Introduction to Self Harm Training – 12th March 2015

Book now for our Introduction to Self Harm Training on 12th March 2015.

What do our training days provide?

Our  general training 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

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Date: Thursday 12th March 2015

Click here for more information and to book.

Have you been in care? Have you self harmed?

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

It is absolutely vital for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm. We want to give you a voice no matter what you’ve been through.

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 from anywhere in the UK. What you have to say could help other young people in the future.

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.

There is additional support available should you need it. Most of all we want your voices to be heard, we are here. We want to help and if you have the courage to tell us your story then we will use your views to make a difference.

To have a chat with someone you can contact Caroline or Adrienne at Harmless or 0115 9348445

Or speak to the research team directly at, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website:

Harmless are looking to recruit to an exciting new position: Training Coordinator

Harmless are looking to recruit to an exciting new position.

JOB TITLE: Training Coordinator

Hours: 22.5 hours per week (To be worked on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)

Pay: £18, 838 to £22, 016 pro-rata (Depending on experience)

Harmless are one of the leading organisations in the field of self harm and suicide prevention in the UK. We deliver a range of training and PSHE courses across the whole of the UK and we are looking to recruit a training development coordinator to lead Harmless’ training department.

The successful applicant will manage a team of trainers to develop, monitor and deliver a range of courses. They will take responsibility for ensuring training content is of a high quality, courses are of an accredited status and delivered by a dynamic and reliable team. The training coordinator will also seek new business and meet targets that will ensure Harmless is meeting its ultimate aim of improving knowledge and skills across our sector, but also generating income that is essential to Harmless’ sustainability.

Harmless currently has great relationships with organisations, professionals and services across the UK; it is of paramount importance that the successful applicant is dedicated and skilled at developing new relationships and gives our delegates a quality learning experience from start to finish.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email or call 01159 348445 (admin line only).

Application closing date 5pm on February 27th 2015 

Interviews to be held  w/c 16th March 2015

In the news…’Zero suicide’ goal

Lib Dems announce campaign for NHS to set ‘zero suicide’ goal

Labour also calls for more funds for child mental health as parties launch policies on so-called Blue Monday.

Nick Clegg on the Andrew Marr Show. He is promising to sign the NHS up to a national ‘zero suicide’ campaign. Labour and the Liberal Democrats will on Monday launch initiatives on mental health, with Nick Clegg promising to sign up the NHS to a national “zero suicide” campaign while Ed Miliband highlights the need to switch more NHS spending on mental health to children. The deputy prime minister will say that every part of the NHS in England should sign up to eliminate suicides in an attempt to cut the death toll of nearly 4,700 people a year, the majority of whom are men.


Some organisations in Merseyside, the east of England and the south-west have already adapted methods from a programme to combat depression in Detroit, in the US, where suicides were sharply reduced from 89 per 100,000 in 2001 to as low as zero among the patient population over the decade. Now the coalition government will appeal for the NHS, charities and voluntary organisations elsewhere to follow suit.


Both parties have timed their mental health policy launches to coincide with Blue Monday – a marketing invention based on a bogus equation to calculate supposedly the most depressing day of the year. The decision will be controversial because Blue Monday’s media profile has been blamed for trivialising depression. Clegg is hosting a mental health conference at the offices of the King’s Fund health thinktank, at which he will say: “Suicide is, and always has been, a massive taboo in our society. People are genuinely scared to talk about it, never mind intervene when they believe a loved one is at risk. “That’s why I’m issuing a call to every part of the NHS to commit to a new ambition for zero suicides. We already know that this kind of approach can work in dramatically reducing suicides.”




In the news….Why are men more likely to take their own lives?

This week saw the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, appeal for the widespread adoption of a “zero suicide” campaign in the NHS. This is admirable, but a concerted effort to prevent people from taking their own lives would be more effective if we understood why suicide is a particularly male problem. It’s known as the “gender paradox of suicidal behaviour”.

Research suggests that women are especially prone to psychological problems such as depression, which almost always precede suicide. In western societies, overall rates of mental health disorders tend to be around 20-40% higher for women than for men.

Given the unequal burden of distress implied by these figures, it is hardly surprising that women are more likely to experience suicidal thoughts. The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England 2007 survey found that 19% of women had considered taking their own life. For men the figure was 14%. And women aren’t simply more likely to think about suicide – they are also more likely to act on the idea. The survey found that 7% of women and 4% of men had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.

But of the 5,981 deaths by suicide in the UK in 2012, more than three quarters (4,590) were males. In the US, of the 38,000 people who took their own lives in 2010, 79% were men.

