Calm Harm is an app for all mobile devices designed to help adolescents manage self-harm. Based on principles from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Calm Harm teaches teenagers to tolerate urges to hurt themselves and postpone acting on those impulses. In addition to providing basic information about self-harm, Calm Harm includes four modules: Distract, to focus attention off of the urge; Comfort, to build positive self-regard and constructive habits; Express, to communicate negative emotions in more effective ways; and Release, with alternative behaviors for safely venting an unbearable urge. Calm Harm also has a tracking function that allows users to view their progress and take note of patterns and trends in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to self-harm. While Calm Harm is not a replacement for comprehensive treatments for severe mental health issues, it can be a useful add-on to traditional therapies to help adolescents practice positive skills and build a foundation of healthy coping techniques.

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Overall Score: 2.50/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 3/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 1/1
Software support 0/2

Total 7/14

date of rating: August 2016

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.28/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.60
Functionality: 4.50
Aesthetics: 4.50
Information: 4.50

Subjective quality score: 3.13

Perceived impact score: 4.00

Rating date: November 2017
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: Mobile Devices
Company: Stem4
Classification: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: Adolescents
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it:
Google Play