Help support Hollie in her fundraising efforts for suicide prevention services!

Help support Hollie in her fundraising efforts!

Hollie Smith will be running the Lichfield Half Marathon, on Sunday 3rd May 2015 to raise money for the Tomorrow Project.

Let’s give her a helping hand to reach her £250 target!

The Tomorrow Project is a suicide prevention project that has been set up to respond to the needs and concerns of a local community in East Leake.

The work the Tomorrow Project deliver in East Leake currently has no statutory funding and relies on fundraising efforts like these to help keep this vital support running.

Please support Hollie by visiting her Local Giving page here:

Find out more about the Tomorrow Project here:

Send a card, save a life

Harmless are launching their own brand of Christmas cards!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes


 All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: 

Harmless’ Director wins Nottingham Inspirational Business Woman of the Year award for self harm service

FROM law firms and accountants to waxing salons and hairdressers, the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards celebrated the achievements of a wide range of female entrepreneurs.

Successful businesswomen from across Nottingham were honoured at Wednesday night’s ceremony, held at the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club.

Awards were presented to winners and runners-up in 12 categories.

Imogen Skirving, the owner of country house hotel Langar Hall, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award

Wendy Tideswell, 54, and Debbie White, 50, owners of the Cake Decorating Company, in Triumph Road, Nottingham, shared the Businesswoman of the Year title.

Over the past five years, their cake-decorating business has grown from one which operates out of a spare bedroom into a £3.5m turnover company that exports products across the world and employs 33 people.

Wendy said: “We work so hard but we don’t do it to win anything – we do it to achieve something for ourselves and our family. But when an award comes on top of that, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Ambitious chiropractor Naomi Mills, 28, won the Rising Star award after taking over Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic earlier this year. She also runs an online service which helps other private healthcare professionals promote their businesses and use social media.

Diane Doran was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year after transforming Mansfield Manor Hotel into a thriving business which now operates at around 85 per cent room occupancy.

And employment law firm Halborns secured the title of best new business.

NKD waxing, in Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, won the Small Business of the Year accolade.

The salon – owned by Rebecca Dowdeswell, 38, of Radcliffe-on-Trent – impressed our judges with its continued growth over the last five years.

Rebecca said: “Winning this award means a lot. To get public recognition by the Nottingham Post is special.”

Other awards on the night went to Caroline Harroe, who was named Inspirational Woman of the Year after she set up Harmless to provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm.

‘I don’t do what I do for recognition- not at all, but to hear that Harmless is a well- respected company and that people are increasingly believing in our business model and the way we do things makes me very proud. I’m really pleased to be considered a positive role model who can inspire others- using business to save lives makes me feel glad that we are here’

Dawn Butler’s new Cake Frame design – an internal support system for cakes that helps elaborate, gravity-defying tiered cakes stand upright – saw her win the Innovation Award.

Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling was crowned Community Champion after raising an estimated £24,000 for charity by offering its services, products and time for free.

And Hairven’s Phoebe Gretton, 18, took home the title of Apprentice of the Year.

The title of Sole Trader of the Year was won by Bella Bidmead for her Waggy Tails Pet Services business.

While Dr Jane Dewar was crowned winner of the Women in Public Service Award after leading the campaign which led to the opening of a new £6.6m Cystic Fibrosis Centre at Nottingham City Hospital.

This year’s Women in Business Awards has been the popular competition run by the Post, after more than 200 nominations flooded in for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs.

Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi said: “This year, The Post has had more entries than ever before. We have been genuinely overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity.

“We’ve been impressed by the great variety of local businesses run by successful women.”

Full list of winners:

Lifetime achievement


Imogen Skirving, owner of Langar Hall Country Hotel and Restaurant

Apprentice of the Year:

Winner – Phoebe Gretton of Hairven hair and beauty Salon in Gelding.

Runner-up – Kim Wilson of Mansfield Manor Hotel.

Innovation Award:

Winner – Novelty cakes and airbrush specialist instructor Dawn Butler, owner of Dinkydoodle Designs, West Bridgford.

Runner-up – Althea Giscombe, owner of Thea Skincare, based in Experian Way, Nottingham.

Inspirational Woman of

the Year:

Winner – Caroline Harroe, who set up of Harmless, which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm.