(These are startling figures in their own right, but it is also worth remembering just how devastating the effects of a death by suicide can be for loved ones left behind. Studies have shown, for example, an increased risk of subsequent suicide in partners, increased likelihood of admission to psychiatric care for parents, increased risk of suicide in mothers bereaved by an adult child’s suicide, and increased risk of depression in offspring bereaved by the suicide of a parent.)

So if women are more likely to suffer from psychological problems, to experience suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide, how do we explain why men are more likely to die by suicide?



Harmless receives a donation from Erewash Valley Running Club.

We would like to say a big thank you to the Erewash Valley Running club who recently made a donation of £130.00 to Harmless to support our suicide prevention and self harm services.


Like many services, we have had massive cuts in recent years and have no current statutory funding. Having support from our community in this way really helps us to continue the important work that we do and allows us to offer vital support for people in crisis.


This money was raised through a raffle which the running club held at their recent presentation evening. The running club has been going for over 30 years and always welcomes new members, their current membership tally being at around 70 people. The club regularly supports local charities through fundraising events and we are delighted that they chose to support Harmless on this occasion.


If you would like to make a donation to support Harmless and the Tomorrow Project, you can do so via our websites


Harmless are recruiting!

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within the organisation to join our specialist self harm and suicide prevention team.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include which job you are applying for in your email.


  • Project Worker
  • Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer
  • Sessional therapists and bank staff

Application closing date 5pm on February 20th 2015 (all positions)

Interviews to be held w/c 2nd March 2015 (all positions)


JOB TITLE: Project Worker

Hours: 20 hours per week

Pay:  £19k to £24k pro rata (Depending on experience)

 We are currently recruiting a project worker to join the Harmless team. This role will primarily involve working with clients who access the service who experience self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.


  • To provide an assertive outreach approach across Nottinghamshire, to promote a preventative and early intervention approach around the issues of self harm and suicide.
  • To work collaboratively with communities of need to promote health and recovery amongst individuals by using and demonstrating a range of non-clinical interventions that promote coping and resilience.
  • To support the recovery of service users by engaging in activities and practical support that will improve the quality of life, for instance support employment, social engagement, advocacy and housing.


JOB TITLE: Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer

Hours: Sessional basis

Pay:  TBA


  • Deliver high quality and professional training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • Delivery of a range of training packages including (but not limited to) PSHE workshops, specialist workshops and full day and half day specialist sessions on the themes of:

–       Mental health

–       Self harm

–       Suicide prevention


JOB TITLE: Sessional therapists and bank staff

Hours: Various

Pay: £12.00 to £15.00 p/h depending on experience

We are currently recruiting sessional counsellors to supplement our permanent Harmless team. This role will primarily involve working with clients who experience mental health problems and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.

‘Bank staff’ will provide cover for both planned and unplanned leave within the clinical team as well as bringing specific skills, knowledge and experience for short periods of time.


  • To provide sessional counselling people to clients who experience mental health problems 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 mental health problems and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.
  • Counsellors must be accredited with BACP or equivalent. Unfortunately we will not consider anyone who is not accredited at this time.

The Tomorrow Project present at the East Midlands Self Harm and Suicide Research Conference.

Today members of The Tomorrow Project team represented our work at the East Midlands Self Harm and Suicide Research Conference.

Amongst other key research presentations, we were privileged to have been asked to represent our project at such an event.

Our Director, Caroline Harroe spoke of how The Tomorrow Project began; of the painful experiences of loss in one community that gave rise to a this service.

Caroline described the model of the suicide prevention project and how, over the course of two years, this has been delivered. More importantly, the presentation looked at what we have found in undertaking the work; what the community tell us are their experience of suicide and what has come out of providing help.

Speaking with passion for the needs of people bereaved by suicide, the audience, made up of academics and clinicians alike, were responsive and offered advice and support.

The Tomorrow Project has a wealth of valuable data and intends to use it to good use, over the coming months, speaking at a national level to try and influence change for people at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

We ask that you help us, as we now turn our attention to questionnaires and surveys over the coming months, that will help us tell the story of The Tomorrow Project and the people behind it.

We are proud to drive change in this area and earn the respect of our peers in the field of research.

Caroline says: “The Tomorrow Project is a unique and vital service that listens to the needs of people that are at risk of suicide and those bereaved by suicide.

I was anxious presenting to the audience today because I have a responsibility to convey just how important this piece of work is.

I hope after hearing about our work and our findings and the people behind our wonderful project that there will be even more interest in The Tomorrow Project and more focus in funding the vital services we provide.”


All Party Committee Report highlights gaps in suicide prevention provision in England

All Party Committee Report highlights gaps in suicide prevention provision in England

Gaps in suicide prevention provision around the country have been highlighted in a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention (APPG) which is being launched today.

