Shaping the Design of Smartphone-Based Interventions for Self-Harm

Roisin Mcnaney, Mahsa Honary*, beth bell, Sarah Clinch, Julio E Vega, aaron sefi, leo kroll

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Self-harm is a prevalent issue amongst young people, yet it is thought around 40% will never seek professional help due to stigma surrounding it. It is generally a way of coping with emotional distress and can have a range of triggers which are highly heterogeneous to the individual. In a move towards enhancing the accessibility of personalized interventions for selfharm, we undertook a three-stage study. We first conducted interviews with 4 counsellors in self-harm to understand how they clinically respond to self-harm triggers. We then ran a survey with 37 young people, to explore perceptions of mobile sensing, and current and future uses for smartphone-based interventions. Finally, we ran a workshop with 11 young people to further explore how a context-aware self-management application might be used to support them. We contribute an in-depth understanding of how triggers for self-harm might be identified and subsequently predicted and prevented using mobile-sensing technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CHI'20
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventACM SIGCHI: CHI'20 - Hawaii, Honolulu , United States
Duration: 24 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceACM SIGCHI: CHI'20
Abbreviated titleCHI'20
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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