The importance of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team attending national self harm and suicide conferences

Earlier in the year, members of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team attended a conference  at The University of Nottingham. The day, which highlighted the challenges of tackling self-harm & suicide in school age children & young people, included a talk and workshop delivered  by our very own Caroline Harroe.

The day also included other keynote speakers, notably Professor Ella Arensman and Professor Rory O’Connor. Naomi Stewart explains the benefits of our team attending such events…

‘As a Counsellor and Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Worker the above conference has developed my understanding of the increased propensity towards self harm and suicide within communities. The focus of this workshop was to define the process by which completed suicides increases the likelihood of further suicides within that social group.

My work practice has been influenced positively in the following ways:

  • Increased dissemination of information relating to suicide and self harm within general public and professional settings.
  • Promotion of health recovery within organisations and the community and in so doing work towards preventing further suicides.
  • Holding a commitment to long term interventions that address the emotional and psychological impact of suicide
  • Continually developing my awareness of information which identifies social factors of risk within schools and local communities.’

Attending conferences is not just about promoting Harmless and Tomorrow Project work, it also gives our staff important CPD opportunities to develop their work and practice.

Feedback on our self harm resources

Harmless offer a range of helpful and supportive resources for people who self harm, their friends and families, carers and professionals. These resources can be used to promote recovery, provide insight and help people move forward with their lives. The money we raise also goes directly towards helping us continue delivering our vital services.

Have you purchased any of our resources?

If you have purchased any of our self harm resources, please provide feedback via our website. The feedback we receive helps us to develop further resources that can be useful to individuals that self harm, their friends, families and professionals. It also helps others to decide which resource may be right for them.

We would really love to hear what you think so, if you have one of our resources, please let us know by following the links below:

To review the Out of Harm’s Way DVD, click here

To review the In Our Own Words book, click here

To review the Working Through Self Harm workbook, click here

To review our self harm policy guidance, click here

You don’t have to have purchased your product via the shop to review a product; if you have any of our resources regardless of where you got them from, you can add a comment.

When reviewing the products please consider: How helpful was the product? Did it help with recovery? Did the resource match the description we provide about the product? Was it value for money? Would you recommend the product to anyone else? What would you like to see included in future products?

Please note: You are not required to fill in your real name (unless you want to). You may prefer to use a pseudonym that doesn’t identify you or remain anonymous.

Harmless and Tomorrow Project team look to reach more people in need

Over the past few weeks Harmless and Tomorrow Project representatives have been busy meeting with educational establishments and service providers across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. This is with the view to enable us to provide details of specialist self harm and suicide prevention work; to continue to offer accessible services and show multi service provision.

Being a small team we have noticed an ever increasing demand upon our service to provide much needed provision for individuals affected by self harm and suicide. We hope that this demand continues to allow us to grow as a service offering support,  therapy, drop-ins, training and consultancy for carers and professionals and therefore enabling us to reach people in need.

For more information about our self harm or suicide prevention work, please email

Harmless add another ‘self harm and young people’ training day to the 2014 programme

Harmless have added another self harm training day to the 2014 programme. Our ‘self harm and young people’ training will be held on Thursday 5th June 2014, from 9.30 am until 4pm, at Harmless Training Room, NCVS, Mansfield Road, Nottingham.

This training concentrates on self harm from the perspective of young people. As a specialist service and leading organisation in the field of self harm, we have years of experience of working with those aged under 18 years old. This training day gives delegates from a broad range of professional arenas an opportunity to get a detailed overview from the experts about self harm and working with young people who self harm.

This training would be suitable for anyone who works with young people or who may come in to contract with young people who self harm or at risk of self harm.

It will aim to enhance understanding and skills to be able to make a positive difference to the life of someone who is self harming, and looks to ensure that we feel more comfortable and confident about working with people who self harm.

Learning Outcomes

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

The cost is £115.00 per person (10% discount for charities and for those booking 5 or more places).

To book a place on our course click here, or you can email or call 01159 348 445 (admin line only).

Tomorrow Project and Harmless continue to deliver more self harm and suicide prevention work in Nottingham colleges

Harmless and Tomorrow Project personnel have recently provided another information stand at a College within Nottingham. We were positioned to have the maximum visual impact of people passing the Harmless and Tomorrow Project banners; this was a great opportunity to speak informally with students, professionals, and members of the public about self harm and suicide prevention.

The self harm and suicide prevention strategies of Harmless and the Tomorrow project were promoted to raise awareness, and support our drive to reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues.

Professionals within the college demonstrated their commitment to continue the cascade of information regarding our services within future meetings where the focus would be on emotional and psychological well being of their student community.

Harmless offers a professional, ethical and responsive self harm and suicide prevention service and demands for our counselling and consultancy services continues to grow.

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Keep up to date with our latest self harm and suicide prevention work

Want to keep up with the latest news from Harmless and the Tomorrow Project?