Runner-up – Amy Lee, from Dillon and Lee Hair Salon, in Byard Lane, Nottingham, who juggles running her business with caring for her four-year-old son Harrison, who has Cerebal Palsy, limited speech and epilepsy.

Entrepreneur of the


Winner – Diane Doran, owner of Mansfield Manor Hotel.

Runner-up – Fashion designer Fazane Fox, owner of Fazane Malik Clothing Limited, based in Heanor.

Community Champion:

Winner – Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling, owned by Collette Osborne, which to date has raised an estimated £24,000 for charity by offering their services, products and time for free.

Runner-up – Anna Bond and Sarah Marie Taylor from Green Scene Education, which helps children grow food and flowers in schools across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Sole Trader of the Year:

Winner – Bella Bidmead, of Waggy Tails Pet Services

Runner-up – Cara Wesson from CLW Accounting, based in of East Leake.

Rising Star:

Winner – Naomi Mills, owner of Radcliffe Chiropractic Clinic and Chiromarket Ltd.

Runner-up – Serena Humphrey of The F Word financial training company, based in West Bridgford.

New Business/Business


Winner – Halborns, an employment law firm in Waverley Street, Nottingham, owned by lawyer Ginny Hallam.

Runner-up – AEDA arts academy in Hockley, founded by Carmen Shaw.

Small Business of the


Winner – Nkd Waxing, in Bridlesmith Walk, Nottingham, owned by Rebecca Dowdeswell.

Runner-up – Hairven hair and beauty salon in Gedling, owned by Collette Osborne.

Women in Public Service Award:

Winner – Dr Jane Dewar, a cystic fibrosis consultant who has works at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Runner-up – Nicola Burley, executive director at the Galleries of Justice.

Businesswoman of the

Year: Wendy Tideswell and Debbie White, of the Cake Decoarting Company in Triumph Road, Nottingham.

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Sexual Exploitation: Abuse not Choice – Defining the Local Response.

Sexual Exploitation: Abuse not Choice.
Defining the Local Response.

In the wake of the sexual exploitation scandals uncovered in Rotherham and other areas, a number of voluntary sector organisations have begun a conversation. It’s a conversation that we’d really like you to join us in.

We feel this is an opportunity to build on the good work already happening in Nottingham and consider what more we can do to not only keep our children safe but to also ensure that all our services – to children, young people and adults –work in a trauma-informed way.

The meeting will be held on Friday 12th December at NCVS, from 9.30am – 1.15pm (including a networking lunch). The purpose of the meeting is to:

•         Hear from our statutory partners about their work in this field and how we can support each other

•         Understand the various local initiatives and projects that are already feeding into this work

•         Consider next steps to strengthen our practice and partnership working locally.

To book a place at this meeting please contact Equation on 0115 9623237.

We’d be grateful if you could also pass this information onto professionals whom you are in contact with who you think about be invited to this meeting.

There are a limited number of places so booking early is essential.

This meeting is being facilitated by Equation, Harmless and Nottingham Women’s Centre. Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service are providing the room and refreshments.



Harmless win the #O2Smarta100 award for social impact at last night’s awards ceremony!

The O2 Smarta 100 is an annual celebration of the most resourceful, inspiring and disruptive small businesses in the UK. At an event held last night in central London, Harmless were honoured as one of the 100 small enterprises that are effective and impacting in the world of business.
When Harmless was formed, its founders made a difficult decision about it’s legal status – making the decision between a registered charity and social enterprise. Harmless is a Community Interest Company, which means that it is a social business – it raises finance for it’s activities by business activities and it reinvests the profit to do good. Every penny raised goes directly into running a service for people in distress and towards saving lives.
The structure of the organisation also means that every year Harmless has to report to the regulator regarding how effective it has been about meeting it’s social aims and objectives. We work with really vulnerable people who are facing very real and painful life experiences, often contemplating ending their lives and it is absolutely vital that the organisation operates in a way that is consistent and reliable for those people. We needed to be sure that if we say to someone: ‘we are here for you’ that we know that we will be – we know that if we offer someone help and support that we have the sustainability to see that through.
Last night was the culmination of the awards competition. Harmless were in the social impact category and it was a huge shock to us all that we were announced the overall winners of our category. What is more inspiring and moving is that the winners were the product of a public vote – that means that by a clear margin, Harmless’ supporters voted for us to win.
We know that self harm and suicide are not subjects that people readily talk about or think about; we often struggle to rally public support and have certainly never prospered in a public voting forum before, but last night was a first!
Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We are very proud of what we have achieved in the field of business and mental health and promise that we will continue to work around the clock in order to keep fulfilling our aims and objectives – to do whatever we can to change people’s lives for the better. The team at Harmless do a dedicated job and it is nice to get the recognition they deserve for the work that they do!
Thank also to everyone at #O2smarta100 for recognising and celebrating what we do – here’s to another successful year!

