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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.


Our fourth national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘Our young people: Intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’. Get your tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019 £150 per delegate place* Or 2 delegate places for £200* Speakers: - Dr Nav Kapur - Dr ​Alys Cole-King - Prof. Siobhan O’Neill - Dr Sarah Cassidy Harmless recognises that self harm affects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work. This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience. Our conference is themed around five strategic areas: - Collaborative partnership - Service user representation - Effective practice - Driving change - Overcoming stigma and discrimination Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm. Get your tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019


Click the following link for more info and to book your tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019


In the News: Children’s mental health initiative ‘highly commended’ An initiative to improve the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in schools across Cheshire East has been highly commended, at a Liverpool event. The scheme encourages young people to talk to trained school staff about their troubles and anxieties, so they can be addressed before they impact on the child’s health and wellbeing. The project is an innovative response to address the mental health needs of children and young people across the borough and this has been recognised by the shortlisting judges at Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative – a national organisation geared to highlight best practice in mental health and wellbeing. A multi-agency group, called the Emotionally Healthy Schools’ project, was set up to tackle the issue back in 2016 and aims to develop teaching staff to ensure they meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of their students. In Cheshire East, almost 12,500 children and young people are estimated to have a mental health disorder – this equates to 13 per cent of the population aged up to 24 years. The partnership comprises: Cheshire East Council, local schools, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust ( CWP ), NHS Eastern Cheshire and South Cheshire CCGs and the charities Visyon and Just Drop In. Their work is helping more children and young people to ‘feel good and function well’. The ethos of the group is to ensure children focus on improving their resilience and focuses on making it acceptable to ask for support. There are almost 50 teaching staff based at schools across Cheshire East and they have received specialised training to: Identify signs that might suggest someone is depressed or feeling extremely low; Recognise risk and identify key risk factors of unhappiness/low morale; Have increased confidence to ask direct questions about personal issues; and List key support services available for young people who feel depressed; The success recognised the success of health and social care bodies that adopt a strategic approach to meeting the needs of children and young people who need help and protection, including early intervention. Councillor Jos Saunders, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We are delighted to have been highly commended for this prestigious national award. It’s also re-assuring to see we are ahead of the game and trail blazing best practice. The mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people is vitally important to a good experience of childhood and determining long-term health into adulthood. “The scale of our aspirations in this area knows no bounds and I am so proud of the strength of our relationship with schools, the health service and other key agencies. We have ambitious plans for a new ‘Emotionally Healthy Children and Young People Programme’ extending the offer to early year’s education and parenting support that will offer a single point of access to services.” Robert Lupton, team co-ordinator for emotionally healthy schools links team Cheshire East, fromCWP , said: “Emotionally Healthy Schools is playing an important role in equipping role in equipping teachers with the skills to respond to the social, emotional and mental health needs of the children and young people they work with. “The project is something that is very close to my heart and to see it recognised in such a way just reinforces that we are making a positive difference.” Jane Henry, project manager for the Tools for Schools element of the project said: “As part of the project, Visyon has trained more than 2,000 staff members in schools. We have also been working directly with more than 500 children to help build their resilience and promote health and well-being. In addition, we have delivered approximately 150 workshops to staff, governors and parents and all the feedback received has been excellent.” The positive news came the day after the announcement of the appointment of Jackie Doyle-Price, the first ever ‘Minister for Suicide Prevention’ in the UK as well as World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Link to original blog: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/media_hub/media_releases/16102018-children's-mental-health-initiative-'highly-commended'.aspx

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From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019 Posted Thursday 18th October 2018

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’. JOIN US £150 pe

Walk, run and ride for Harmless Posted Wednesday 17th October 2018

“Walk, run, ride and music fest! I am delighted to let you all know that we made £445 from yesterday’s event for Harmless. Thanks once again to the Marshalls, chefs, musicians – you are all stars”. What an enormous achi

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019 Posted Monday 15th October 2018

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’. JOIN US £150 pe

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019 Posted Friday 12th October 2018

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’. JOIN US £150 pe

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019 Posted Friday 12th October 2018

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’. JOIN US £150 pe