Calm Harm - manages self harm

Calm Harm - manages self harm

  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 3.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Stem4
  • Compatibility: Android
196 Ratings
$ 0

Calm Harm - manages self harm App

Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Get started by setting your password so that it's completely private - this is optional. You can personalise it if you wish, by choosing the background colour theme and deciding on whether you would like some company using a variety of friendly characters. The app then provides you with four categories of tasks to help you surf the urge. ‘Distract' helps in learning self-control; ‘Comfort' helps you care rather than harm; 'Express yourself' gets those feelings out in a different way and ‘Release' provides safe alternatives to self-injury. There is also a ‘Breathe' category to help calm and get back in control. You can do the activities for either blocks of five minutes or fifteen minutes with a countdown for each minute. You will be able to track your progress and notice change*. Calm Harm has been developed for stem4 by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist using the basic principles of an evidence based treatment called Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) (*Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.)


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Calm Harm - manages self harm app reviews

  • GREAT APP, Addressing password complaints 5/5

    By Izzy. I
    First off, this app has helped me so much and I am so grateful for it. As for the whole password issues. Write it down in case you forget. Also when the urge to self harm isn't very strong, at least for me, the act of having to type in a password makes me stop and think long enough to be like "don't do this". But, I think it does have it's pros and cons.
  • No help at all 1/5

    By Hanbokpretty
    This app doesn’t work, don’t waste your time.
  • Love this app 5/5

    By Ashitono
    Calm harm is a wonderful app that helps me “ride the wave” in a calming and easy way. It is so easy to use and I love how much thought was put into its creation. It feels like it was made to make the user feel comforted and heard, which is exactly what it does for me. ❤️
  • im a kid... 5/5

    By Yvng_Bapeman
    I feel like doing this all the time even though im just a kid...
  • Frustrating 1/5

    By Jbirdy_
    Now maybe I shouldn’t be relying on an application to help me in any circumstance, but when I am feeling distraught and explosive, the last thing I have an ability to is remember a password or a “memorable word” maybe a thumbprint or a passwordless entry would be a better idea for someone like me who can’t even construct a sentence when they are feeling manic.
  • Almost there 4/5

    By warriorcatnightowl
    This really helped me when I was feeling emotional. I don’t self harm but this did help, especially the breathing part. The only thing is, I wish it could run in the background as you go do something else on your phone (for example one of the activities was making a music playlist on your phone) so you could actually do it. Otherwise, this is a great app and also helps those who don’t self harm but do suffer from anxiety, depression, etc (myself included)
  • Great app, some bad ideas. 2/5

    By Tiffani s
    What if you can’t remember your memorable word? Ironic, yes, but there are those of us with poor memory who can’t remember what our word was when we first created the account Lord knows when. So when those of us with poor memory are struggling with anxiety or having suicidal thoughts and it is 3AM and you can’t get help because your parents will notice, can’t log into our accounts, then what? Not very calming when you can’t log in. Sure, “there’s other apps, try those”, “call the hotline” (already covered that one), or other suggestions are out there. However, I shouldn’t have to download another app to cover what this one is lacking in and the hotline isn’t an option right now for me. Also, some of us are college students who live with their parents that struggle with mental issues and this app is great for people like me. The forgotten password issue is a no-go for me.
  • Confusing 1/5

    By Eekeekeekeek
    I found it very confusing. You have to have a lot of concentration to complete the tasks. Not helpful for me.
  • Great start, some issues 3/5

    By ItsAllBobbins
    Like many other reviewers I wish the app did not require a password. When I'm stressed enough to use the app I can't remember a password. I understand it's for privacy, but should be an option to toggle the password requirement on or off. The app is directed at teenagers who self harm which I don't mind, but FYI I'm 49 and suffer severe anxiety and sometimes panic. I don't self harm. This app is going to have massive appeal to a much broader audience than the developers realize, because it's the first app to offer DBT distraction, calming and breathing techniques. Most important of all... I'd love it if I could add my own custom notes to the app. For example, the list of 5 minute distractions is good, but let me add my own for future use, things that I know work for me. Thanks so much for the app, it's great so far. I work in website and app development, so I hope my thoughtful feedback is useful making it even better for more people.
  • Too bare bones- hope they expand its features 2/5

