Stem4’s Calm Harm app has introduced an offline version of their content to help young people with restricted phone use.
A mental health charity has produced a physical version of the content of its app to help young people who are at risk of self-harming but are unable to use their phone.
Following the app’s success in helping those at risk of self-harm, the charity has launched a set of Calm Cards. These are based on the app’s content and are aimed at reaching young people in situations where phones are banned or unavailable. This includes at home, schools, hospitals and secure detention facilities.
Many users access the app at night, however, sometimes this is difficult in homes where parents may restrict the use of mobile phones due to concerns around sleep.
According to the charity, almost all (93 per cent) of the app’s users said its content had reduced their symptoms.
The app works by tackling self-harm urges through increasing young people’s motivation to seek help and to self-reflect.
“The increase in self-harm among young adults is particularly worrying, as are the most recent statistics on mental ill-health in the number of eleven to 19-year-olds with a shortage of services to support those young people who may present with mild-moderate symptoms,” said Dr Nihara Krause, Clinical Creator of Calm Harm and Chief Executive of Stem4.
“Calm Harm is a digital tool that helps young people manage their urge to self-harm in the moment. Many young people have told us that they would like to use the app tasks in settings which do not permit the use of technology, such as schools and often at night when their urge is high and they don’t always have access to a phone, or when the use of a phone might disrupt their sleep.”