With young people’s mental health hitting the headlines, a Bristol-developed free app giving people easy, quick and discreet access to reliable information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts is now included on the NHS Apps Library.
What does the distrACT app do?
distrACT provides relevant information and advice – all in one single location – anywhere, anytime, safely and in private. It was developed by NHS health professionals, experts in self-harm and suicide prevention and people with lived experience of self-harm and those supporting them.
Originally launched in 2017, the free app has now passed the rigorous assessment by NHS Digital to be added to the new NHS Apps Library. The library helps people make better choices about the digital health and care tools they use.
Easy access to information is key
People who self-harm and may feel suicidal need to be able to access clear and reliable information quickly and easily, so that they can find help and support when they need it most.
While information about self-harm is freely available online, much of it is difficult to find and may be dangerous or unhelpful. Googling terms such as ‘self-harm’ or ‘suicidal thoughts’ can lead people looking for support to websites that may display harmful or even dangerous content which can increase distress or promote self-harm.