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Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals and those at risk of suicide.

Harmless was set up by people who understand these issues and at the heart of our service is a real sense of hope. We know that with the right support and help life can get better. We hope that you find this site a safe and helpful resource.

Feel free to look around and we welcome your thoughts and feedback about our site and services.

Self Harm & Suicide Prevention Services

Harmless now deliver a range of services and also deliver The Tomorrow Project. In the last ten years we have delivered contracted and funded work for a variety of providers, but are largely self-funded through the selling of training etc. This enables us to preserve long-term and compassionate help for all those that need us.

We provide drop-in, crisis café, short and long-term support and psychotherapy. Under The Tomorrow Project we additionally deliver suicide crisis and bereavement services.

For more information or to volunteer your time and fundraising skills to keep these vital services going, please contact us.

The Harmless Approach

We believe in hope and recovery. We place people with lived experience at the heart of our service, ensuring that we deliver a broad range of service options to meet a variety of needs. Working across age and gender we do our very best to surround the people we help with compassion and practical help and support.

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Harmless Workbook: Working Through Self Harm Harmless Workbook

Available in either electronic or hard copy, Harmless have developed this workbook in collaboration with service users, therapists and the Institute of Mental Health to provide a tool that can be used to promote recovery and self reflection amongst people that self harm, encouraging alternative methods of coping.

For more information, or to find out how to buy our workbook, please follow this link.

Out of Harm's Way DVD Harmless DVD

Out of Harm's Way. Through the eyes of those with first hand experience, we examine the nature of self harm, distress and recovery. A resource both for those that self harm and for professionals.

For more information, or to find out how to buy our DVD, please follow this link.


In the News: Members of the Ipswich and east Suffolk clinical commissioning group (CCG), alongside those at the West Suffolk CCG, signed the Time to Change employer pledge. This action signalled their commitment to promoting positive mental health in the workplace. It comes after mental health problems were cited as one of the main causes of absence at work by Time to Change, a campaign launched in 2007 and championed by national charities Mind and Rethink Mental Health. He said: “Our NHS staff are an incredible asset who work hard for the people across east and west Suffolk to commission the best and most effective health services. “There’s no doubt working for the NHS can be challenging. “This is why it is so important that we do all we can to promote good mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace. He added: “Everyone benefits, and we are determined that over the coming months and years we will see happier staff who are feeling more fulfilled in their jobs.” The CCGs have developed an action plan outlining how they will meet the new pledge’s requirements. The plan includes 24 separate actions, which the CCG will look to carry out. This includes offering mental health awareness training by Suffolk Mind to staff members, including line managers, so they can discuss issues with their staff. Another action aims to make mental health discussion a bigger part of back-to-work interviews for staff returning from sickness leave. Jo Loughran is the director of Time to Change campaign – and claimed the pledge will lead to greater staff retention across the NHS. She said: “Everyone’s attitude makes a difference and it’s fantastic to see organisations like the two CCGs taking the lead. “Many leading employers have found that making a strategic commitment to the mental wellbeing of their workforce not only benefits their staff but also their bottom-line, improving productivity and staff retention. “With one in six British workers experiencing mental illness, it’s time for businesses to make a change.” Link to original blog: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/mental-health-pledge-signed-by-suffolk-nhs-groups-1-5846059