    By Msdamgoode
    I was excited to see this app because, even though I don't cut, I do engage in self destructive behavior when my anxiety is high. Unfortunately, my experience with this app wasn't all that least in its current iteration. Right now, it's mainly a countdown timer & a list of anxiety reducing activities. Which wouldn't be bad, except the majority of the activities can't be "performed" in-app. For instance, quite a few 'wave' actions are things like naming capital cities or doing multiplication tables. Cool, but.. it would be SO much easier if there was a space to type them in on the app vs having to go find a pen and paper. (Don't try to switch to your notes app either, because you'll get logged out :-/ ) Other activities require that you gather one or more objects that aren't always readily at hand, and trying to remember if there's any bubble wrap in the house or where there might be a stray rubber band at 3AM when you're already amped up? Well, it's decidedly NOT anxiety reducing...Howsabout a piece of virtual bubble wrap? Or some other virtual fidget toy? I'd also like to see them implement a small journal/note/emotion tracking feature, and some soothing music. (Like some wave sounds,for the wave counter). Altogether, I didn't find this truly helpful-for me- but I'm hopeful that the developers will expand on its feature set.
  • Exactly what I needed 5/5

    By RedIsTheRose
    This app is amazing. I really need a distraction app that was more than just breathing exercises. Definitely recommend!!
  • Doesn’t sync 3/5

    By ChuchiBaby11
    I like the app overall but I have it on my ipad and my phone and there is no way to link them together so in order to switch from my phone to my iPad I have to have 2 different profiles which is annoying cause I cannot accurately track my progress.
  • Useless 1/5

    By E=F Flat
    Can't get past the very first screen where you select your location. Says my location is incorrect and choose another one.
  • Great app! 5/5

    By michelle.nicoleee
    Really knows how to help and reduce stress ! Has good advice
  • cannot open it 1/5

    By Tyvpnfree
    Even cannot open it...I don't know why! It crashed when I opened it.
  • Loved it! 5/5

    By EleanorWorkman
    Everyone should know about this app. I couldn't recommend it more; it's helped me a lot.
  • Activities in app 4/5

    By add latin please
    This app is really great! Personally, I just use it to calm down when I feel nervous or feel an anxiety attack coming on, but I've seen it work for lost of different people in lots of different situations. My only suggestion is that in-app activities are added, not just suggestions of things for people to do on their own. I think adding that feature would make this app even better.
  • Not helpful. 1/5

    By Fellacopter
    This app caused my self harm incidents to increase.
  • Interaction 4/5

    By LittleStickWTS
    I like this and I think it’s definitely helpful but something that could make it better is more interactive activities. For example naming Harry Potter characters right on the app instead of just the timer.
  • probably not going to see this but... 5/5

    By supercoolandcool54321
    in the express yourself category i think you should have a text box or just an area where you can write your thoughts. i think this is a great app. i don’t really self harm but the coping skills help out with my anxiety

    By ~Smïth~
    It’s amazing that you all have decided to try to help people who are in need and can’t speak up, or haven’t learned a healthier way to escape! I’m pleased to know that we have people who take the time to reach out and give a helping hand especially in today’s society thank you!
  • Extremely Helpful 5/5

    By Help_YoSelf
    As someone who has been struggling with Self Harm for a while, this app really helps me. It takes your mind away from harming yourself and onto the activity at hand. The only suggestion I have is maybe including some calming music, which tends to help people as well.
  • Low-pressure peace maker 5/5

    By Alex_Dynda
    Black-cat-audio on YouTube made a good review of this app and now I’m glad she showed me it.
  • Good App, some suggestions! 4/5

    By sarawileyxo
    I saw this app on Twitter. I was looking for an alternative to some breathing based apps for winding down and then saw the distraction option for this app (and the breathing one). Thought it was an interesting concept even though I don’t physically self harm (I just overthink things). I know this is geared towards people who self harm but really it could be used for everyone at every age. I think it’d be helpful if you had different reasons to choose from why you’re using the app because the get help literature is excessive upon first use and kind of put me off a little bit. Also, it was giving an error when selecting location so I picked a different location and changed it later in settings. When people want help the last thing they need is an error screen. Otherwise, great app upon first use. Will return and hope for positive changes!
  • eh 4/5

    By fixinstagram2016
    it’s a good app with a good concept in the fact it’s trying to help people from harming themselves but in my experience it doesn’t really work but oh well
  • Login one time 4/5

    By R b numeral
    I just got this app and it seems like it will be VERY helpful! This is my first comment on any app ever. I normally don't comment or review apps, but this one is important. The one problem I have with this app is that each time you enter the app you have to login. I know that when I am an emotional/mental unstable place it can be difficult to think of things like passwords or I might need help a little faster than it takes me to remember a password and then type it in. I understand this is probably for privacy reasons, but maybe there can be alternative ways of logging in? Otherwise this app is great and I am thankful it was created!
  • Amazing 5/5

    By Nooshin-r1992
    I can't thank you enough for this. I've been clean for 4 month and I couldn't have done it without this app. Also the "random" button is so great because usually when I use this app my mind doesn't work properly
  • Great App 5/5

