Sal Mckeown discovers a new app designed to support troubled students
According to the Mental Health Foundation, the UK has the highest number of people self-harming in Europe — 10 per cent of young people, equivalent to around two in every secondary classroom. Maybe even more as many of them do not tell others.
Now doctors and psychologists, together with young adults and experts, have created a new free app — distrACT — to help young people who self-harm or feel suicidal.
The app was initiated in Bristol by a national advisory group which brought together, among others, Bristol Health Partners, Bristol GP Dr Knut Schroeder, founder and director of Expert Self Care Limited, and Dr Asha Patel, CEO and clinical psychologist of Innovating Minds which works with young people, schools and community groups.