Stem4, a small mental health charity for teenagers, has developed Calm Harm which the charity claims is the first clinician developed app to help young people manage the urge to self-harm.
Stem4 focuses on teenage mental health by targeting early identification of commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers; raising awareness and enhancing detection, education and motivation.
Britain has one of the highest rates of self-harm amongst teenagers and concerns have been voiced over services available to target this. In response to this the first clinician- developed smartphone app ‘Calm Harm’ has been developed to manage the urge to self-harm in teenagers.
The founder of the charity and consultant clinical psychologist, Nihara Krause, said that “unlike much of the information about self-harm they can access online, it is based on clinical evidence”. The app targets the 'digitally-minded' young people of today and it is password protected and confidential. The app has a diary function, can offer task to manage impulsiveness and be personalised by adding an individuals own self-soothing techniques.
Calm Harm has been downloaded 19,000 and has been shortlisted for a National Positive Practice Awards in Mental Health 2016 prize.