Calm Harm shortlisted in AXA PPP Health Tech & You Challenge
AXA PPP Health Tech & You is in its third year, and we’ve had the pleasure of partnering with the event, and judging the Health Tech & You Challenge category.
The awards highlight the most pressing current challenges and invite the health tech community to say how their innovations are best placed to tackle them. This year, in partnership with innovation accelerator The Bakery, the Challenge category looks for the next big innovation that will help people live life well by managing their own health.
Earlier this month we attended a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitching event to determine a shortlist of 3 entrants. The competition was tough, and some great technologies that would have made the cut in other years had to be knocked out, due to the high calibre of entries. In the end, the 3 shortlisted entries were Affinity, Calm Harm and Kokoon Technology.
Let’s take a closer look at Calm Harm…
Calm Harm is a smartphone app developed by Dr Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, that helps children and young people manage their urge to self-harm. It provides tasks that help
The app provides tasks that help resist or manage the urge to self-harm. Users can add their own tasks and it’s completely private and password protected. The four categories of tasks target the main reasons why people self-harm: Distract helps combat the urge by learning self-control; Control helps to care rather than harm; Express helps to get feelings out in a different way; Release provides safe alternatives to self-injury.
We were extremely impressed with the app, not just because of the problems it solves, which in itself is very intricate and subjective, but for the success the app is seeing, especially when being used as an aid in-between therapy sessions.