A survey of local authorities in England by the APPG found that around 30 per cent do not have a local suicide prevention action plan, around 40 per cent do not have a multi-agency suicide prevention group and around 30 per cent do not collect local suicide data.

These actions are all seen as crucial to putting the government National Suicide Prevention Strategy into practice effectively. Public Health England (PHE) should use its 15 local centres across the country to encourage and support public health teams in areas where the survey data shows that the national strategy is not being fully implemented, the APPG said in its report.

Organisations like the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Group (NSPSG), the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) and other related organisations could also use the data to try and stimulate activity in areas where the strategy has not been fully implemented, the APPG said.

Coroners should collect data about suicide which should be made available automatically to health teams, the APPG said, and Chief Coroner should issue guidance to Senior Coroners to allow public health teams easier access to their records.

PHE could advise on collecting the data locally and how it can be used, as well as pooling the figures over wider areas in order to better identify trends, the report added.

Joe Ferns, Samaritans’ Executive Director of Policy, said: “It is really important that action is planned and delivered locally to ensure the National Suicide Prevention Strategy is put into practice in every area of the country.

“We know that areas of deprivation are likely to have higher suicide rates and so it is particularly worrying that many of these areas do not have suicide prevention plans in place.”

Madeleine Moon MP, chair of the APPG said: “We were concerned that the lack of funding and requirement to report back to the Department of Health, alongside the changes in the NHS structure, would have a negative impact on suicide prevention.

“This report confirms our concern that at a local level the essential work to prevent suicide is just not happening.  We also feel there is an urgent need to address the reported low level of suicide prevention activity across the Greater London area. Suicide remains the main killer of otherwise fit and healthy young males.  Action must be taken to raise the priority and funding for suicide prevention.”

Read the full report

In the News…. New strategy to cut suicides ‘achievable’, says Clegg

New strategy to cut suicides ‘achievable’, says Clegg

The government is calling for a fundamental overhaul of how the NHS tackles suicides.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg says many suicides are preventable and wants hospitals to aim to end all such deaths.

The approach is based on a successful scheme in the US city of Detroit, where the suicide rate among patients in the scheme fell by 75% within four years.

More than 4,700 people killed themselves in England in 2013, a rise of more than 6% on 2012.

“Suicide is preventable, it is not inevitable”, said Mr Clegg.

“We have to break this hidden assumption that nothing can be done to stop people killing themselves.

“Suicide is one of the biggest killers of men under the age of 50 and if this was a physical health problem, there would be a national outcry.”

The deputy prime minister wants hospitals to adopt an approach pioneered by the Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit.

‘Suicides deserve respect’

In 2001, it embarked on a wide-ranging programme that included improved staff training, increased contact with patients and better education for the families of people who were deemed to be at risk.

Within four years, the suicide rate among Henry Ford’s patient population had fallen by 75%; by 2008, they had stopped all suicides among patients of the medical group.

Inspired by what happened in Detroit, Merseycare NHS Trust in Liverpool is now embarking on a similar strategy.

It is going to:

  • create a Safe from Suicide Team, a 24/7 group of experts which rapidly and thoroughly assesses patients who are having suicidal thoughts
  • improve the care of people who present with self-harm injuries at accident and emergency units, offering them therapies on the spot and following up with them when they go home
  • improve data collection on patients to get a better understanding of how and where patients are most at risk of suicide and then targeting resources at them

Dr David Fearnley, medical director at the trust, believes that within 18 months there will be a noticeable decrease in the number of patients who kill themselves.

“When people have a very serious physical injury, like chest pains or strokes, hospitals put all that they can around them to make them better.

“We think suicides deserve the same respect, the same intensity, the same innovative level of care. That’s our ambition and we think we can deliver that.”

And Joe Rafferty, chief executive of the trust, said one idea it was taking from the Detroit system was the development of a safety plan for each individual.

“Everything about that individual, their risk, their tendencies, everything we know should be incorporated into that safety plan, so that any professional that comes into contact with them can understand better what to do next.”

What Mr Clegg calls a “new ambition” for the NHS comes as mental health services are under increasing pressure, with demand soaring, budgets falling and patients regularly complaining about poor care.

While not denying the stresses on the system, the deputy prime minister insists that his goal of drastically reducing suicides is achievable.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity Sane, said there was plenty to consider first.

“Any reduction in suicides pledged by the government will never be achieved until it is accepted that psychiatric beds and units must be restored or replaced, and that we do not rely on overstretched crisis teams.

“As we have been told, you can’t keep someone on suicide watch in the community.”


Date: 19th January 2015