Self harm training for mental health professionals

Harmless today will be delivering self harm training to Derby City and Derby County mental health professionals. We hope that we say gives people a better understanding of self harm, but moreso that it enables their confidence and compassion in working with those that self harm.

Harmless Director in the running for mum of the year award

Harmless Director and co-founder, Caroline Roe has been short listed for Tesco Mum of The Year Award. Following her own significant struggle with self harm, Caroline made a full recovery and now works as a psychotherapist within the service that she set up to ensure that no one else should go unsupported.
Caroline was written off by many professionals as a time waster and an attention seeker, yet she fought against the odds to take back her life and help others.

Now many years on she aspires to be a good role model to others in despair but namely to her one year old son.

“Being a mum is something that I never thoughts I’d have and is the best thing I have ever done. I don’t do what I do for recognition, but because I love my son and want to be the best mum I can be for him and the best person I can be, in helping others.”

Tomorrows Nottingham Evening Post will be featuring this story in more details, or you can check out the awards at #TescoMumOfTheYear or here:

Capital fm speak to Harmless about self harm

This morning Capital fm will be running a feature about self harm. Caroline was interviewed today about Harmless’ experience of working with people that self harm and the recent rise that has been reported by the NHS. Harmless echo the rise observed by the NHS and talk about the trends in self harm that they experience and how they help both young and older people who self harm.

Let us know what you think of the media features we have been involved in this week.

Harmless about to speak on BBC Radio Nottingham about self harm

Caroline is about to speak on BBC Radio Nottingham about Harmless’ work in the East Midlands. We will be commenting upon the new statistics that suggest a 68% rise in young people going to hospital for self harm and how we might help.
Harmless provides support to carers and training for professionals- lets hope we get the message out!

Harmless talk on Gem fm

Harmless Director Caroline, speaks on local radio station Gem fm this morning about harmless’ work with people who self harm. She discusses the types of issues people are facing with self harm and also how to get help for self harm. Harmless have also been asked to comment on the recent report in the rise of self harm in young people going to hospital for self harm. We hope this is another step forwards in challenging the stigma around self harm and uniting some action to improve services.

NHS statistics suggest dramatic rise in self harm

Today new statistics from the NHS suggest that attendances at hospital for treatment of self harm are on the rise.

Figures from the NHS show there has been a steady rise in the number of under-25s in England admitted to hospital after hurting themselves deliberately over the last 10 years.

Just under 38,000 young people were treated in 2010, compared to 22,555 in 2001.

The Department of Health says it’s working on new training resources aimed at helping those who work with young people to deal with mental health problems.

See the article here, which also suggests that many teaching and healthcare staff still don’t know how best to support someone that is self harming, and the priority need is for increased and improved training resources.

See the articles here:


Another tragic suicide after girl visits self harm and eating disorder sites

Harmless is backing the call for more responsible legislation to govern material on websites about self harm. Following another tragic suicide of a 15 year old girl, harmless joins organisations like the Samaritans and Beat in it’s plea for websites promoting or glamorising eating disorders, self harm and suicide to be controlled.

Let us know your thoughts, and read the tragic article highlighting the desperate need for this move here:

Harmless roll out training sessions on self harm

Harmless are delivering a number of training days on self harm over the next 12 months. The training is aimed at giving professionals a better understanding of self harm, improved confidence in working with self harm and a greater range of skills for helping. If you would like to learn more or to book a place, please follow this link:

Study suggests people who self harm suffer more with physical health

It is well known that people with mental health problems are less likely to get the help that they need with physical health problems and are therefore more likely to experience poorer physical health and earlier death. Harmless have been thinking about what this means for people that self harm, and how we ensure individuals who self harm are supported with all of their medical needs. We found this recent article that talks about these very issues. Let us know if you have thoughts about this, or any other issues relating to the needs of people that self harm.

Be the first…

Be the first to buy something from our new Harmless shop; we have a new format to make it easier for you to buy self harm products. We have our DVD, workbook and poetry book as well as a new stress ball. Have a look now by following the links at the top of our page; every penny raised will go straight to helping provide self harm services for people in distress.