Self Harm Drop In Sessions

Harmless will be offering their bi-monthly drop in sessions.

Our next drop in session will be:

Wednesday 1st April – 15.30 -16.30 – Young Person aged up to 21 years.  

Drop in services are run by trained therapists who are on hand to offer a friendly face and provide information about our self harm services.

If you know of anyone who self harms or you have any concerns about someone such as a family member or colleagues please feel free to join us.

If you would like more information about our services in general please feel free to join us.

Our drop in session are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 (admin line only) or email us at

Angela Samata – Life After Suicide BBC1 Tuesday March 17th 2015 22.45

As a TASC Core Member and supporter, Harmless would like to inform you all about a programme that is being screened on BBC 1 on Tuesday March 17th at 22.45. A link to the Radio Times is here. The programme is being presented by Angela Samata, who was chair of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and a member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC).

Angela’s partner Mark took his own life 11 years ago and she meets others who have experienced a similar loss, asking why some people choose to take their own lives and whether those left behind can come to terms with their bereavement. She meets Downton Abbey actor David Robb, a Suffolk farmer and Norfolk woman who lives with the suicides of both her husband and son.


Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training

There are still places available on our Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training this Thursday, 12th March.

This training will 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

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

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.

Venue: Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Price: £115 per person (10% discount for charities or for bookings of 5 or more places)

Book your place here: or email

Harmless speak at national self harm conference

Earlier today one of the Harmless’ team, Naomi Stewart, spoke at a national self harm conference hosted by Lancashire Mind.

The conference, held at Ewood Park Blackburn as part of self harm awareness 2015,  provided an important opportunity for delegates to build skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting children and young people who self harm.

Naomi’s presentation explored Harmless’ work in the community and shared numerous proven methods of how to successfully help those who self harm; which we hope will allow professionals within the field to more efficiently aid those who self harm in a proven and effective way. Delivered in the context of a growing evidence base, Naomi explored the data, relationships and vital service user voice in the  effectiveness and lessons learned by our service.

We were really pleased to asked to be part of the national conference and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mind Lancashire and the event organisers.

Poetry show raises £115 for self harm services

On Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, Nottingham poetry collective, The Mouthy Poets and cycling poet, First Time Dave raised funds for Harmless at their spring show Say Sum Thin 8.

First Time Dave is a poet who has been cycling across the UK as part of his “Good To Talk” tour. He has cycled to 10 different cities across 10 days and has performed gigs on each night to raise funds to support a local counselling organisation in each city.

On Friday 27th February he performed alongside The Mouthy Poets, a group of young people based in Nottingham who write and perform poetry. This was their 8th Say Sum Thin show split across 2 nights at Djanogly City Academy, where they have previously worked with students in the school.

Harmless administrator, Hayley Green, is a member of The Mouthy Poets and performed in their headline show on Saturday 28th February. She also introduced First Time Dave at the show on Friday. She said:

“I have always believed in the the benefits that poetry can have on emotional and mental health. In fact, it was poetry that set me on the course of recovery so it was an absolute honour to be able to help raise funds for Harmless as a member of The Mouthy Poets and to represent Harmless at Say Sum Thin 8. First Time Dave was brilliant and I felt very grateful to have been able to welcome him to Nottingham and to talk about the importance of the work that Harmless does.

The reaction and generosity of the audience was overwhelming and I am very pleased to have been able to make this connection and donate the money raised to a service I believe in. I hope to continue to support both Harmless and The Mouthy Poets in my creative and professional life and raise awareness of self harm through the work that I do.”

The show raised £115.19 in total over the 2 nights. This will go directly to supporting individuals who self harm, their friends, family and professionals. It is thanks to efforts like this that we can continue to deliver vital services and we would like to thank First Time Dave, The Mouthy Poets, and all those that kindly donated to the service.

To find out more about First Time Dave and his “Good to Talk” tour, visit his blog here:

To find out more about The Mouthy Poets and the work they do, visit their website here:

Today is Self Harm Awareness Day!

Self Harm Awareness Day is on the 1st of March each year, when organisations like ours come together in a united voice to try and create change.

Self harm is something that people do when they are simply overwhelmed by their emotions. Very rarely shared with others, self harm is an expression of distress. It is not attention seeking but something that people do when they don’t know what else to do, like screaming or shouting, slamming a door, or throwing something across a room.

Two of us set up Harmless in 2007 because we KNEW that our work was needed and vital. I had self harmed. I had faced stigma and discrimination, sometimes even cruelty. I had also, after a long time, found the kindness and support that I needed to turn things around.

There were times in my life that I had no hope at all. I began to realise, in my recovery, that hope was the vital lifeline that keeps us all on the planet, living our lives. Without it, we give up. Harmless was born out of a drive to bring that hope to others and to do that in a manner that also equips individuals with the skills that they need to live long and happier lives.

A recent client of Harmless’ said:

“Before I was seeing my counsellor, I used to harm myself a lot. It used to help me cope with stress and other things. It made me feel better when I hurt myself. I even had suicidal thoughts and thought I was going crazy.
“I can now deal with things a lot more easily. We talked about mood, thoughts and behaviour.”

This individual also experienced the complete despair that many people that self harm do, but they also managed to turn things around, they just needed a little help.

Today Harmless is a reputable service. It has grown in stature and reputation. But we still have a long way to go. Many of our services are not funded, even though the need is still growing. The people that contact us are very often, more often than is acceptable, facing lack of help and understanding. They face stigma and people making judgments about them.

What can you do today to support self harm awareness? Could you share this post? Have a conversation with someone? Reach out to someone that you know is struggling, or point someone in our direction if they think they need us and we can help?

Or if you would like to help us keep delivering services, could you make a donation? If you would like to follow this link and if you would like to set up a fundraising project, we welcome every penny – have a look here for information.