A new app has been created by one of the student IT Innovation Challenges projects. Self-Heal is a free tool that guides the management and reduction of self-injury. It can be used anonymously and independently, to enable users to take recovery into their own hands.
The app provides crisis management suggestions, relevant links, information, phone numbers, as well as a gallery of images selected to inspire, motivate and provoke. It has been developed in collaboration with students and professionals.
Distraction tasks are inspired by techniques used in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), which is the frontline psychological therapy used in the UK to treat self-harm. Imagery has been known for a long time to affect our emotions, thoughts, and outlook – Just think about the amount of money that gets spent on advertising and graphic design! Self-Heal contains more than 750 pictures each carefully selected to motivate recovery. More than half of these images are captioned to provoke thought and engage the user.
The free Self-Heal app is available for Android and Apple.