distrACT app

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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 supportwhen 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