FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

Harmless are running FREE Mental Health Awareness training sessions in January for those working with Derbyshire county residents.  Please see below for further details and how to book your place:

Friday 18th January 2019 in Ripley.

To book your place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-ripley-tickets-52351237962

 

Monday 21st January 2019 in Ashbourne.

To book your place, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-ashbourne-tickets-53724378061

If you would like more information on these training sessions, please contact us on 0115 880 0281 or email training@harmless.org.uk.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Christmas Closure

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are taking some well-deserved time off over Christmas as we prepare for what will be a busy 2019!

Services will close on Friday 14th December and reopen the first week in January.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over this past year – your kindest and generosity has literally helped us save lives. We are confident that next year will bring many more achievements as we continue to have significant and positive influence in the field of self harm, suicide and mental health.

2019 will see us hold our fourth national self harm conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ on March 1st (Self Harm Awareness Day) and many more exciting things to come.

On behalf of the team, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

If you need immediate support over the next couple of weeks, please call Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

Did you know we are part of the Co-op Local Community Fund?

The funding round started from Sunday 28th October 2018 and from this date Co-op members can choose Harmless to give their 1% to when they spend on selected own-brand products and services.

The funding period will run for 12 months until the 26 October 2019.

💙 Pop into local east midlands Co-op to support our life saving service 💙

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/19362

NEW Creative Therapy Group for Young People

Harmless will be beginning a new creative therapy group. The creative therapy group will be for individuals aged between 13 and 15 years, with weekly sessions focusing on expression of emotions, connections and self esteem.

The aim of the creative therapy groups is to assist young people to find a way of expression that helps them connect with their emotions. This will include techniques that can be used for self expression and personal growth.

The Creative Therapy Group sessions will be held weekly on a Wednesday Evening 4.30 until 6.30 pm.

If you know of any young people who you think would be interested in attending this group, or to find out more information, please feel free to contact info@harmless.org.uk

Send a card and save a life

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!
Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Send a card, save a life!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes.

£4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

A tribute to Steve in support of our service

“As a tribute to my brother Steve, who tragically took his own life earlier this year after suffering mental health problems, I have produced a 2019 Calendar in his memory.
Steve was extremely creative, his talents expressed through art and music. It is a selection of Steve’s artwork and words taken from his journals that I have used to put together the calendar.
Steve had huge enthusiasm and appetite for life – for exploring, learning, challenging, growing, experiencing all life has to offer
He strove to be the best person he could be, was kind, caring, clever and fun.
Yet even with all his zest for life, insecurities and self-doubt were with him always. Few people would ever have guessed this as he hid it so well.
Sadly, a difficult time in Steve’s life triggered a period of profound anxiety and this became a mental illness that he could not fight his way out of despite heroic efforts to do so.
I have produced the calendar to celebrate and share his talents, to raise awareness that mental health problems can strike any of us at any time and to raise money towards services for people who find themselves battling similar issues.
The Institute of Mental Health are currently fund-raising for the charity “Harmless”, which provides services relating to self-harm and suicide prevention.
All profits from sales of the Calendars will be donated towards this great cause.
The calendars are A3 sized and a good quality print and can be purchased for £10 each plus £3.50 p&p. A Christmas present idea maybe?….
If you would like to order one (or more!) please e-mail me at susan.martin@nottingham.ac.uk
Many thanks for your support, Sue.”
 
From all the team here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, thank you for choosing to support us with this beautiful and touching tribute.
 

How do you take care of your mental health at Christmas?

Christmas can be a challenging time for many people with increased stress levels.

It can be even harder for those of us with mental ill health. It’s important to try to remember to look after your mental health and well being.

Here are some tips that might help.

  • If you are feeling low ring a friend,
  • put on your favourite film
  • Pamper yourself with a warm bath
  • Have your favourite treats

Take small steps to eat well, take gentle exercise and keep active.

Talk – It’s good to talk about your feelings as this can improve your mood and make it a lot easier to deal with the tough times.

Don’t be a stranger –‘take some me time’ along with ensuring that you don’t sped long periods by yourself. It’s really important to look after yourself and stay in touch with others.

Get out and about – keeping up with your regular hobbies and exercise routine as this will help reduce stress and boost your serotonin levels.

Save a life this Christmas!
 
Please support our Christmas Appeal.
 
If you were thinking of donating instead of sending cards, or you’d like to do something good for someone instead of buying a gift – then please think of us.
 
Each year we receive more and more requests for help and hear increasingly tragic stories of loss, yet we still have no statutory funding for our work.
 
For us to even think about delivering the same level of support in 2019 we are going to need your help.
 
Please share our appeal far and wide. However little or much you can afford, every penny will help. Please visit the following link if you would like to make a donation:
 
https://localgiving.org/appeal/harmlesschristmasappeal/

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Send a card, save a life!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes.

£4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

Fundraising calendar in memory of Steve

As a tribute to my brother Steve, who tragically took his own life earlier this year after suffering mental health problems, I have produced a 2019 Calendar in his memory.

Steve was extremely creative, his talents expressed through art and music. It is a selection of Steve’s artwork and words taken from his journals that I have used to put together the calendar.

Steve had huge enthusiasm and appetite for life – for exploring, learning, challenging, growing, experiencing all life has to offer

He strove to be the best person he could be, was kind, caring, clever and fun.

Yet even with all his zest for life, insecurities and self-doubt were with him always. Few people would ever have guessed this as he hid it so well.

Sadly, a difficult time in Steve’s life triggered a period of profound anxiety and this became a mental illness that he could not fight his way out of despite heroic efforts to do so.

I have produced the calendar to celebrate and share his talents, to raise awareness that mental health problems can strike any of us at any time and to raise money towards services for people who find themselves battling similar issues.

The Institute of Mental Health are currently fund-raising for the charity “Harmless”, which provides services relating to self-harm and suicide prevention.

All profits from sales of the Calendars will be donated towards this great cause.

The calendars are A3 sized and a good quality print and can be purchased for £10 each plus £3.50 p&p. A Christmas present idea maybe?….

If you would like to order one (or more!) please e-mail me at susan.martin@nottingham.ac.uk

Many thanks for your support.

Sue

 

On behalf of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team, thank you for supporting our service with such a beautiful and touching tribute to your brother.