Leeds City Council has been working alongside the NHS in Leeds to localise the national Calm Harm app.
The app has been customised for young people in Leeds (aged 12 – 25 years old), using the MindMate imagery and directing them to the MindMate website for further information and support.
The Calm Harm app helps you resist or manage the urge to self-harm; it has a number of activities including breathing techniques to help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
The focus of the app is to help young people learn to identify and manage their ‘emotional’ mind with positive impact, aiding but not replacing treatment.
The app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, and it’s localised when selecting ‘West Yorkshire’ as the county and only entering the first part of their postcode.
The postcode is optional and they’ll still be taken to the Leeds screen as they’ll have selected West Yorkshire. If they aren’t from Leeds they have the option to opt out of the Leeds version.
The app is password protected and collects minimal information about you, which makes it very discrete.