Support at Harmless
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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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. 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.
Happy Easter, from all at Harmless Easter, similar to other holidays, can be a stressful and difficult time for anyone. For some, it means a long weekend spent with families, having a get-together with food and chocolate. Unfortunately for others, it can be a deeply stressful occasion. Before Easter weekend approaches, take some time to stop and think about your needs. What is best for you? What will you enjoy? – How do you want to spend this break? Your needs are as important as those around you and they shouldn’t go unnoticed. If you are faced with anything difficult it’s okay to change your mind and say no. Perhaps if you wanted to, you could extend a hand to someone who may be spending Easter alone? A cup of tea can make such a difference. Easter should be a joyful and peaceful time, and this may look different for everyone; after all, we are all unique beautiful beings! Happy Easter from all of us at Harmless, and remember, your needs are important #selfcare Our service will be closed on Good Friday (19/04/2019), Easter weekend and bank holiday Monday. We will re-open the following Tuesday (23/04/2019), thank you for your understanding. If you need immediate support please call Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 116 123.
FREE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS & SUICIDE PREVENTION COURSES SPACES AVAILABLE APRIL DATES Let’s Talk Training are working with Nottinghamshire County Council to deliver FREE training to volunteers, those involved in mental health community schemes and third sector frontline staff working or living in Nottinghamshire. DATES & AREAS Module 2 Bassetlaw Wednesday 24th April Module 3 Mansfield 26th April Module 4 Newark & Sherwood 29th April Module 4 Rushcliffe 30th April Module 2: This course is for third sector frontline staff who work with adults (18+) with low level mental health support needs i.e. Those with undiagnosed mental health conditions or those with low mood or worry. Module 3: This course is for third sector frontline staff who work with adults (18+) with medium level mental health support needs who may have one or more coexisting conditions. Module 4: This course is for third sector frontline staff who work with adults (18+) who are vulnerable to suicide risk. To register your interest please visit our Eventbrite link here: http://harmless.eventbrite.com Or speak to a member of the team: email@example.com or 0115 880 0281
Sesame Street Introduces Viewers to Julia's Family as Part of Its Autism Initiative Sesame Street is expanding the storyline of resident muppet Julia, who is on the autism spectrum, as part of Autism Acceptance Month this April. As part of the initiative, viewers will get to meet her family — including her parents, big brother and dog — for the first time. In 2015, Sesame Workshop launched “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” an online initiative introducing Julia as a digital character in a storybook called “We’re Amazing, 1,2,3.” Sesame Workshop spent five years on the initiative, consulting with 250 organizations and experts within the autism community. Julia made her on-air debut in April 2017 and has since been a regular character on the show. “We’re thrilled to expand Julia’s world with her parents, big brother, and her adorable dog, Rose, in our new resources,” Sherrie Westin, president of global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, said. “Children with autism often face unique challenges, as do their parents and siblings. But every family faces challenges of some sort, which is why we are focusing on what all families have in common. In a family, everyone has different roles, challenges, and strengths, and everyone can learn from one another.” Through Julia, kids learn that while some kids with autism may be able to speak, verbal communication can be challenging, resulting in single words and sometimes, when overwhelmed, the use of a communication board. The show has highlighted other characteristics of autism, such as stimming, and how to respect the boundaries of someone who prefers minimal physical touch. The new videos and materials are available in English and Spanish. “The response to Julia and our ‘See Amazing in All Children’ initiative has been nothing short of amazing,” Westin said. “Our goal is to increase understanding, to increase awareness, to increase empathy. And by helping others understand, and by helping autistic children feel less alone, Julia is changing the world.” On April 8, HBO and PBS KIDS will premiere a Julia-focused Sesame Street episode. Julia’s friends, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Alan play “hair salon” with Julia to help her better cope with an upcoming haircut. According to Sesame Street, this segment was created as a response to families who asked for resources addressing common challenges for children on the autism spectrum. In addition to introducing new resources and characters to further develop narratives surrounding autism, Sesame Workshop is expanding its autism initiative by partnering with Barnes & Noble. On April 6, the bookstore chain will hold a sensory-friendly reading of the “Family Forever” storybook and accompanying activities in over 600 locations. The 2018 digital storybook will be released as a hardcover edition by Random House. Sesame Workshop will also participate in the World Autism Awareness Day Symposium in Japan by joining the Tokyo Tower lighting ceremony.
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Easter, similar to other holidays, can be a stressful and difficult time for anyone. For some, it means a long weekend spent with families, having a get-together with food and chocolate. Unfortunately for others, it can be a deeply ̷
SPACES AVAILABLE APRIL DATES Let’s Talk Training are working with Nottinghamshire County Council to deliver FREE training to volunteers, those involved in mental health community schemes and third sector frontline staff working or living
Sesame Street is expanding the storyline of resident muppet Julia, who is on the autism spectrum, as part of Autism Acceptance Month this April. As part of the initiative, viewers will get to meet her family — including her parents, ̷