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The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team use social media and a weekly mail out to keep people up-to-date about:

  • How we are making a positive difference in the field of self harm, suicide prevention and mental health
  • The important work we are doing in Nottingham,Nottinghamshire and the rest of the UK
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  • The latest training opportunities
  • And much more…

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Tomorrow Project and Harmless Team attend Nottinghamshire Healthcare AGM

On Friday, members of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project attended the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Nottinghamshire Healthcare provides integrated healthcare services, including mental health, intellectual disability and community health services. Nottinghamshire Healthcare recognises the importance and value of communicating with and involving third sector organisations. Today was a great opportunity for the team to liaise with other professionals, enable informative discussion to strengthen coordination  of multi disciplinary approaches and liaise other service provision to provide better referral pathways and informed practice.

Please see the link below for further information;  http://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/aboutus/events/annual-general-meeting-annual-members-meeting-2014/

Self Harm Support Project…

Can you help?

We want to improve care for young people who self harm and we need your help;

  • to decide on the name for the project
  • to design information for young people who self harm
  • to set up a Facebook page

We also want to hear YOUR ideas about how young people can get involved in the project.

If you have had experience of self harm, or know someone who has, please come to the meeting and share your ideas at;

Base 51, 29 -31 castle Gate, Nottingham NG1 7AR

Wednesday 13th August 2014 @ 17.00 (refreshments provided)

Email adrienne@harmless.org.uk if you would like to attend (Adrienne will be attending and will go with you)

Who we are?

The project is led by a friendly team of researchers from Nottingham Trent University who are working together with the University of Nottingham, staff from the Medical Centres and Harmless to improve help and support received by young people who self harm.

Any questions please email Adrienne Grove (our Clinical Coordinator).

Harmless and Tomorrow Project Team to attend Nottinghamshire Health Care NHS Trust Annual General Meeting

Members of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are looking forward to attending the Nottinghamshire Health Care NHS Trust Annual General Meeting on Friday 25th July 2014 at East Midlands Conference Centre.

Our team will use the day to promote our self harm and suicide prevention work in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to local professionals and service users by holding both a Harmless and Tomorrow Project stand.

The theme for the conference is ‘Ambitions for the Future,’ and will focus on how services will be delivered in the future to ensure they are sustainable. There will be a review of the past year and an opportunity to  hear plans for the future for an integrated health service.

Good practice will also be shared across the Trust with 80 interactive stands showcasing stories of excellence.

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

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.

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

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 please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

Harmless are recruiting counsellors and therapists

Harmless are recruiting counsellors and therapists

Harmless are looking to recruit counsellors and therapists to work with clients who experience mental health problems and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.

JOB TITLE(S): Sessional therapists and bank staff 

Harmless are currently recruiting therapists to join our clinical team.

This role will primarily involve working with clients who experience mental health problems, depression and anxiety and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.

Those joining our team will also provide cover for both planned and unplanned shortfalls within the clinical team.

Rate of pay: £13.50 per session

Other benefits: Harmless will contribute to supervision costs (on a sliding scale) and offer CPD opportunities.

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB 

  • To provide therapy to clients who experience mental health problems, depression and anxiety, and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.

 

  • To work collaboratively and assertively with the communities and environments where a person is already in contact to provide information, containment and enhance a collaborative recovery approach for the person experiencing distress and self harm.

 

  • Therapists must be accredited with BACP or equivalent. Unfortunately we will not consider anyone who is not accredited at this time.

POSITION IN ORGANISATION 

Reports To: The Clinical Co-ordinator
Responsible For: Delivery of services, no supervisory or managerial responsibilities.
Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Application closing dates: Close of business 1st August 2014
                                              Close of business 15th August 2014

Interview dates: Thursday 7th August 2014 / Wednesday 20th August 2014

For more information about this position or for an application form, Job description and person specification – please email info@harmless.org.uk

In the news: Threefold rise in British children visiting self-harm websites, study reveals

The number of Britons as young as 11 visiting self-harm websites has nearly trebled in three years, according to the most comprehensive study into children and the internet.

As many as 17 per cent of children had seen websites promoting self-harm in 2013, up from 6 per cent in 2010.

Reports of cyber bullying had also risen, from 8 per cent to 12 per cent last year which saw a disturbing number of teenage suicides, including 14-year-olds, Hannah Smith and Izzy Dix, who took their lives as a result of online abuse.

