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