Jobs vacancies available to support self harm and suicide prevention work

Harmless have a number of job vacancies available, to support it’s self harm and suicide prevention work.

The vacancies available are:

Self harm and suicide prevention worker, 10 hour minimum per week, 26,036pa pro rata – 1 year contract to begin;

Sessional counsellor, £13.50 per session;

Administration assistant, 20 hours per week, 16,354pa pro rata – 1 year contract to begin;

Please click here for job specifications and application forms.

The deadline for applications is Monday the 20th at midday. Prompt start for all positions.

Rise in self harm by poisoning

A rise in the rate of self harm by self poisoning has been reported today in the media. In the last ten years, the rates have risen from 79,000 attendances at A&E to 114,000; a rise of c.50%.

Harmless Director spoke to 5 Live and Gem fm today to discuss this issue and to raise awareness of how people can seek help.

Historically, the general public has perceived self harm by poisoning (overdosing etc) as a suicide attempt. Many people who might have self harmed in this manner would disagree; self harming can take any form and the intention is to cope with distressing experiences and feelings and not to end life.

However, self poisoning is an extremely dangerous thing to engage in and is a sign that someone is really struggling with their emotions. Make sure they are given the opportunity to talk and seek help as soon as possible.

Partnership in self harm work

Today members of the Harmless self harm team are spending time with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and their training department. Together we are looking at how we can help to support staff in the NHS who might be working with those who self harm.

Lets hope that together we can find some solutions and enable better practice with those that self harm.