The MIND service awards open for nomination: let’s get work in the field of self harm recognised!

All in the Mind 25th Anniversary Awards are now open for nominations.

Have you faced mental health difficulties now or in the past?

Is there a person, project or group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to offer the support or advice that made a real difference to your life? If so, this is your chance to enter them for the new All in the Mind 25th Anniversary Awards.

Harmless would hope to see a range of mental health services represented across the board and hope that self harm services and work in the field of self harm or suicide prevention, be recognised alongside other mental health services.

Get involved!

You can nominate for the awards or get more information by following this link

There are three categories:
Individual Award: An individual family member, friend, boss or colleague who offered significant support.

Professional Award: A mental health professional whose dedication, help and support made a really significant difference to you. This could be a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, social worker, nurse, volunteer or other professional

Project Award:A mental health project or group you took part in, which made a big difference to your recovery or the way you cope.

How to enter
To enter the award, please email us at including:

Your name
Your email address
A telephone number that we can reach you on.
The name of your nominee and the category you are nominating them for.
Then in no more than 500 words describe why you think your nominee made a significant difference to you. Please use examples, if possible, of how they showed greater than expected compassion, understanding or practical assistance.
Please note that any entries which do not include all of the requested information or which go over the word limit will result in the entry being disqualified.

Harmless highly commended at National Positive Practice Awards in Mental Health 2013.

Last night, representatives of Harmless attended ‘The National Positive Practice Awards in Mental Health 2013’ in Sheffield.  We were nominated in the category of ‘Innovative Services in Mental Health Award’ which recognises a project or service that demonstrates innovation in the development and operation of a service supporting people with mental health problems either in-patient or community based.

The team had a really enjoyable night and were really proud to be part of such a wonderful celebration. Unfortunately on this occasion we did not win the award however, we are really happy to report that Harmless was highly commended by the judging panel, which was made up of distinguished leaders in the field of mental health, for our excellent work in the field of self harm and mental health. Although we are disappointed not to win, we were encouraged that not only were we shortlisted from over 50 organisations in our category, but we were one of only two projects from Nottingham who were nominated in all categories. Our organisation, and the work we do, has been recognised on a national level and this is a positive step for our project.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate not only the winners on the night, but also all those who were nominated and particularly those who organised the event. It was really reassuring that there are many organisations and individuals who are looking to make a positive difference in the field of mental health and we very much want to be part of that. We will continue to work hard for all those who are affected by self harm and mental health.


Harmless once again deliver specialist self harm training. Book on to our next course: January 16th 2014.

Our trainer, Satveer, is once again delivering specialist training today on the topic of self harm and working with self harm. As most of you are aware, self harm can be an extremely complex and painful issue to face, for the individuals who self harm, and for those that they go to for help and support. As professionals, the interaction that you have with someone that self harms has the capacity to help or hinder that person’s recovery.  Professional training, development and support are essential to ensure that we have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to make a positive difference to the life of someone is self harming, and to ensure that we feel comfortable and confident in our roles.

Our next ‘Introduction to self harm and working with self harm’ training is on January 16th 2014. Book your place today! Places are going quickly.

Our  training days provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. Although there is some opportunity for delegates to explore the impact upon them in their own professional arenas, the training is non-specific to a particular field.

Our training days cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. The cost is £110 per person, or £99 for charities and for those booking 5 or more places. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

To book a place you can either; visit our Harmless store by clicking here, contact our team by emailing, or by calling 01159 348 445. (Please note: this is an admin number only and not a helpline).

Harmless to find out tomorrow if they have won an award at ‘The Breakthrough Positive Practice Awards in Mental Health 2013’

Harmless will find out tomorrow if they have won an award at the ‘The Breakthrough Positive Practice Awards in Mental Health 2013.’ Representatives of Harmless, who are nominated for the vital work we do in the field of self harm and mental health,  will attend the awards celebration in Sheffield tomorrow night.

Harmless is short-listed for the ‘The Innovative service award’ which is given to a project or service that can demonstrate innovation in the development and operation of a service supporting people with mental health problems, either in-patient or community based.

