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Self Harm Support at Harmless

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

Harmless was set up by people who understand self harm 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. We would also encourage everyone who feels able to complete our self harm questionnaires as this will help us develop a better awareness of who is accessing Harmless and the kind of difficulties they face.

Funding for Self Harm Services

Harmless now deliver a range of services. We previously delivered these under contract with Nottinghamshire Heathcare Trust but these funds were lost due to the financial cuts. However, we still deliver monthly drop in sessions where people can get support and information about self harm and we offer one to one therapy sessions.

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

The Harmless Advisory Group

We are always looking for people to join our advisory group, and to help out with all aspects of the project, for anyone who is interested in helping out in any way; click here if you'd like to support our efforts and help people who self harm for more details.

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Harmless Workbook: Working Through Self Harm Harmless Workbook

Available in an electronic format, 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 New DVD Available

New to Harmless: our DVD. 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.

To see an extract, or to learn how to order yourself a copy, please follow this link.

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Why mental health is all about money. Harmless was set up in 2007 by two people who had faced and overcome self harm and mental health problems. It would be fair to say 'they had a dream' [of a service, that would save lives] however cliche that sounds. Unfortunately, that desire to develop a self harm service was born out of a catalogue of negative liaisons with namely NHS services. This post isn't written to criticise that provision, or dissect some of the tragic experiences that our directors had with statutory provision, but to critique these events and find a positive way to use them to create change in the future. Our job is to collaborate well with existing services, but to do something different. Self harm provision is slim. Fact. If you are under 18, you will hopefully be offered some help via the NHS but not always and usually, not for very long. With the evidence indicating that some shift/change can be observed if people are seen for 12 weeks (or more) and with services placed under increasing financial pressure, it is unlikely that a young person will be offered that amount of help. If you are over 18, this isn't the same story unfortunately and as many of you will know- it can be a battle to be heard or offered any help at all. NHS resources are slim in this field. There just isn't the help. Nationwide there have been cuts in the amount of health provision. Mental health services have been hit hardest by these financial cuts. Self harm support was limited even before these changes, and while we observe increases in self harm amongst the general population we still don't have the services in place to respond to this well. It's a frustrating issue to observe, just as much for the healthcare professionals as it is us. Whilst we have no funding for work with adults over 25, and only some for those individuals under 25 we are in a privileged position in many ways, to not be the NHS. We get to see what helps people, and provide THAT. We get to ask them what THEY need and still have the flexibility to respond to that. The people who come to us for help are able to stick with us until they see real change; they don't have to be 'diagnosed' in order to receive our help- and we have the time to spend to really truly get to know someone and understand what is happening for them. Self harm happens for a reason. Taking time to understand that and work with that thoroughly enables us to be effective at what we do. In a time where the NHS is being squeezed so tightly that it runs the risk of losing some of it's credibility, we are glad to be independent. But in order to stay that way, we need to raise the funds to keep responding to the ever growing referral rate of people self harming. That's why mental health is all about money- without it we all cease to exist: the work that we do fails to be long enough, specialist enough, thorough enough. Our effectiveness becomes reduced. We need to value the emotional needs of society just as we value the physical health of those people and invest as equally and readily to stop the ever increasing spiral of mental health difficulties, self harm and suicide in this country. If you believe in what we do and want to help, click here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=85"
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There’s still tickets available for our annual celebration event Posted on September 29, 2014 by Hayley Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are commun...

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Are you coming to celebrate with us? There’s still tickets available for our annual celebration event on Friday 10th October http://www.harmless.org.uk/blog/theres-still-tickets-available-for-our-annual-celebration-event.html
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There’s still tickets available for our annual celebration event Posted on September 29, 2014 by Hayley Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community…

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Upcoming EventsView Calendar Harmless Celebration Event 10/10/2014   6.30pm - 11.00pm The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen, Trent Bridge Buildings, West Bridgford, Nottingham, United Kingdom (map) Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community projects that help young people and adults who are in distress and who self harm, or at risk of suicide. For the past 7 years we have been helping people across Nottinghamshire to overcome their difficulties and move towards recovery by providing psychological support, advice and therapy. We have grown in stature and reputation, working closely with local people to ensure that people that are in distress get the help that they need to turn their lives around. We currently receive no statutory funding and despite the clear need for our services we are struggling to meet the demand upon us. The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night! To book tickets please click the link below. Hurry! Tickets are limited. http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Events/Harmless-celebration-public (add to my calendar) Harmless Celebration Event 10/10/2014   6.30pm - 11.00pm The Riverbank Bar and Kitchen, Trent Bridge Buildings, West Bridgford, Nottingham, United Kingdom (map) Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community projects that help young people and adults who are in distress and who self harm, or at risk of suicide. For the past 7 years we have been helping people across Nottinghamshire to overcome their difficulties and move towards recovery by providing psychological support, advice and therapy. We have grown in stature and reputation, working closely with local people to ensure that people that are in distress get the help that they need to turn their lives around. We currently receive no statutory funding and despite the clear need for our services we are struggling to meet the demand upon us. The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night! To book tickets please click the link below. Hurry! Tickets are limited. http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Events/Harmless-celebration-public (add to my calendar) Adult Drop In (Ages 18+) 5/11/2014   2.30pm - 3.30pm Harmless, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom (map) This service is for anyone who would like support for either themselves or others. Our trained therapists will be on hand to offer information or advice about any concerns you may have or if anybody would like more information about the work and services that Harmless offers.Two drop in services will be available on a bi-monthly basis for young people aged 11-21 and adults aged 18+ (add to my calendar) Latest News
Mental health is all about money Posted 01/10/2014 20:49

Why mental health is all about money. Harmless was set up in 2007 by two people who had faced and overcome self harm and mental health problems. It would be fair to say ‘they had a dream’ [of a service, that would save lives] ...

There’s still tickets available for our annual celebration event Posted 29/09/2014 14:34

Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community projects that help young people and ad...

Harmless are recruiting counsellors and therapists Posted 23/09/2014 14:58

  Harmless are recruiting counsellors and therapists Harmless are looking to recruit counsellors and therapists to work with clients who experience mental health problems and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and ...

Self Harm and Young People Training Day – 20th November 2014 Posted 23/09/2014 12:02

What this training day provides? This training concentrates on self harm from the perspective of young people. Harmless are a specialist service and leading organisation in the field of self harm and have years of experience of wor...