There’s still tickets available for our annual celebration event

Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community projects that help young people and adults who are in distress and who self harm, or at risk of suicide. For the past 7 years we have been helping people across Nottinghamshire to overcome their difficulties and move towards recovery by providing psychological support, advice and therapy. We have grown in stature and reputation, working closely with local people to ensure that people that are in distress get the help that they need to turn their lives around.

We currently receive no statutory funding and despite the clear need for our services we are struggling to meet the demand upon us. The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night!

The Venue: The Riverbank, The Embankment, West Bridgford

The Time(s): 6:30pm Arrival; 7pm 1st Course; Disco at approx 10pm.

The Cost: £35.00 per head

The Event: Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live entertainment

The Menu: Starter: Soup of the day with Deli breads;

Main(s) Roast Chicken, Creamed Potato, Wild Mushrooms, Chargrilled Leeks, Smoked Bacon, Jus

or

Warm Tart of Goats Cheese & Candied Aubergine, Salt Baked Celeriac & Beetroot Vierge (V);

Dessert: Eton Mess.

(Additional dietary requirements can be catered for)

Please specify any other dietary requirements/allergies

Dress Code: Smart

The purpose: To raise enough money to save more lives.

To book tickets please click here. For more information about our event, please email info@harmless.org.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 31st October 2014

Interview dates: Weeks commencing 3rd November and 10th November 2014

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

Self Harm and Young People Training Day – 20th November 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

Date: 20th November 2014

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Venue: Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre

To book your place, click here

Take a turn on the Harmless raffle

Buy your raffle tickets to be in for a chance of winning some of these great prizes, more are being added every day.

The raffle will be drawn on Friday 10th October. Winners will be contacted within a week after this date.

Top Prizes:

A week in a luxury apartment in Spain

Centre parcs day passes for 6

2 x Panto tickets (Snow White)

Lawn Mower

5 Chart Albums x 2

£25 Intu shopping voucher

£20 Pudding Pantry Voucher

Nintendo Wii and Wii Sports Resort bundle

Other prizes include:

£5 M&S voucher

Toys

Speedo Set

Broadway cinema tickets

Thornton’s chocolates

Vouchers for cakes (Donated by Sarah Gartland)

Nottingham Playhouse tickets

Wok Set

Kitchen Set

Cheese board and cutters

Grill

Cake Maker

Wall Clock

Walkie Talkies

Alarm Clock

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

To buy one ticket (£1) – please click here

To buy five tickets (£5) – please click here

To buy ten tickets (£10) – please click here

To buy twenty tickets (£20) – please click here

Alternatively, you can buy tickets by emailing info@harmless.org.uk

Terms and conditions of raffle available on request. You must be over 16 to buy a raffle ticket.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project have become a core member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). Find out more about their important work…

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project have now become a core member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). TASC is an alliance of the leading charities dealing with suicide prevention and mental health issues.

TASC came together as an initiative to encourage collaboration and prevent duplication of efforts and funding in the area of suicide research and prevention. TASC was set up in November 2010 and holds quarterly meetings to discuss common goals, current research and future actions..

Since last week marked the 12th annual World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), we thought we’d share some of the great work that members and partners of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) are currently doing. Including exciting new social media campaigns and the launch of the UK’s first suicide prevention app.

Connecting with People – new World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) campaign

The theme of this 12th anniversary event is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected’. We launched #connectingwith our new social media campaign to promote the importance of connectedness as part of my 24 hour ‘Tweetathon’. The #connectingwith campaign will raise awareness that strong relationships, connectedness and a sense of belonging are powerful protective factors against suicide. Also that reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act. This is especially relevant to people who are isolated and in distress.