Although we are extremely proud to be nominated, we have our fingers crossed that we can go on and win! We work  hard to establish ourselves as a leading voice around self harm and continue to change the lives of the people we support now and in the future. This award is about identifying and disseminating positive practice and highlights the work we do around self harm on a national level.

Self harm drop-in tomorrow for young people (11-21 years)

Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th December) Harmless will be hosting another self harm drop in session for young people. If you are aged 11-21, and would like support for yourself,  a friend or family member then feel free to come alone. Our trained therapists will be on hand to offer information or advice about any concerns you may have about self harm.

All drop ins will take place at the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service building, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

If you would like further information please email
For those who can’t make it tomorrow or would like to join us at our adult drop in instead, then please see below for future drop in dates:
  • Wednesday 4th December 14:30-15:30 – Young Person’s drop in (Ages 11-21)
  • Wednesday 8th January 14:30-15:30 – Adult drop in (Ages 18+)
  • Wednesday 5th February 14:30-15:30 – Young Person’s drop in (Ages 11-21)
  • Wednesday 5th March 14:30-15:30 – Adult drop in (Ages 18+)
  • Wednesday 2nd April 14:30-15:30 – Young Person’s drop in (Ages 11-21)


Study into adolescents suicide notes released

In 2010 more people died by suicide than were killed in war, by murder, or in natural disasters. In Norway, the location of a heart-rending new study of suicide notes left by children and young teens, suicide is the second leading cause of death for this age group. We need urgently to do more to understand why so many young people are taking their own lives.

The researchers Anne Freuchen and Berit Grøholt predicted that, given their immaturity, the young authors of suicide notes would show signs of confusion. Also, because diagnoses of mental illness are lower in children and young teens, the researchers predicted that the notes would show fewer signs of inner pain compared with notes left by older teens and adults.

In all, Freuchen and Grøholt had access to 23 suicide notes left by 18 youths (average age 14; 5 girls) who took their own lives between 1993 and 2004. They also interviewed the children’s parents and referred to police reports. For comparison, the researchers also interviewed the parents of 24 youths who died by suicide during the same period but did not leave a note.

Analysing the notes revealed ten themes, each of which was present in three or more of the notes: they were addressed to someone (most often parents); the author gave reasons for the suicide; they declared their love; expressed a settlement with themselves (e.g. “it’s better for me to be dead”); expressed a settlement with someone else (e.g. “I do this for you, dad”); asked for forgiveness; expressed good wishes (e.g. “good luck in the future”); expressed aggression (e.g. “you bastards”); over half included instructions (e.g. “give Peter Playstation 2”); and just under half expressed inner pain.

Contrary to their predictions, Freuchen and Grøholt said that “the notes are coherent and do not reveal confusion or overwhelming emotions. The children and young adolescents emphasise their consciousness of what they are about to do and they take full responsibility.”

According to the parental interviews, the children and teens who left the notes had not sought help with the issues that led to their suicide. At the same time, they had communicated their thoughts about suicide more often than those who didn’t leave notes. One has to wonder why this did not trigger more effective preventive action. Similarly, three of the notes took the form of school essays, and yet none of them were acted upon by school authorities.

The fact that many of the notes conveyed declarations of love and gave explanations suggests, the researchers said, that the authors were well aware of the implications of their actions. “These children and adolescents somehow retain their dignity,” the researchers said. “They act like decent people do, they bear their pain alone, and even manage to take care of others by leaving detailed instructions with respect to giving away their assets.”

Harmless and Tomorrow Project host stall today in Beeston

Our clinical coordinator, Adrienne Grove and counsellor, Kirsty, will be holding a stall at Beeston Community Centre this afternoon in support of
World Aids Day. If you’d like to find out more about Harmless or
the Tomorrow Project then come along where they will be able to tell
you about our work in the field of self harm and suicide
prevention. If you’re interested in getting some support for
yourself or someone that you are concerned about, then we want to
answer your questions and help in any way we can. We also provide
lots of other services: we deliver self harm and suicide prevention
training, publish books and resources on the subjects, provide
email support and work with schools. Come along to find out