Awards: a time for reflection and thanks for our work in the field of self harm and suicide prevention.

Recently Harmless is having a busy time. It is time for us to reflect upon our achievements, look to the future and make plans and choices about our work in the field of self harm and suicide prevention. There are difficult times ahead- increases in the rate of self harm and suicide mean that we struggle to meet the growing need; cuts in funding mean that we will have to summon our supporters to really rally round.

Never has our work been more vital. Never has the Harmless team been more necessary and more needed by people in distress.

The team at Harmless work tirelessly throughout the whole year and what we do is hard but really privileged work. We hear the painful stories of people’s struggle and their losses. We also get to hear the successes, the recoveries and hear of the comfort that we bring to people in pain.

From our trainer who travels up and down the UK delivering training and talks about suicide and self harm in the hope that her words enable help to be received; our team of counsellors and therapists that work directly with people in distress, through to our business and administration team who support every activity we undertake to improve people’s lives. The whole team deserve my thanks and support.

I am the Managing Director of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project. I set the project up with my sidekick Amy in the face of complete adversity and have watching it grow, thrive, struggle and prosper and ultimately save lives.

The stories we hear about the suffering of others is painful. It is so necessary that we continue our work and that we raise the money to keep doing so.

Over the past year we have provided training and workshops to over 1200 people aged 11 upwards, in schools, healthcare; across the country. We have provided therapy to over 300 young people and 200 adults- each of those people marking change in their lives with an 82% recovery rate. These are great achievements.

Tomorrow night the Harmless team will be represented at the O2 smarta100 awards where the organisation will be honoured with a smarta100 award for our business acumen. This is a great honour for us.
Harmless has striven to be an ethical, safe, well governed and effective service for people that self harm- we apply a solid business model to ensure that in tough times, our service is sustainable and there for those that need it the most.

The whole team will not be in attendance when we hear whether we have come top of our category for social impact, but they are each honoured with the celebration because without them we can’t achieve what we achieve. This is my thanks to a team who do me proud every day for their work in such difficult circumstances.

Let’s hope that tomorrow brings further success because for our work to continue to prosper in the difficult times ahead, we need the recognition, support and celebration of our work and the financial backing of funders to make it happen.

Good Luck Team Harmless, and Thank you.

Caroline Harroe

Health Select Committee Report: A Significant Increase in Both Demand for Services and in Self Harm, Complexity and Severity

The Health Select Committee has published a report released yesterday claiming serious and deeply ingrained problems in children’s and adolescents’ mental health services.

The committee, appointed by the House of Commons to examine healthcare, examined the mental health service being provided to children and adolescents. It found issues throughout the mental health system, from early intervention stages to inpatient services.

The report highlights:

  • Early intervention services are invaluable and prevent the need for further treatment later on, however they are having their funding cut or are suffering unstable funding.
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have the power to determine their own priorities but are not giving enough provision to young people; and have frozen or cut their budgets, despite the rising demand for them.

The report goes on to explain in section 9 that;

9. The Chief Medical Officer’s annual report for 2012, published last autumn, highlighted the need for a repeat of the ONS survey; it also cited other evidence suggesting a rise in levels of psychological distress in young people, and in particular increasing rates of self-harm:

Self-harm rates have increased sharply over the past decade, as evidenced by rates of hospital admission and calls to helplines, providing further indications of a possible rise in mental health problems among young people. However, in the absence of up to date epidemiological data, it is uncertain whether there has been a rise in the rates of mental health problems and whether the profile of problems has changed

However in section 12;

12. Observations from CAMHS service providers strongly suggest that they are now operating in a considerably changed environment from the 2004 prevalence data, with many reporting dramatic increases in demand for their services:

Demand continues to increase – 89% of respondents said there had been an increase in referrals over the last 2 years; percentages ranged from 20-70%. Many respondents noted a change in the mix of referrals seeing an increase in self-harm, complexity and severity.