How you can help

The #connectingwith campaign will encourage people to connect with others and we are hoping people will make new connections or strengthen existing ones and post this on social media. Ideally we would like everyone to pose with the person (or people) they are connecting with, fill in the attached #connectingwith blank certificate to describe the event, take a photo or if willing a ‘selfie’ of themselves holding the #connectingwith certificate and post this on social media.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention – new suicide prevention app Stay Alive

Our ground-breaking suicide prevention app Stay Alive is now available to download to your phone. To download the app to your smartphone visit our website, www.prevent-suicide.org.uk : the Apple App Store and Google Play download links are on the front page.

Key features include:

· Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
· A mini-safety plan
· A LifeBox of photos you can upload from your phone
· Strategies for staying safe from suicide
· How to help a person thinking about suicide
· Suicide myth-busting

We would love your feedback about the app: please rate and review it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app, Catherine Johnstone, CEO of Samaritans, says:

“Every life lost to suicide is a preventable tragedy. There are many possible points of contact with someone at risk, and a vulnerable person may need help and support from several different sources. I am pleased that Grassroots Suicide Prevention is taking this collaborative approach to reach vulnerable people in the online environment. Samaritans is contacted every six seconds by someone struggling to cope and by all of us working together to reduce suicide, we can make a real difference.”

The app has been funded by Network Rail and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has been built by Switchplane.

If U Care Share: Inside Out gets ‘Celebrity’ backing

The Inside Out campaign which was announced mid-August is gathering pace in the run up to Inside Out Day on the 10th September (also known as Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day) with support from all over the world.

Comedienne and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax explains in the short film what her biggest lie is. If U Care Share Foundation (Suicide Prevention Charity) has launched the campaign to highlight the issue of suicide. When asked why Ruby was supporting the campaign she said ‘it’s really important to talk to someone about how you feel and I totally support the Inside Out campaign.’

We are also proud to announce that Inside Out is also being supported by comedian, actor and television presenter, Alexander Armstrong and top sportsmen Kevin Phillips, Grant Leadbitter and If U Care Share Foundation’s ambassador Micah Richards.

We feel it’s so important talk about how you are feeling and in some circumstances can be life-saving or changing to ask someone WHY? So Inside Out is simple, let’s talk, let’s bring what’s on the inside – out.

Thanks for your help and please feel free to share Follow us on Twitter @IFUCARESHARE #askmewhy

CALM have launched a free web-chat service

The male suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) are pleased to announce the launch of a free web-chat service offering support, information and signposting to men who are depressed or in crisis. Suicide is the leading killer of men aged 20-49 in the UK, and has overtaken coronary heart disease as a killer in older men aged up to 50. The latest statistics show that 77% of all suicides in the UK were male.

Open every day between 6pm – 9pm from Aug 1st, users within the UK will be able to chat anonymously and confidentially to trained helpline staff. The web-chat can be accessed on the CALM website: www.thecalmzone.net/get-help

The new service has been made possible by grants from Comic Relief and the Ellerman Foundation. Following research with their supporters, CALM identified a need to offer online provision, alongside their helpline and texting service, in order to make accessing support easier to a younger male audience.

The web-chat service hours will be extended to match those of the helpline (5pm – midnight) within the next 8 weeks. CALM’s helpline takes around 4,000 calls a month.

World Health Organisation publishes first ever global report on suicide prevention

World Health Organisation report on suicide states that suicide kills one person every 40 seconds. The report looks at suicide rates around the world:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/suicide-prevention-report/en/

If you have any questions about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or by visiting our website www.harmless.org.uk

 

Let’s begin the bidding! Fantastic Items in the Harmless Auction

This year Harmless are holding an auction as part of our annual celebration event and we have some brilliant items. Take a look and get your bids in early!

Al Murray signed DVD and Book

Zoe Wannamaker signed script

Signed Picture of Judy Dench

Jason Manford signed book

Stapleford Park Golf passes

5 Chart Albums x 2

Perfume Set

To bid on an item simply email your selected item and your bid to info@harmless.org.uk
You can also bid over the phone on 0115 934 8445 (for office use only)

The highest bidder on Friday 10th October will win the item.

