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stem4’s Calm Harm App wins Gold at the British Design Awards 2019

Local Wimbledon charity, stem4 were delighted to have been awarded the coveted Gold award at the BDA Design Effectiveness Awards 2019 for the Calm Harm app which helps young people manage the urge to self-harm. The presentation was made at a dinner at the Royal Horticultural Halls on June 12.

 

Calm Harm was entered by HMA the design agency for stem4. It is a life-saving app which helps young people cope with and deflect the urge to self harm and  has been downloaded around a million times across 171 countries. BDA have made a film which can be viewed on https://youtu.be/kksGKwHPtK8

 

Over 60% of users have used the Calm Harm app more than once and 93% report a reduction in the urge to self-harm after completing one of its exercises.   Free to use and designed to be discreet and anonymous, the app offers young people options such as distraction techniques or breathing techniques to help them overcome the urge to self-harm.

 

The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise the return on investment, a coherent, well-thought out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve. DBA champions the transformative power of its strategic and economic value to business and government set up by the design industry for the design industry. The Awards were judged by business leaders in 3 rounds of judging.  A third panel of judges met in April to select the winners.

 

Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 and clinical creator of Calm Harm said “Self harm is a major issue at the moment. It’s a behaviour young people use to communicate something, most often communicate distress, and we do need to provide some sort of tool to manage that, because our traditional services are very stretched, as a result the threshold for acceptance for treatment is very high, and providing a digital tool that young people can use that is validated and follows scientific principles, is actually something that is very beneficial.

 

The collaboration with HMA has made a huge difference to the effectiveness and distribution of the app. They worked with young people to get an idea of what would be appealing to young people. Because the app is so user friendly, it has been downloaded across the world in about 171 countries, and we have currently just under a million downloads. When we first released the app, we had 24,000 downloads, and promotion of the app has primarily been by young people, through social media in particular.”

 

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction. stem4 works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences and their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

 

Calm Harm has met the standards required to be included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has won several awards and been featured in the London Design Museum. The website www.calmharm.co.uk allows users to find out more about the app, watch an introductory video, view screenshots, read app reviews and order Calm Harm resources such as posters and postcards.

 

The stem4 Calm Harm app helps teenagers manage the urge to self-harm and has currently a million downloads across the world. Whilst the recently introduced Clear Fear app helps children and young people manage anxiety. Both can be downloaded free from App Store and Google Play.

Wimbledon’s first Trivia Pub Trail in aid of stem4

Love Wimbledon and stem4 were proud to present Wimbledon’s first charity Trivia Pub Trail held on 21st March.  An evening of pub stops, interactive questions and challenges around Wimbledon Town Centre – all through their mobile phones.

14 teams from local businesses went head to head taking on the trivia trail, enjoying the hospitality of 6 local pubs, climbing the live scoreboard and raising £440 for stem4 the Wimbledon based teenage mental health charity.

Dr Nihara Krause, Founder and CEO of stem4 commented, “We are delighted to be the recipients of the quiz trail organised by Love Wimbledon. As a small, local charity, we value being supported by the corporate community in Wimbledon and would like to thank Love Wimbledon and everyone who took part in this very enjoyable event. stem4 provide  a valuable service through our mental health education programme for children and young people, their families and teachers and the provision of digital tools to help teenagers challenge the onset of mental health problems and build resilience so that they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.”

Katie Owen from Love Wimbledon, Sarah Sterne and Rebecca Gibson from stem4, Sally Warren from Love Wimbledon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great night was had by all who played and when asked what the teams enjoyed most about our Trivia Pub Trail they answered:

“the brilliant sense of community, bonding with colleagues and supporting stem4 and Love Wimbledon”

“experiencing the bars or Wimbledon and raising money for a good cause”

“spending time with work colleagues”

“discovering the amazing pub venues”

 

Congratulations to our winning team from local business Datix, they won themselves a £100 gift card from Sticks’n’Sushi Wimbledon to enjoy a meal.

Datix teams (L-R) Iwona McCarthy, Luke Snelling, Polly Kirk, Fern Berreen, Jess Money, Matthew Brew.

The runners up team was from Sew White who will enjoy a £50 bar tab from Smash Wimbledon while they enjoy ping-pong and pizzas!

Sew White team (L-R): Sisley White, Katie Owen from Love Wimbledon, Rebecca Reading.

Special thanks to our generous pubs who hosted hotspots including: Bar+Block Steakhouse, Smash Wimbledon, The Old Frizzle, The Garratt & Gauge, The Alexandra and 601 Queen’s Rd.

 

Take a look at some of the photos on our Facebook page to see how much fun they had for yourself and we hope to see you at our future business events.

 

 

British Citizen Award for stem4 CEO Dr Nihara Krause

Dr Nihara Krause, CEO, founder and Clinical Psychologist, from Wimbledon, has been honoured at the Palace of Westminster at a prestigious ceremony on 24th January, receiving a British Citizen Award for Services to Healthcare (BCAh).

 

Dr Nihara Krause was presented her Medal by Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers a long-term supporter of the British Citizen Awards, who is also a Patron of the BCA.

The British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise extraordinary people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

 

Dr Krause, is one of 30 medalists who were honoured at a prestigious ceremony on 24th January 2019, at the Palace of Westminster.  All BCA recipients have selflessly undertaken various activities in support of a number of worthy causes. Each received a specially struck Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medalists are also invited to use the initials BCA after their name.

