The urge to self-harm is like a wave. It feels the most powerful when you start wanting to do it.
Learn to ride the wave with the free Calm Harm app by choosing activities from these categories:
Comfort, Distract, Express Yourself, Release, and Random.
There is also a breathing technique to help be mindful and stay in the moment, regulate difficult emotions and reduce tension.
When you ride the wave, the urge to self-harm will fade.
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Clinical Psychologist Dr Nihara Krause, in collaboration with young people, using principles from the evidence-based therapy Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Calm Harm provides some immediate techniques to help break the cycle of self-harm behaviours and explore underlying trigger factors, build a ‘safety net’ of helpful thoughts, behaviours and access to supportive people, provide opportunity to journal and self-reflect. It also provides signposts to help.
The app is private, anonymous and safe.
Please note that the Calm Harm app is not a substitute for the assessment and individualised treatment by a health/mental health professional.Please note that the Calm Harm app is not a substitute for the assessment and individualised treatment by a health/mental health professional.