Why not sign up to our mailing list to receive details of upcoming events, self harm training and the work we deliver in the community around self harm and suicide prevention. By signing up to our mailing list you will receive weekly updates from the team, information about our training programme and what we can offer to you and your organisation. You will also be the first to find out about offers on our self harm resources from the online store

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Don’t forget, you can also keep up to date with our work by liking Harmless on Facebook (here), liking the Tomorrow Project (here) or following us on twitter @harmlessuk / @lifevssuicide



People seeking help online for cutting and other forms of self-harm often receive incorrect or misleading information, a new study suggests. Harmless has always endeavoured to be different- to work closely with people that self harm and academics to ensure our website is both helpful, representative and accurate.

However, just one in 10 Internet sites related to non-suicidal self-injury is endorsed by health or academic institutions, the researchers found.

It’s estimated that 14 percent to 21 percent of teens and young adults engage in self-injurious behaviors such as cutting, burning and bruising. Young people may use this behavior to cope with strong emotions.

“It’s a stigmatizing issue for many people and it’s quite misunderstood, so going online is often more appealing to them in terms of getting information,” said study author Stephen Lewis, a psychology professor at the University of Guelph in Canada.

“Unfortunately, much of the information we found on the Internet is of poor quality, and some of it propagates myths about people who self-injure, which may lead to further stigmatization and isolation,” Lewis said in a university news release.

To analyze the quality of information on self-injury available on the Internet, the researchers used a Google keywords program. They identified 92 terms related to the behavior that get at least 1,000 hits each month. For each term, they examined the content on the websites displayed on the first page of each search.

“We focused on the first page because often people don’t get beyond that when doing online searches,” Lewis noted.

About 22 percent of the links that showed up in the searches were for health information websites, according to the study published online recently in JAMA Pediatrics. But only 10 percent of these websites was endorsed by a health or academic institution.

The investigators also found that each website contained at least one myth about self-injury. Among the misconceptions found was that self-injury is linked to gender and that self-injury is an attention-seeking behavior.

About half of the websites examined said that people who self-injure have mental illness, and 40 percent said those who self-injure have a history of abuse. Meanwhile, 37 percent said most people who engage in self-injury are women. All of these statements are either false or exaggerated, the researchers noted.

The implications are significant, Lewis said.

“Parents, peers and others looking to help someone with [nonsuicidal self-injury] may also be seeking information online, and what they are finding may be impacting their effectiveness as sources of support,” Lewis said.

Over the past year, there were more than 42 million global searches using terms related to self-injury, the authors pointed out. More credible information on self-injury needs to be at the top of search pages, and Internet users should be educated on how to make sense of the health information they find online, they added.

“We were a bit surprised by the number of searches related to the topic but more surprised at how much of the information we came across was of low quality,” Lewis said. “The Internet potentially is a powerful vehicle to reach out to those who self-injure and offer help and recovery resources, but we have to do it effectively and correctly.”

Places still available on our self harm training – Wednesday 9th April 2014

There are still places available on our ‘Introduction to self harm and working with self harm’ training to be delivered on Wednesday 9th April 2014 – Book now!

Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm Training

Our  ‘Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm’ 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. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

7 Mansfield Road



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Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Lunch: Not included

Refreshments: Tea and Coffee provided

Cost: £110.00 per person

10% Discount for booking 5 or more places

10% for charities (Proof of registration required)

To book a place click here or email 

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project continue to deliver important self harm training

The diverse nature of Harmless’ self harm training was shown yesterday with two deliveries to different client groups.

The first session was to staff from a supported housing scheme who commented that the self harm training was enhanced by delivery by someone with lived experience of self harm. The second, delivered under The Tomorrow Project, was to teachers at a local secondary school who also agreed that their understanding of self harm was increased by this same factor.

The sessions were focused around Young People and self harm, incorporating recent phenomena such as the positive and negative impact of social media, alongside the basics of improving understanding of why someone would self harm.

Self harm is a complex issue, and one which can prove problematic for all involved. Individuals who self harm range from diverse backgrounds and experiences and may disclose their self harm to a variety of individuals or services. Feedback from our training suggest that delegates who attend our training would feel much more confident in responding to such disclosures should they arise; 99% of people who attend our sessions either agree or strongly agree that they will be able to put in to practice the skills/knowledge learned; with 98% stating that our training will help them to their jobs more effectively and deliver a better service.

For more information about our training opportunities, please email

Self harm drop in today from 2.30pm until 3.30pm – Feel free to join us

Today, from 2.30 pm until 3.30 pm, it is the young person’s drop in at NCVS 7 Mansfield Road. You can attend if you are someone that is affected by self harm or suicide, a friend, family member, carer or professional.

If you would like some time to talk about self harm or suicide you get attend the drop in and speak to one of the co facilitators (Adrienne Grove or Val Stevens), who will be able to give you information about the service, how we can work collaboratively with other services and what we can do you help you or someone you know. The drop ins are informal so you can attend just because you want to meet us or  have a look at where we are based.

This service is provided for you to make the most of. Hope to see you there.