Version: 1.0 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 3 - Condition Management
Country: GB
Category: Self Harm Prevention, Suicide Prevention
Released: 08/10/2017
Updated: 08/10/2017
Version: 1.0
Size: 50mb
Developer: Expert Self Care Ltd
Reviewed On: 15/05/2018
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 80%.

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focused on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App doesn’t collect any data and it is therefore only assessed and scored based on its performance in the User Experience and Clinical Assurance sections of our review.

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Developer description
Concerned about self-harming? Feeling suicidal? Not sure what to do next? Then this app is for you. The distrACT app provides easy, quick and discreet access to general health information and advice about self-harm. While the app is mainly aimed at young people in the UK, those living in other parts of the world may also find it useful. Aims of this app: ? SUICIDE PREVENTION: Help reduce the risk of suicides in people who self-harm ? CRISIS SUPPORT: Provide support in a crisis - with advice on how to access help in an emergency, lists of useful emergency numbers and support sites, and tips for safety planning ? SIGNPOSTING: Guide people who self-harm to further sources of support ? SELF-CARE: Encourage self-monitoring strategies and self-management of symptoms ? HEALTH LITERACY: Increase knowledge and understanding of self-harm and related issues ? PRACTICAL SUPPORT: Give practical tips and provide ideas for safer alternatives to self-harm ? STIGMA: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about self-harm ? RESILIENCE: Help people develop skills to build resilience and increase well-being ? ACCESSING HEALTH SERVICES: Support decisions around accessing health services and other means of support Open the app and find the following sections with reliable answers to your questions in plain language – anywhere, anytime, and in private: ? ABOUT SELF-HARM: Check out what self-harm is, why people self-harm, and how to spot the warning signs ? SELF-HELP: Learn how to identify your needs, manage the urge to self-harm and use safer alternatives ? SUPPORT: Find out about how to get support, where to go for further help, and what to say ? CHILL ZONE: Discover new resources that may help you feel better when you're struggling or feeling tense, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos ? EMERGENCY: Know what to do in an emergency, how to access help and how best to work together with health professionals The distrACT app has been created by practising medical doctors together with young adults and experts in self-harm and suicide prevention. Our partners include Bristol Health Partners, Self-Injury Support, Self-Injury Self Help, the University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Bristol, as well as other local and national organisations. Expert Self Care Ltd (the app's developer) is a UK Social Enterprise certified by the NHS England Information Standard as a provider of reliable health information. We have more health apps for young people in the pipeline. To stay tuned, like us on facebook (www.facebook.com/expertselfcare), follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/expertselfcare) and sign up for news through our website (http://www.expertselfcare.com/news/). We would like to improve this app further if we can, and so we'd appreciate if you could give us feedback. You can do this from within the app, or via our website at www.expertselfcare.com. If you decide to download distrACT, we would appreciate it if you could take time to comment on and rate the distrACT app on the App Store to give other people information about whether they may want to download the app too. Thank you!
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.


This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.


It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.


The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App doesn't provide support for users with hearing difficulties.


The App does appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.


The App is entirely free to use.

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