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Samaritans launches Self-Help app

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Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about your feelings. Even knowing exactly how you’re feeling can be hard.

To help, Samaritans has launched its self-help app, which offers people practical ways to cope and stay safe if they’re going through a difficult time.

Knowing that some people find it difficult to seek help, Samaritans created this app to help people explore their feelings when they’re struggling to cope but don’t want to discuss their feelings with someone else. It will help people with problems to learn safe, memorable techniques for coping with things that are troubling them, through a range of interactive features. It can also help them make a plan to stay safe in a crisis, and keep track of things they can do away from the app to help themselves feel better.

Samaritans Self-Help is a web application that can be used online in a browser or installed on a computer or smartphone. It’s not monitored by volunteers, no one can see what people write in it and any feedback left using the sidebar will also remain anonymous.

The app centres around a mood tracker, which can be used to record how people are feeling and see patterns in their mood. It also recommends techniques to try, based on how they are feeling at the time.

The new Self-Help app doesn’t replace Samaritans’ volunteers who will still be available round the clock for anyone who needs to talk.