Terms and conditions of auction available on request. You must be over 16 to enter the auction.

All the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

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

 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

 

We invite you to join us in an evening of celebration – Friday 10th October 2014

Join us at our annual celebration event on the 10th of October 2014, as we reflect on another successful year for Harmless and the Tomorrow Project.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are community projects that help young people and adults who are in distress and who self harm, or at risk of suicide. For the past 7 years we have been helping people across Nottinghamshire to overcome their difficulties and move towards recovery by providing psychological support, advice and therapy. We have grown in stature and reputation, working closely with local people to ensure that people that are in distress get the help that they need to turn their lives around.

We currently receive no statutory funding and despite the clear need for our services we are struggling to meet the demand upon us. The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night!

The Venue: The Riverbank, The Embankment, West Bridgford

The Time(s): 6:30pm Arrival; 7pm 1st Course; Disco at approx 10pm.

The Cost: £35.00 per head

The Event: Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live entertainment

The Menu: Starter: Soup of the day with Deli breads;

Main(s) Roast Chicken, Creamed Potato, Wild Mushrooms, Chargrilled Leeks, Smoked Bacon, Jus

or

Warm Tart of Goats Cheese & Candied Aubergine, Salt Baked Celeriac & Beetroot Vierge (V);

Dessert: Eton Mess.

(Additional dietary requirements can be catered for)

Please specify any other dietary requirements/allergies

Dress Code: Smart

The purpose: To raise enough money to save more lives.

To book tickets please click here. Hurry! Tickets are limited. For more information about our event, please email info@harmless.org.uk

On World Suicide Prevention day we answer: what does it feel like to be suicidal?

What does it feel like to be suicidal?

Have you ever felt as though you are completely lost? Like you’re alone in this world, completely alone, and no matter how much you ache for another human being to wrap their arms around you and make you feel safe again- it feels as though there’s no one in the world that could do that for you. Despite having people who you love, there’s something that stops you picking up the phone- you might not want to bother them, or worry them… You might just not have the words or courage to start a conversation.

Or maybe something has just happened in your world and the grief is intolerable- it’s blinding you. You see no way forwards; no answers… No solutions. Just more problems. More intolerable pain.

People become suicidal for all different reasons and in all circumstances.

For some a single devastating event can be enough to tip someone into a dark enough place where suicide seems like a viable option. For others, a cumulative effect of many experiences, or depression may be the reason that hope becomes a lost state and without hope, we can each get terribly lost in our own darkness.

Hope is vital. It keeps us alive. It helps us to face tomorrow, overcome our problems, identify help and ask for it. Hope means believing that things can get better.

Being without hope means that in spite of loving relationships or professional success, regardless of how other people see us or our futures, we see no point in going forwards.

And whilst we at Harmless and The Tomorrow Projecy fully understand these feelings- we also know that no matter how bad things are or feel, they can get better. We also don’t expect people who are feeling that bleak to be able to believe us- instead we do the work that we do in spite of that.

Finding words to describe such a dark place can feel close to impossible; even if you can, finding the courage to say them out loud makes speaking out such a difficult thing to do.

But try.

Info@harmless.org.uk
#ImListening

There’s still a few places left on our FREE suicide prevention workshop

There are still places left on our free suicide prevention workshop which will be held on Wednesday 10th September to mark suicide prevention day.

This will be a chance for you to find out about the work Harmless and the Tomorrow Project do and will provide the opportunity to start discussions around suicide prevention.

The workshop will include:

  • Raising the awareness of suicide
  • Understanding suicide and the impacts
  • Myths and Misconseptions
  • What can be done to help and support someone
  • Group discussion and activities throughout

Time: 12:00pm – 13:30pm

Venue

The training shall be held at NCVS, Mansfield Road, Nottingham. NG1 3FB.

Click here to book your place!