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Sometimes messages on the internet can affect your self-esteem negatively and content can be unhelpful. However, there is useful information out there, and technology can be used to help us to overcome challenges. Below are some apps that people have told PAPYRUS that they have found helpful, they can also be found on our resources page under ‘other resources’ along with some other app suggestions;
This is a suicide prevention app that was designed to help people to stay safe from acting on their thoughts of suicide and to know where to reach out to for support. It has resources that you can use if you need immediate support with your thoughts of suicide, as well as advice and tools to help you to stay safe such as a safety plan, reasons for living, and a ‘my life box’, where you can put photos of things that you think will strengthen your reasons for living. It also provides information about breathing exercises, grounding techniques for anxiety, and overwhelming emotions. Some users have described this as an amazing resource, providing a wonderful source of support and information that can help them to stay safe from acting on thoughts of suicide. The resource is free to download and is simple to use. There is also a section for those who are worried about a person who they feel may be suicidal.
This is an app to help in managing anxiety. Some of the techniques include; help for panic attacks, tracking anxiety, making a list of things that make you anxious, and an anxiety self-help tool kit. The layout is colourful and easy to read, however, some of the sections take a little reading around to understand exactly what they are for. It is a tool that can help to identify what triggers an individual’s anxious thoughts and how to begin to manage them. The activities are short, each around about 1-5 minutes, and allow the user to slowly build up their anxiety management skills. Some people have found this app helpful for managing anxiety whilst waiting to access further long-term support, or to build anxiety-management skills.
This app has been created by the NHS, it allows the user to track their mood and understand what has influenced that mood. Details can be logged into this app, like a feelings or emotions diary, which also logs the date and time of hen different moods have been inputted. It can be helpful in identifying what is happening in the user’s life and possible triggers that can impact on low mood. It can also help to analyse mood and shows tips and suggestions for ways that might help to lift mood. For example, if someone logged ‘friends and family’ as something that influences their mood, they would then be presented with the benefits of having people around them who might be able to help and support them.
The app was designed to help to manage urges to self-harm. It is private and password-protected and bright and colourful to look at. The app explains the use of ‘riding the wave’ of the urge to self-harm and provides suggestions of very brief, 5- or 15-minute activities that might be able to help, with countdown timers when trying out an activity. The activities are categorised into ‘comfort’, ‘distract’, ‘express’, and ‘release’, depending on what the user thinks would work best for them. It also has the option of adding in activities that the user knows that they find helpful to manage the urge to self-harm, in addition to breathing techniques.
In addition to helping the user to select an activity to surf the wave of their urge to self-harm, the app encourages reflection on the intensity and duration of the urge and can also keep track of what activity helped. The user is signposted to resources that the app determines that they might find helpful, based on the user’s answers to questions relating to what triggered their urge to self-harm.
The app has been created by the charity Child Bereavement UK, by a group of bereaved young people. The app was developed for people between the ages of 11-25 years old who have experienced a bereavement and are in need of support for this. The app contains information about bereavement, grief, feelings that people may experience following a bereavement, and also how they might be able to access some further support. The app also contains a place to write down how the user is feeling and contains stories and videos from others who have experienced a bereavement.
The app can be helpful for those who have been bereaved, and also for those who want to know how to support a young person who has experienced a bereavement.