A smartphone app has been designed to manage negative emotions and periods of anxiety in order to reduce self-harm in young people, new data has revealed.
Clinical psychologist Professor Paul Stallard, of the University of Bath, developed the app in conjunction with patient groups.
A number of papers published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research emphasize that the app could help tackle self-harm in young people.
Head of psychological therapies for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Prof Stallard, claims the idea for BlueIce came about as a result of his work with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
“Many of the young people I was working with were self-harming but nearly all had their mobile phone close by,” he said.