A Europe-wide academic study, Net Children Go Mobile, showed as many as a fifth of 13-year-olds had gone on pro-anorexia sites. The study of 3,500 children aged nine to 16 across seven countries – 500 of them in in the UK – found a quarter admitting they were missing food or sleep to go online.

Professor Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics, who oversaw the study’s British side, said: “No one wants to imagine their kids looking at dodgy sites but things that weren’t on the agenda are rising. Without panicking, we need to broaden our gaze, to talk to our kids about a wider range of online issues.”

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Date: 2nd July 2014

A young service user shares their experiences of accessing our self harm services

‘Where do you start when your asked to write a blog on such a serious and sensitive topic? Especially when it’s to inform the many people effected how you were effected by a serious issue that can effect anyone! I suppose a good way to start would be the effects that self harm had on me.

I thought I was alone. I thought I was different. I thought everything was my fault. I thought self harm was the only option and no body at all could help me change that. I thought wrong.

Of course it wasn’t easy but the things worth doing never are, but this was my first step to recovery and the beginning of a new chapter of my life.

I thought I’d give harmless a go. After all if I didn’t like it I didn’t have to go again. The first week was scary, the tension was building up as the day got closer but that’s completely normal, just like trying anything you haven’t done before.

I met Adrienne, she seemed nice so I went again. I found the first few weeks a bit scary but as time went on I got more comfortable. One week had turned in to two weeks, two into three and eventually three into a year and a half.

I was terrified teenager, struggling to cope with every day occurrences and self harming to get through each day. Thanks to Harmless I am me again. The past is a learning curve for me and the people I love and although I can’t predict the future I’m pretty sure it will be a bright, but that’s thanks to harmless for helping me secure one. Without them I would still be surrounded by all the negative thoughts that are now behind me. All you have to remember is everybody deserves happiness, including you. Now when the going gets tough I know where to go.’

For more information about our services, please visit our website www.harmless.org.uk

 

Feedback on 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.

Children self harming.

Shock figures have revealed children as young as eight have been taken to accident and emergency wards in Tayside after intentionally hurting themselves.

More than 150 incidences of young people aged 25 and under attending A&E due to “deliberate self-harm” were recorded by NHS Tayside between April 2013 and March 2014 — with the youngest aged just eight.

Although those who attend A&E may not always be admitted to hospital, in that time period there were 258 hospital admissions in total in Tayside of children and young people diagnosed as having intentionally self-harmed.

Danny Kelly, a harm reduction worker at the city’s Cairn Centre, believes increased use of so-called legal highs could be partly to blame.

He said: “We have had such an increase in these cases because of new legal highs, which can bring on emotional distress.”

While Danny primarily works with intravenous drug users, he explained that young people using his service can also present with other evidence of past self-harm, including scarring from cutting, as well as alcohol problems.

“We do see a lot of associated behaviours along with opiate use or drug use,” he said. “It can be used as a coping mechanism. One way we offer support is by being an active listener.”

Since 2011 his team has been providing a drug called naloxone as part of its emergency overdose response kits, which slows the effects of overconsumption of heroin and other opiates.

Although this increases the number of hospital admissions, Danny believes around 350 people in Dundee have been saved by the scheme — including many young people. He said: “It will bring someone back from an overdose for around 30-40 minutes so the ambulance can get there and take them to hospital.”

The figures, obtained by the Tele through Freedom of Information, reveal that nearly 100 teenage girls were admitted to hospital and at least 15 teenage boys.

The vast majority of cases were recorded as poisoning, but self-inflicted open wounds, fractures and burns were also listed as reasons for hospital admission.

Of those who presented at A&E, there were twice as many girls and young women as there were boys and young men.

Dr Julie Ronald, an A&E consultant at Ninewells Hospital, said: “All admissions are assessed on an individual basis and, if appropriate, are offered a psychosocial assessment at the time of being seen.”

However, a spokeswoman for NHS Tayside explained that in many of the cases counselling or mental health support would not have been appropriate.

“It would be very wrong to assume that anyone coded as self-harm or deliberate self-harm had mental health issues and the Freedom of Information response makes no reference to this,” she said.

“Intentional self-harm can be a range of things from misadventure to accidents. It does not mean the person has tried to commit suicide. The majority of these cases will be alcohol overconsumption.”

Young people who self-harm or are at risk of self-harm can be referred to NHS Tayside’s children and adolescent mental health services by their GP or consultant.