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App for young people to help prevent self-harm and suicide.

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Countries where English is spoken, but with specific content for Bristol UK.




Expert Self Care
(Based in United Kingdom)


Expert Self Care

Medical Adviser

As developer plus organisations including Bristol Health Partners, Self-Injury Support, Self-Injury Self Help, the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Bristol


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The distrACT app aims to:

  • help reduce the risk of suicide in people who self-harm
  • provide support in a crisis - with advice on how to access help in an emergency, lists of useful emergency numbers and support sites, and tips for safety planning
  • guide people who self-harm to further sources of support
  • encourage self-monitoring strategies and self-management of symptoms
  • increase knowledge and understanding of self-harm and related issues
  • give practical tips and provide ideas for safer alternatives to self-harm
  • reduce stigma and dispel myths about self-harm
  • help people develop skills to build resilience and increase well-being.

Young people can use the app to:

  • check out what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and how to spot the warning signs
  • learn how to manage the urge to self-harm and use safer alternatives
  • find out how to get support
  • explore resources that use when struggling or feeling tense, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos
identify what to do in an emergency, how to access help and how best to work together with health professionals.

Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)  ·  Medical


Reviewer: Bristol Mind

“The FREE distrACT app gives people who self-harm and may feel suicidal quick, easy and discreet access to information and advice, so they can manage difficult feelings, cope with a crisis and find help and support.

About 1 in 7 young people in the UK say they’ve harmed themselves at some point, and people who self-harm are 35 times more likely to end their own lives.

The distrACT app allows people to access reliable health information about self-harm on-the-go – 24/7, in the privacy of their mobile phone and in one single place.

How is the app useful?

If you self-harm and perhaps feel suicidal, the distrACT app provides you with all the information you need to understand self-harm better, manage it more safely, and know how to get help and support when you need it:

  • Manage suicidal thoughts: Reduce your risk of taking your own life when you self-harm and feel suicidal
  • Get support: Find help in a crisis – find advice on what to do in an emergency, lists of useful emergency numbers and support sites, and tips on safety planning
  • Signposting: The apps guides you to further sources of support that you can trust – all in one place
  • Self-care: Find out how to manage thoughts and feelings and discover safer alternatives to self-harm
  • Build personal resilience: Develop skills to recover more quickly and increase your well-being
Access health services: Helps you decide when to access health services and where to go for support.”
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