    By Whalesfood
    It works to calm myself down. I do not suffer from self harm, but other mental illnesses. This helps me gain control.
  • :-) 5/5

    By IrNE!
    i dont self harm, but i do have depression and, honestly this app is amazing. it helps calm me when im in a bad situation, and i just love it !
  • Incredible!! 5/5

    By Vdecablackie
    As a teen with BPD who was misdiagnosed for a longhorns time with depression, I've had to readjust to new coping skills because lots of coping skills and medicine doesn't help. This is an incredible app, really helps keep me from crying in public or taking my anger out on my loved ones. Thank you so so so much, cannot recommend enough!!!!!
  • Works for everyone 5/5

    By Gigiwwwwwwwjjskaodbc
    I don’t write reviews on apps. Ever. But this app is truly amazing and life changing. I haven’t ever self harmed but I have anxiety and depression and I get panic attacks that I can’t bring myself back down from. This app helps me ground myself and calm down. It feels powerful to have an app that I know will help me control myself in that panicked state.
  • I’m not one to write reviews but... 5/5

    By hustlerbabbby
    Exactly one month ago, I was hospitalized for 4 days in the psychiatric unit at my nearest hospital. One thing I wrote down on a survey while I was being discharged was “I wish there were more coping skills classes for self harm”. This app is truly exactly what I was looking for. It has helped tremendously. Thank you.
  • Amazing but has some flaws 4/5

    By qwertymachado
    It’s annoying to constantly have to log back into it. I don’t know if it’s just me or other people are having the same problem. Sometimes I forgot my password and memorial word and can’t get in for a while. I get it that it can be tracking you for improvements or something, but I think it should be something that you can just jump right into whenever you need it. Other than that though, it’s amazing and I really recommend it anyone who’s struggling with self harm or any other mental illness. It’s not given enough credit for the fact that it can also help with panic attacks, depressive episodes, bursts of anger, and simply something to keep you calm.
  • Crashing 1/5

    By Paytiepar
    Crashes as soon as I open the app
  • Thank you 5/5

    By KellynJC
    To whoever made this, thank you.

    By hfsiqv
    I literally don’t have the urge to self harm but I still use this app because it works on all sorts of situations like boredom, depression or just relaxation. The icons, colors, and format of the Calm Harm is just sooooooo beautifully designed. I definitely recommend this!
  • 💗 5/5

    By wjejjejd
    Thank you so much. So much.
  • Crashes:[ 1/5

    By Aceman25
    The app keeps crashing on start up on iOS 8.3 /: hope a fix can be made because this could be a useful tool for a lot of people.
  • This is amazing 5/5

    By Rory hilly
    I love this app. I think it’s an amazing concept and the first self harm help app I’ve ever seen. It’s extremely helpful. I think this is going to help me a lot on my journey to recovery
  • Fantastic 5/5

    By lm2422
    Helps SO much with depression and anxiety as well
  • This app 5/5

    By Renabug <3
    I have a lot of issues. I actually have cut and consider it a lot. This app helps me calm down a lot.
  • Not only for what the title states 4/5

    By Gecko lover 1233456
    This can work for stress too. Maybe even depression (I’m not that far into the app.) If you hit the calming category, it is more stress relieving even if some questions confuse me.
  • Should be a 5 star 4/5

    By im.fine.
    I want to give a 5, because this is so helpful, but I can't get my app to open from the home screen. So simply because of that I cant
  • Very helpful 5/5

    By death.please
    Thank you so much for developing this app-it sure helps alot of people :) Please just note that there are more ways than one that people harm themselves and some of those include hitting things or snapping a rubber band on the skin, even if these ways aren't as destructive as other, consider if they're really a good alternative, because that's still self harm. Thank you again though, for this app.
  • improvement suggestion 4/5

    By Jana Khoury
    I wish it were more interactive, like having text boxes where you can write down what you visualize in certain activities, it helps me focus better on the activity rather than focusing on harmful thoughts
  • Incredibly helpful therapeutic tool 5/5

    By Tamora
    Cannot recommend highly enough
  • Love this!!!! 5/5

    By Itneedswork
    This has helped me so much whenever I have the urge to cut. Perfect distractions!
  • great 5/5

    By mitzy dolan
    it can really help you !!
  • Best app 5/5

    By rattrash
    The app itself works really well and you can use the resources for depression and anxiety along with self harm.
  • pretty good 4/5

    By Reagan taylor
    this is a quite good app, although it’s frustrating that it can’t run in the background (say, writing positive things in your notes app). however, it is very good at stemming the urge and helping with things

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