasks to assist in removing harm from your thoughts. ‘Count all the things you can think of in your room/house that are yellow’, or ‘Think of an animal for every letter of the alphabet’.

Express Yourself gives you a chance to work with yourself to help better your state of mind. ‘Start making a positive statements about me diary or thought box’, or ‘Write some sincere compliments you would like to tell a friend. Now write down some sincere compliments that friends have told you in return’.

Release suggests different activities that can help you turn that pain/drive that’s in you towards something less destructive to yourself. ‘Punch it out – find a pillow and punch out how you feel’, or ‘Tense all of your body starting from your toes, up to your hands, and release’.

Random will select from one of the other five concepts and prompts you to choose one of the activities from that concept.

Lastly Breathe is just that, breathing. Breathe helps you reduce your symptoms of stress and anxiety with it’s breathing techniques and keeps you in the moment.

“Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

“Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.

“Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.”
Taken from the Calm Harm website

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