 

Dr Krause is the CEO and founder of stem4, which was established in 2011 after the tragic death of a local school girl of anorexia nervosa. Dr Krause who is a Consultant in Clinical Psychology saw that there was a better way to help young people at risk of a range of psychological difficulties, recognising that there was a lack of support available, not just to young people and their families, but also friends, teachers and healthcare staff.  She founded stem4 with the intention that it would deliver accurate, user-friendly, psycho education and early intervention to young people, their families, carers and schools. The name stem4 came from the intention to stem the escalating teenage mental health conditions in young people.

 

One of the biggest impacts is Dr Nihara Krause’s creation of the Calm Harm App which she developed in consultation with young people that wanted to self-harm.  The App, which is free, has been downloaded around 900,000 times and is now on the NHS library. Last month she created the Clear Fear App for stem4 to help children and young people manage anxiety.

 

The event was hosted by TV star Michael Underwood, who stated “Having presented the very first British Citizen Awards, it’s a real honour to be invited back and a privilege.  I am in awe learning more about the incredible people being recognised for their contribution to society”.

 

The medals were presented by Senior Representatives from Specsavers, Unilever, Places for People, Unity Trust Bank, Experian and The Co-operative Bank, who all sponsor these awards widely referred to as ‘the People’s Honours.

stem4 launch new app ‘Clear Fear’

stem4, the award winning teenage mental health charity has launched their new app Clear Fear aimed to help children and young people manage anxiety. It is available to download free from the App Store and Google Play.  Clear Fear joins the stem4 Calm Harm app, which has been downloaded nearly 900,000 times worldwide to date and continues to receive excellent reviews on the App Store and Google Play, currently rated 4.5/5 on both.  It has also won many prestigious awards and has met the standards required to be included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has been featured in the London Design Museum.

Clear Fear provides a range of ways to help children and young people manage anxiety and is recommended for young people aged 11-19 but can be used by a younger group with the support of a parent or carer.  Developed by the CEO and founder of stem4, Dr Nihara Krause, who is a renowned clinical psychologist, with feedback from young people, Clear Fear uses a Cognitive Behavioural framework to help change anxious thoughts and emotions, alter anxious behaviour and calm fear responses. Anxiety is a natural response to fear, threat and apprehension.  However when anxiety is extreme or goes on for a long time, or the response to a threat is disproportionately large and affects a person negatively, it may become an anxiety disorder.  Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and respond very well to psychological treatment. Clear Fear is an aid to treatment but does not replace face-to-face assessment and intervention by a mental health professional.

stem4 is grateful for the Tech for Good Grant from Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as well as several fundraisers who have supported the development of Clear Fear.

stem4 is a Wimbledon based, award winning charity that supports teenage mental health through mental health promotion, provides evidence based mental health education, builds resilience, enhances motivation to change and signposts to early intervention. stem4 focuses on commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-harm and addiction. stem4 works with students, parents and teachers in secondary schools as well as health professionals including GPs and school nurses through their conferences programme and Head-Ed, their digitally delivered workshops suitable for PHSE in schools and is included in the Royal College of GP toolkit.

For information please visit www.stem4.org.uk the new Clear Fear website www.clearfear.co.uk.

UXUK Awards 2018: stem4 Wins Two

stem4 were delighted to have been awarded the Best Not-for-Profit Category Award and the overall Best User Experience Award at the UXUK Awards 2018 for the Calm Harm app which helps young people manage the urge to self-harm. The moderator and host was John Goodall, Bunnyfoot and the panel of 9 judges were from Bunnyfoot, Google, BT, BA, Financial Times, Sainsburys, Whitbread and Lloyds. The judges complimented Calm Harm for meeting all elements of the judging criteria which included content, effectiveness, ease of use, purpose, research and visual design.

 

Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 and clinical creator of Calm Harm said ‘We are thrilled to be acknowledged for the work we do and to receive the best user experience award is acknowledgement of what is at the heart of what we do. We want to provide children and young people with effective digital tools that can enable them to manage psychological difficulties early so that they can make quick recovery.’

 

stem4 are proud to be working with HMA, their tech partners for ‘Calm Harm’.  They attended  the event with Dr Krause.

 

Calm Harm has met the standards required to be  included in the NHS Digital Apps Library and has won several awards and been featured in the London Design Museum.The website www.calmharm.co.uk allows users to find out more about the app, watch an introductory video, view screenshots, read app reviews and order Calm Harm resources such as posters and postcards.

Support for Wimbledon charities stem4 and Wimbledon Guild

stem4 and Wimbledon Guild benefit from Autumn Quarter Marathon with funds raised by the Wimbledon Windmilers and Triathlon Club

                                                                                   

stem4 was one of the charities to benefit from funds raised by the many runners who participated in the new Autumn Quarter Marathon race presented by the Wimbledon Windmilers Runners and Triathlon Club on Wimbledon Common. stem4 and the Wimbledon Guild were each presented with a cheque for £1000 on Sunday 4 November by Chiara Samele of the Wimbledon Windmilers.

Dr Nihara Krause, CEO and Founder of stem4 said:”A huge thank you to the Wimbledon Windmilers for organising the Quarter Marathon and for their donation.  We are very grateful to be recognised and supported by the local community for the work we do with young people, their parents and schools.  This donation will help us continue to provide our focus on early detection and intervention.”

In the photo, left to right

Ralph Gilbert (Wimbledon Windmiler Race Organiser) Jo Manley (stem4 trustee) Bronte (young volunteer) Nihara Krause (CEO stem4) Yvette Neisloni (volunteer stem4 who also made delicious cakes with the stem4 logo for the stand which were a great success) Chiara Samiele (Windmiler Race organiser) Adele Farquharson (Wimbledon Guild)