In the Media: PR agencies tackling mental health in the workplace The results from the recent PRWeek and PRCA survey reveal that there’s still a huge need for the industry to prioritise employee wellbeing and mental health. More than half the industry has suffered from mental ill health, and it’s troubling that so many cannot talk to their employers about these issues. And worse – so many more believe the industry is not accepting of people with mental ill health. This is clearly unacceptable. It is high time the industry took this matter seriously. PR and comms can be exciting, fast-paced and rewarding, which is why the industry attracts so many talented people. However, it can also be very stressful, which is negatively affecting the mental health of our employees. We can start by de-stigmatising mental ill-health and talking about it more openly. More importantly, we must encourage employers to have the policies in place to help staff who are suffering. However, I am encouraged by the progress the industry has made. In 2017 we launched the PRCA Mental Health Toolkit, which has now been viewed nearly 10,000 times. This issue clearly resonates within our industry. In this toolkit, we featured employers who are leading the way in addressing the issue. I am constantly impressed by agencies which understand that making the workplace more diverse and inclusive is not only the right thing to do, but can have a positive effect on growth. Mischief implemented a coaching platform based on a holistic approach to what motivates their employees, allowing staff to look at what’s important to them outside work.This features in all one-to-one talks with line managers. Forster Communications also prioritises its employees’ mental health, by ensuring they can work flexibly, achieve personal goals and focus on their physical as well as mental health. It was named Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. These agencies understand mental health can’t be treated as a singular issue; it’s part of a wider mission to make the industry more diverse and inclusive. That’s why we launched the PRCA Diversity and Inclusion Guidelines, in which mental health features prominently. Beyond the confines of our industry, this is an issue for everyone at every level, and needs to be a national priority. Collaboration is key. The PRCA has worked with organisations such as Mental Health First Aid and keenly supported and promoted the work of organisations such as MIND and Business and Community in this field. Which is why I was keen to sign an open letter calling for the government to change the law to protect mental health in the workplace and make Mental Health First Aid Mandatory in all workplaces. The letter was signed by 50 other business leaders across several industries. To date, the petition has been signed by more than 200,000 people. There is clearly an appetite to talk about mental health and changes to the law to protect people with mental ill health. I am calling on the industry to take action: follow the example of exemplary businesses, use the resources available to you and, above all, make your workplace a space where employees can openly talk about these issues. Francis Ingham is PRCA director-general and ICCO executive director. Link to original blog: https://www.prweek.com/article/1522530/industry-voice-mental-health-issue-everyone-every-level


This mum is on the run! (The London Marathon!!!) We are incredibly excited to be supported by Sophia Thorne who has taken up the challenge of running the London Marathon for our service. “Well, it's now official......I'm actually going to run The London Marathon!!! Yes, I said RUN!!!!!! 2 years ago I started running using the couch to 5K app but I've never really classed myself as a real runner. I'm going to use this page to share my training (from 5k to 42k now!) and also promote the power running has on my own mental health and that of others I have met along the way. I am running to raise money for The Tomorrow Project which is a local charity very close to my heart. The Tomorrow Project are a suicide prevention charity who not only offer support to those having suicidal thoughts but also are there for the families of those who have taken their own lives. I will share my own personal links with this in a later blog post. Please follow this page, I'm going to need all the support I can get and know I will get this from the wonderful community around me. If you can spare any money after Christmas please sponsor me too if you can! Watch this space for updates! Soph x” https://www.facebook.com/ThisMumisontheRun/ To donate: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/this-mum-is-on-the-run/ From the whole team, good luck Sophia!!! Thank you for helping us save lives. 🥇💙👟

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In the News: Members of the Ipswich and east Suffolk clinical commissioning group (CCG), alongside those at the West Suffolk CCG, signed the Time to Change employer pledge. Posted Tuesday 15th January 2019

This action signalled their commitment to promoting positive mental health in the workplace. It comes after mental health problems were cited as one of the main causes of absence at work by Time to Change, a campaign launched in 2007 …

In the Media: PR agencies tackling mental health in the workplace Posted Monday 14th January 2019

  The results from the recent PRWeek and PRCA survey reveal that there’s still a huge need for the industry to prioritise employee wellbeing and mental health. More than half the industry has suffered from mental ill health, and it

This mum is on the run! (The London Marathon!!!) Posted Friday 11th January 2019

We are incredibly excited to be supported by Sophia Thorne who has taken up the challenge or running the London Marathon for our service.   “Well, it’s now official……I’m actually going to run The London Marathon!!

In the media: Young people ‘turned away’ from NHS mental health support left to hit crisis point, MPs warn Posted Friday 11th January 2019

The NHS is “failing” children and young people with mental health conditions by rejecting them for not having “severe enough” symptoms and then leaving them to reach crisis point, MPs have warned. Currently only three out of 10 chil

New Year, New Training Dates – book now! Posted Wednesday 9th January 2019

Start the New Year with Mental Health training   Let’s Talk Training…   Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 2 day course – 22nd & 23rd January 2019 in Nottingham. Click here to book Adult Mental Heal