Partnerships are reporting rising numbers of both routine and emergency presentations. Partnerships suggest an average increase of 25% in referrals to CAMHS tiers 2/3 since 2012, possibly due in part to the impact of regional and local cuts on community based services and third sector services.

For the full report click on the link below;

Kickboxing Event Raises £325.00 for The Tomorrow Project and Suicide Prevention Services

We are delighted to announce that after a very successful charity kickboxing event in East Leake on the 26th October, that £325.00 has been raised to support the Tomorrow Project and it’s suicide prevention services

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came and supported the event and to Martin Byrne and Kickbox UK who offered their time for free to set up and run the class. We are always proud to be so well supported by our local community and every penny raised helps us to save lives.

Some photos of the event can be found via this link

Self Harm and Eating Disorders Conference

Caroline Harroe, the director of Harmless, was delighted to be approached and asked to speak at today’s Self harm and eating disorders conference which is taking place at the Hilton hotel in Glasgow. This is an important opportunity for Harmless to be able to share our valuable knowledge and also shows that we are being recognised as experts in our field.

Caroline will be delivering a session on Practical Strategies and Interventions for Supporting Adolescents who Self Harm, she will also  provide an opportunity after her session for discussions and questions in which other experts will be able to find out more about the vital work we do at Harmless. This conference has been aimed at professionals working in education, social work, local authorities, health care organisations, charity and voluntary organisations, and other professionals who need or want a better understanding of this area.

The conference organisers state that;

“ The problem of self harm in children and young people is a lot more common than people think.According to researchers, 1 in 15 people self harm, while over 1.6 million people in the UK areaffected by eating disorders, the majority between 12–20 years old. The presence of an eating disorder in the teenage years has also been linked to an alarming rate of additional self harm tactics.For many professionals working with teenagers who are experiencing these problems it can beoverwhelming and difficult to know how best to react and help.”

The conference has been arranged by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, a mental health consultant, author and trainer in order to help educate professionals on how best to react and help someone who is experiencing these problems.

Alongside Caroline, other professionals delivering sessions will include Professor Rory O’Connor, Professor of Health Psychology from the University of Glasgow, who will be doing a session entitled “Understanding Self-harm and Suicide Risk” and Dr Alex Yellowlees, Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist, Priory Clinics, who will be discussing “Eating Disorders – What Are They?”.


In the news… Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed.

Researchers at the University of Bristol, working together with colleagues from the University of Oxford and University College London, collected data from 4,799 adolescents as part of Children of the 90s – one of the world’s largest population studies – to examine the outcomes of self-harm for the first time.

The research paper, funded by the Medical Research Council and published online in the BMJ today [22 October], reveals that almost a fifth (19 per cent) of 16-year-olds who took part in the study had a history of self-harm and most had not sought help from health professionals.

Examining their progress over the following five years showed that even those who self-harmed without suicidal intent had an increased risk of developing mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, compared with adolescents who had not self-harmed.

They were also more likely to self-harm in the future and to have substance misuse problems, such as using illegal drugs, smoking and drinking too much.

Those who self-harmed with suicidal intent were also more at risk of poorer GCSE and A-level results and were less likely to be in further education, training or employment three years later.

Although risks were generally stronger in those who had self-harmed with suicidal intent, outcomes were also poor amongst those who had self-harmed without suicidal intent.

Dr Becky Mars, who led the research at Bristol University’s School of Social and Community Medicine, said: “We’ve shown for the first time that adolescents who self-harm are more vulnerable to a range of adverse conditions in early adulthood. While we cannot say that self-harm directly causes such problems, it’s certainly a sign that all is not well and professionals need to be aware of such behaviour and identify it early.

“There is widespread lack of understanding amongst health and teaching professionals about those who self-harm without intending to take their lives. It should not be dismissed or viewed as trivial, as it could be a warning sign for suicidal behaviour or other problems later in life. These new findings highlight the importance of self-harm and the need for better understanding among professionals likely to come across youngsters who self-harm.”


‘Clinical and social outcomes of adolescent self harm: population based birth cohort study’(open access) by Becky Mars, Jon Heron, Catherine Crane, Keith Hawton, Glyn Lewis, John Macleod, Kate Tilling and David Gunnell in the BMJ.