This App Helps Curb Self-Harm By Teaching Us Patience And Restraint


Life can be stressful on so many levels, and even more exhausting when made to feel as if we're struggling with things alone, void of support. What can be so mundane for many – reassurance, kind words or attention – can often times be what makes or breaks a day for some. 

When we're not able to get those commodities from others, things can feel kind of hopeless, but that's what Calm Harm seeks to make up for by teaching us patience within ourselves to curb self-harm and self deprecating acts.

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Calm Harm is heralded as an app that helps "manage self-harm" for the many individuals who turn to cutting or harmful acts when feeling unwell emotionally or overwhelmed.

As a whole, self-mutiliation can be hard to talk about, and can cause further trauma when carrying the scars throughout life. In the U.S., it’s estimated that one in every 200 girls between 13 and 19 years old cut themselves regularly.

Unfortunately, due to the stigma behind self-harm, many fail to see how this act that is associated with teen angst can and will progress into adulthood when left untreated

Calm Harm works by offering varying games and activities for the user to "comfort, distract, express, release and breathe" through their uncomfortable emotions.

Some of the games include creating a positive thoughts diary, having others list out things they love about you, naming off as many songs as you can starting with the letter "S," stretching, jumping up and down and even going somewhere private and having a temper tantrum– all with the goal of helping you work through the period of  negative thoughts. 

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Many users are praising the app for helping them through rough patches, clearly explaining how it has and continues to help them through their urges. Truth be told, there's no harm in trying as many habits and resources as possible in order to find what may help make your days less harmful. As one reviewer explains:

"If you're not sure this app will help you and you are still active self harming pls just try it; what's the worst that could happen? And for me, I definitely can see a result when I'm having a bad day and just need that little extra support to get through all the 1st world problems."

So really, what do you have to lose– other than a couple minutes on your phone as if you don't stare at your phone aimlessly all day long, anyway. Try it, and if it helps, pass the wealth of knowledge on to the next person who may need that extra push to help them through the day.