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.
Supporting children with safe media coverage When disasters or traumatic events occur they’re often given constant media coverage. It can seem like every time you turn on the TV, radio or go online there is more news about the event, who has been hurt and what is happening in the immediate aftermath. Media coverage during times of disaster or traumatic events is important: it can provide those who are affected with news and information about where to go, how to get help and when it’s safe to return to their homes. However, many people, including children and families, can become absorbed by the constant news stream about the event and sometimes they can watch or listen for hours. Impact of too much media exposure Adults need to be mindful of how much exposure their children have to coverage of disasters or traumatic events on TV, radio or the internet. The media often focus on the most frightening aspects of an event and this coverage can contain graphic, scary and disturbing images. Seeing this type of media coverage can cause distress or worry for children. Children will also often discuss what they have seen in the media with each other. As a result, even though your children may not watch coverage constantly at home, they are still exposed to it through their friends and chatter on social media. Media coverage can have an impact on children in the following ways: • they can feel that they are unsafe and that something bad may happen to them or their family • they can be led to think this event is happening constantly, rather than one event being replayed • they can spend a great deal of time thinking about the event, which can affect their sleep and time at school • they may be anxious that the same sort of event may happen to them or their family. The more media coverage children see, the more likely they are to become afraid or upset. How to help your child It’s important that parents, carers and other family members help children to cope with the media coverage that they may see of a disaster or traumatic event. Some recommended ways to manage this include: • try to be there with your children when they are watching coverage of the event. This way you can talk to them about their fears and answer any questions they may have • speak to children about the event in language they will understand, and set limits on the amount of time that they are able to watch TV or internet coverage of the event • explain to your children why you are doing this, that you don’t want them to worry unnecessarily, and that adults are managing things • provide alternative activities for your children to take them away from the media coverage, such as watching a different TV show or playing a game • give your children information to help them to understand what’s happened, why it’s happened, how likely this is to happen to you and your family • remind your children that while what’s happening in the traumatic event is upsetting, there are also lots of good things happening in the world, though these don’t always receive the same level of attention • reassure your children that they’re safe and that you’re there to answer their questions • provide support and comfort to them if they’re upset or feeling unsafe. Talking to your children and continuing to follow the normal routines and rhythms of your daily life are important ways to help them feel safe and secure. Keep in mind that if your children begin to show signs of excessive worry or distress at the media coverage they have seen, you may need to speak to your GP or another health professional. This incredibly helpful and useful resource was written by Professor Beverley Raphael and Amanda Harris, with updates in June 2018 by Nicola Palfrey. Downloadable leaflet containing all information can be found here: https://d2p3kdr0nr4o3z.cloudfront.net/content/uploads/2018/09/11091906/Disasters-the-Media-and-Children.pdf
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In the News: Scottish mental health legislation to be reviewed Mental health care in Scotland is currently underpinned by laws which date back to 2003, and MSPs have faced calls for an update. The government said a special review group would examine the latest developments in care and treatment. The "ambitious" move was welcomed by the Mental Welfare Commission and opposition parties at Holyrood. It follows on from work already under way to review incapacity law and practice and a review of learning disability and autism. The chairperson of the review group is to be announced in due course, while the study itself is expected to take roughly a year. The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 was designed to strengthen the rights and protections of people with mental illnesses, learning disabilities and personality disorders, placing duties on local councils to provide care and support services for them. A petition had been lodged at Holyrood urging ministers to "conduct a wide review" of legislation, in light of developments both in care and treatment and international human rights law. Mental Health Minister Clare Haughey told MSPs that "the time is right" to review the law, to make sure that rules "fully reflect our ambitions and the needs of those our laws are intended to support". She said: "The Scottish government is absolutely committed to bringing change to people's lives and ensuring that mental health is given parity with physical health. "As part of the review we want to gather views from as wide a range of people as possible and I am determined to ensure that the views of service users, those with lived experience and those that care for them are front and centre so they can help shape the future direction of our legislation." Opposition parties welcomed Ms Haughey's Holyrood statement, saying the 2003 Act had been "groundbreaking" at the time but was now in need of an update. Colin McKay, chief executive of the Mental Welfare Commission, said the group would support the "ambitious project" in any way it could. He said: "Working together with professionals and with people with lived experience, Scotland has the opportunity to create new legislation that can bring real improvement to the care and treatment of some of the most vulnerable members of our community." Link to original blog: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-47629868
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When disasters or traumatic events occur they’re often given constant media coverage. It can seem like every time you turn on the TV, radio or go online there is more news about the event, who has been hurt and what …
Mental health care in Scotland is currently underpinned by laws which date back to 2003, and MSPs have faced calls for an update. The government said a special review group would examine the latest developments in care and treatment. The
Research has revealed that over a third of education professionals are expected to leave their job by 2020, highlighting the importance of teacher mental health and the need to address this crisis According to a recent study, more than ha