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Calm Harm is an app designed to help 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.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.86/5.00

Overall Score: 8/14

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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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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Transparency

Overall Score: Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 8.0 or later;Android 4.1 and up
Developer: Stem4
Type of Treatment: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults, Adolescents
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of CalmHarm

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Works
How Symptom Trackers Work