Concerned about self-harm? Feeling suicidal? Not sure what to do next? Then this app is for you.
The distrACT app provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm.
NEWS: The distrACT app has now been assessed by NHS Digital and is listed on the new NHS Apps Library - https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/distract/.
Why did we create the distrACT app?
► SUICIDE PREVENTION: Help reduce the risk of suicides in people who self-harm
► CRISIS SUPPORT: 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
► SIGNPOSTING: Guide people who self-harm to further sources of support
► SELF-CARE: Encourage self-monitoring strategies and self-management of symptoms
► HEALTH LITERACY: Increase knowledge and understanding of self-harm and related issues
► PRACTICAL SUPPORT: Give practical tips and provide ideas for safer alternatives to self-harm
► STIGMA: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about self-harm
► RESILIENCE: Help people develop skills to build resilience and increase well-being
► ACCESSING HEALTH SERVICES: Support decisions around accessing health services and other means of support
Open the app and find the following sections with reliable answers to your questions in plain language – anywhere, anytime, and in private:
► ABOUT SELF-HARM: Check out what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and how to spot the warning signs
► SELF-HELP: Learn how to identify your needs, manage the urge to self-harm and use safer alternatives
► SUPPORT: Find out about how to get support, where to go for further help, and what to say
► CHILL ZONE: Discover new resources that may help you feel better when you're struggling or feeling tense, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos
► EMERGENCY: Know what to do in an emergency, how to access help and how best to work together with health professionals
The distrACT app has been created by practising UK health professionals together with people with lived experiences of self-harm and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention.
Our partners include Bristol Health Partners, Self-Injury Support, Self-Injury Self Help, the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Bristol, as well as other local and national organisations.
Expert Self Care Ltd (the app's developer) is a UK Social Enterprise certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a provider of reliable health information.
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We would like to improve this app further and appreciate your feedback. You can do this from within the app, or via our website at www.expertselfcare.com.
Please could you also comment on and rate the distrACT app on the App Store to give other people information about whether they may want to download the app too.
- Content updates
- Performance enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
Not Very Useful
Good intentions. But the app is very limited. It only has details of local real world help for Bristol. Not much use to the world outside Bristol.
The layout is orientated for portrait and does not adjust to landscape. Fixed to iPhone proportions it looks adrift in the middle of my iPad screen. The top of the app is a flashing animation that cycles rapidly and makes my anxiety skyrocket. If you must have cheap animations, at least show some courtesy to users and include a stop/pause/disable button. I found myself clicking on any link just to avoid the homepage.
Content might help those who have no prior experience/knowledge of selfharm/suicidal ideation but not much use for people with personal history or professional background.
Found this app via link on NHS website. I think of this app as a third rate way to try to whitewash the disgraceful failure to provide adequate mental health care for British people. Its better than nothing. But like an asprin for ebola sufferers it is not a real solution.
Developer Response ,
Many thanks for taking the time to comment and give feedback, which is very helpful! Sorry for taking so long to respond - we've only just seen your reply and didn't get notified. In response to some of the points you raise:
- Bristol specific information: We only started off with Bristol and hope to expand to other areas. We're just adding a new page for Exeter. Watch this space.
- Home page animation: We've put this in to allow users to access useful sources of support directly from the home screen. We've had some positive user feedback about it but will look into this again. Thanks for mentioning it.
- Layout: While the app works on an iPad, it's really been only designed for use on the iPhone. Sorry if it looks a bit lost on your iPad screen - but hopefully it works well otherwise.
- Target group: The app is mainly aimed at people with little/early experience of self-harm and others close to them (parents/teachers) who want a reliable introduction.
- Aim: The app does claim to provide a substitute for care, but rather wants to encourage people to seek help and signpost to available resources by providing reliable information.
If you have further thoughts and ideas for improving this app, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you. You can find our contact details on the app, or on our website - www.expertselfcare.com. Thanks again! ~Knut
A must get App
This app is professional, well-thought out and structured and is a must if you are concerned about self-harm or feeling suicidal and don't know what to do next. I highly recommend it.
Will definitely recommend to my friend
Beautiful app with extremely useful information!
- Expert Self Care Ltd
- 53.4 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2017 Expert Self Care Ltd
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.