Places still available on our upcoming ‘self harm and young people’ training on June 5th 2014

Self harm and young people training

Thursday 5th June 2014

What this training day provides?

This training concentrates on self harm from the perspective of young people. Harmless are a specialist service and leading organisation in the field of self harm and 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

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

7 Mansfield Road



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Cost: £115.00 per person (10% discount for charities or not-for-profit organisations)

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Lunch: Not included

Refreshments: Tea and Coffee provided

To book a place, please email or call 01159 348 445; or click here

Harmless team looking for young people to offer their perspectives about accessing self harm support

Last week, a member of the Harmless team attended a meeting to begin to pilot a participatory action research approach (PAR) which will promote self-help interventions within primary care settings aimed at young people who self harm or are at risk of doing so. This directly links with two of CCGs strategic priorities, improving mental health outcomes and improving the health and wellbeing of children, young adults and students.

There is a specific intention to gather information on the impact on young people’s mental health in different social circumstances and the variation of primary care responses locally including any examples of best practice.

The study would seek to investigate the long-term impact of self-help strategies young people who self harm presenting to Primary Care settings. We are really keen on hearing your opinions and answers to the below questions and would love people to email in so we can take these ideas forward:

  • Where do young people access help and support for their mental health issues?
  • How can primary care services better enable young people to seek help and advice there?
  • What sort of experience and information would you like to receive when you first visit a primary care setting?
  • In considering self-help materials. What do you think is useful and why is this?
  • Is there anything you would like to see added to the materials that have/could possibly be given to you?
  • What do you think you think the practitioner needs to know or be able to do to best help young people when they first come to a practice and also on an ongoing basis?

To contact us, please email

Young person writes about their experiences of attending our counselling service

Our clinical work in the community has enabled people to make sense of their life experiences and understand the process of exploration that will enable them to resolve difficulties that create emotional and psychological distress.

A young person who currently attends our organisation for support around self harm wished to contribute to our blog by sharing their experiences of attending our counselling service.

‘… The service is good. I have found it a real eye opener. I realise now that what I need each week is to be as honest as I can with myself.

I’ve always known that I need help; I’ve known things weren’t right…. after all these year it’s been a real relief.

Sometimes I feel frustrated that I don’t find others ways out. It takes me a while to open up and 50 minutes in my sessions doesn’t feel enough. I’ve wanted someone to wave a magic wand, I understand now that it doesn’t work like that.

I understand things more now, I felt angry and frustrated because these feelings were so absurd and ridiculous; now the anger has gone away… I want to move forward.

It’s been nice to be able to speak to someone who can accurately understand what I’m saying. This has been beneficial … I’ll be sad when it’s over.’

For further information about our self harm or suicide prevention services, please refer to the websites:


Can you help us with our research on self harm in young people?

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part and for more information please contact us at or call 0115 8467319 or visit the website


Harmless Team Give Their Thoughts on Recent Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescence Research Day

Recently, representatives from the Harmless team attended the Self-Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescence Research Day at the University of Bristol. The aim of the day was to showcase research, identify unresolved research questions, foster collaborations and share experiences and gave Harmless a great opportunity to present the work we do on a national scale.

A member of the Harmless Team, Val, said “David Klonskey provided us with some food for thought on ‘Understanding Suicide towards an Ideation to Action.’ Questioning what predicts progression from ideation to suicide. He proposed that with risk factors including mood disorder, a history of self harm, anxiety disorder and loss of relationship, job or financial loss confer a desire. However, when there was a change in other factors such as stressors increasing, having fewer reasons to live and there being less fear, all hasten the transitions from ideation to attempts. Suicidal ideation develops with two necessary conditions such as when pain and hopelessness increases. When a person’s pain becomes greater than their connectedness to others, this can be a prediction to suicide.” 

The day also involved in depth discussion around the treatment of self harm in adolescents, causes and consequences. Our trainer, Satveer, was able to provide an insightful presentation from a service user perspective and promote the positive improvement that Harmless’ clinical interventions have on those who access our service.

Overall, the research day provided vital insight into self harm and suicide in adolescents and positive steps in moving forward and working collaboratively across the country.