Manage panic attacks as they happen

Designed by clinical psychologists, CalmKeeper helps you build skills to manage moments of stress and uncertainty.

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CalmKeeper - Manage panic attacks as they happen

Understanding anxiety

We can begin to overcome our anxiety once we understand why it happens.


When anxiety becomes panic

Everyone experiences anxiety. Whether because of a big exam or speech, these anxious feelings typically pass when the source of stress does. However, when these symptoms occur without any real danger, that’s when our anxiety elevates to panic.

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Natural instinct

It's natural to experience anxiety. Our bodies interpret all threats as predators. When we experience anxiety our bodies react accordingly - sweating increases, breathing and heart rate speed up, etc. This response has kept us alive since the dawn of man.

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How panic works

Panic is avoidable. Once we show symptoms of anxiety, the worst thing we can do is stress because of it. The fear of these symptoms feeds panic and actually increases our physical symptoms. But unmasking this fear is the first step towards recovery.

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How we can help


The more you understand anxiety and panic, the more in control of your situation you become. CalmKeeper's interactive guide teaches you about the roots of panic.


A simple distraction can keep your anxiety from escalating to panic. CalmKeeper's selection of tools distract your focus from frightening thoughts.

Learn Distract Breathe Cope


Maintaining a regular breathing pattern will slow your heart rate and calm you down. CalmKeeper's expanding and contracting orb is a helpful breathing guide.


Coping statements help you overcome bad thoughts. You can use your own statements, or the statements provided by CalmKeeper.

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About CalmKeeper

Why we built CalmKeeper

Panic attacks are common and can happen anywhere - in a meeting, at the supermarket, at a party, alone at home at night or in a crowd. But there's a lack of understanding about how to cope and gain relief from what can be terrifying symptoms.

Panic attacks can be treated and your mind can be put to rest with the right tools. CalmKeeper is a way of putting those tools in your hands.

CalmKeeper provides immediate access to tools that will help you cope in a panic attack. It also helps you learn about panic. Understanding how panic works is the first step to overcoming it. 

We know that people who get panic attacks gain confidence with incremental improvements in managing their situation. Because CalmKeeper is discreet, private
and can go everywhere, we think people
will feel comfort knowing that help is in their pocket or purse.

Designed by clinical psychologists, CalmKeeper is designed to work on its own, or in conjunction with therapy.


Meet Nigel Fairley

Nigel Fairley

I am the General Manager for Te-Upoko-me-te-Whatu-o-te-Ika - Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.

This Service has national, central region, sub region and local services, with over 1400 staff. I am also the Director of Area Mental Health Services for the three DHBs (the role responsible for the administration of the law in mental health services).

From 1998 until 2015 I was the Clinical Director (and Director of Area Mental Health Services) of Capital & Coast DHB Regional Forensic Mental Health Services (adult and youth).

I am a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and within that professional association have held a number of positions. I was the President of the College from September 2006 until April 2012. In 2012 I was awarded the John Bushnell Award for leadership in Clinical Psychology.

The criteria for winning this award is evidence of a sustained and exceptional contribution to the clinical psychology professional, over years to decades, in a range of areas that could include but is not limited to professional affairs, clinical practice, teaching and professional mentorship and research.

I am also the president of the NZ branch of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (ANZAPPL).

Meet Kimberley Sutherland

Kimberley Sutherland

Kimberley works in a private psychology practice in Wellington, New Zealand. As well as private clients, Kimberely works with ACC, NZ police, the Family Court and primary health providers and employment assisted services. She also works for Capital and Coast DHB in Forensic Intellectual Disability Services. 

Kimberley is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists. Her qualifications include a BSc, MSc (Distinction) and Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDip ClinPsyc). In 2008 her research on autobiographical memory was published in the Journal of Clinical Experimental Neuropsychology 2009 July; 31 (5): 575 -83.

Further reading

Visit these sites to read more about panic disorders


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Can I make my own coping statements?

Yes, you can customise your own coping statements - whether in conjunction with your psychologist or by using whatever works for your individual needs.

I have a technical support problem - who do I contact?

For any customer or technical support enquiries, please contact

Will I require internet access to use CalmKeeper?

No, anywhere you can hold your phone you can use CalmKeeper.

Which devices will it work on?

CalmKeeper is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s and iPhone 5.

When will the app be available through Windows and Android?

These are coming soon. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive updates.