Free suicide awareness workshops scheduled to mark suicide awareness day.

On the 11th September, we will be hosting two free suicide awareness workshops to promote knowledge and understanding of suicide, that shall help you to engage with those who might be at risk of suicide. 

This workshop is designed as an introduction to understanding and talking about suicide.
If you would like to secure one of the places for either the am or pm workshop, please email but act fast- there are a very limited number of places available.

Could you write a blog for us?

Harmless would like to invite you to contribute to our blog. Our blog is important to us because it helps us convey a range of issues around self harm and suicide to the public. It helps us reach people in distress and promote better understanding about these issues amongst our readers.

It helps us tell you about our work, upcoming events, dispel myths and offer advice. But we also want it to challenge stigma and to offer real stories about self harm and recovery so that people reading this can feel connected to what we do and who we help.

If you would like to write a blog for us about your experiences, then you can submit this to with the title ‘blog post’. In your email, please tell us what name you would like us to use for you. You can say as little about your identity as you want.

The blog should be about 200 -300 words in length and shouldn’t be graphic in any way, but should offer the reader an insight into your experiences that mighty help them relate to self harm, distress, or suicide. The blog could be about what you’ve felt or experienced, what’s helped, or not helped… What needs to change, or what he stigma around these issues has been for you.

It is vital to harmless that we represent your voice and your experiences, so if you feel you can contribute to this blog, please do.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Help support Kathryn Cross as she bungee jumps in aid of Harmless

Kathryn will soon by completing a bungee jump in aid of Harmless’ self harm support services. She will be jumping from the Tyne Transporter Bridge to raise vital funds so that our support services can continue to help those who need them.

Let’s give Kathryn a helping hand in reaching her £100 target! 

You can donate by visiting her LocalGiving fundraising page here:

All of us here at Harmless would like to thank Kathryn for her kind support and for choosing to raise money so that our services can continue to make a difference. Your support helps us to work towards a brighter future for many people.

The support services Harmless provide received limited funding, and it is only by these kind fundraising and donations that we are able to continue providing self harm support to those who really need it.

Young People’s Happiness in the UK One of the Lowest in Europe

According to the The Good Childhood report 2015 English children are among the most unhappiest in the world.  England ranked 14th out of 15 countries for life satisfaction and 11th for feelings of happiness and feeling positive about the future, they were also ranked the lowest 15th for self confidence.

More than a third of English Young people said that they had been bullied at school and half had been excluded by class mates.

Too many young people are suffering and their problems are ignored.

At Harmless through the Hope Project, we are actively listening to young people and try to understand their experiences.  It is hoped that by attending sessions with Harmless young people will learn positive coping strategies such as talking to someone, relaxation or distraction.

If you feel you would like to access our services, or know someone who would please contact us at

Alternatively, we also run a drop in service. Here you will have the opportunity to talk to one of our trained Therapists without booking an appointment. The next drop-in for young people aged 21 and under will be held on:

Wednesday 16th September, between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.

All Drop in sessions will take place at the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Building, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB (Opposite House of Fraser).

Harmless’ Range of Resources Around Self Harm are Available to Purchase on Our Online Store

Harmless offer a range of helpful and supportive resources for people who self harm, their families, friends, carers and professionals. These resources can be used to raise awareness, provide insight, promote recovery and help people move forward with their lives. All of the money we raise through the sales of our resources goes directly towards helping us continue delivering our vital services.

Out of Harm’s Way: Harmless DVD

Out of Harm’s Way is a DVD is a resource that can be used by people that self harm, to promote recovery and self belief. It can also be used by professionals or carers to enhance understanding, empathy and strategies that are helpful when supporting people that self harm.

Through the eyes of those with first hand experience, we will examine the nature of self harm, distress, and recovery.

“This DVD has helped me so much. I have struggled to understand my son’s self harm but even this short trailer has given me more empathy and willingness to understand. For the first time – something hopeful about self harm!”

In the DVD, we speak to Jenny, Mark, Fiona and Satveer who have personal experience of self harm and whose courage in speaking out has enabled them to discuss their experiences on film.

In Our Own Word’s Book

In Our Own Words’ aims to promote insight and understanding of self harm. The book contains words and images that have been generated by people whose lives have been touched by self harm; through personal experiences, or by knowing and working with those who have struggled.

In spring 2009 Harmless recruited a team who formed the editorial group for this project. These people had their own stories relating to self harm and were brought together to shape the journey of this book. This was an exercise to create a book that would be useful and inspiring, challenging stigmas and stereotypes. It also provided an opportunity for those who have had their own personal battles to be involved in a project that could change perceptions and reach out to others.

Harmless Workbook

Harmless have developed this workbook in collaboration with service users, therapists and the Institute of Mental Health to provide a tool that can be used to promote recovery and self reflection amongst people that self harm. The workbook provides a series of activities to work through to help the individual to start to reflect upon their ways of coping, and to begin to manage these differently.

The workbook is not a substitute for counselling or therapy, but it is designed to help naturally promote some of the insight that can be helpful to help people move forwards in their life. The belief behind the book is that by promoting awareness, insight and resilience amongst people that self harm, they can start to cope differently, or feel better.

Self Harm Policy Guidance

The purpose of a policy on self harm should be to uphold best practice in relation to self harm, and define clearly the interventions and steps that should be taken to support a young person that is self harm. The policy should inform the staff of what is expected of them, and be a document that helps staff to contain and respond to a situation fairly and responsibly with the best interests of the young person, in mind.

If you would like more information, or to buy any of our products, you can do so by visiting our online shop:

Alternatively you can contact a member of the team by calling us on 0115 934 8445 or emailing

Harmless Trainer Talks, Self Harm, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Training

I have now completed my first deliveries of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and wanted to share how these went.

So ASIST was delivered at the end of July and was an enjoyable and positive experience. I feel it was well received by the delegates and that they really engaged with the process over the 2 days.

There were of course challenges given the topic, but as a group we worked together to overcome these challenges and everyone was supported and supportive throughout what is an extremely emotive experience. There were laughs and tears, which is perfectly normal in ASIST. It is an opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe and confidential environment.

As a Trainer, it is extremely important to value and respect everyone’s contributions and allow time for reflection. It is also important to create a safe learning environment where delegates feed confident and at ease to fully participate. I feel overall, myself and my co –facilitator managed this, ensuring each individual got the best experience they could while being both challenged and supported.  I am looking forward to my next delivery on 7th and 8th September.

MHFA was delivered two weeks ago and will be delivered on 26th and 27th August, which I am looking forward to. Again, I found this delivery really enjoyable. There are a range of activities which ensure participant engagement and most importantly allow delegates the opportunity to interact with peers and discuss mental health in depth through group and paired discussions. MHFA really is a good opportunity to learn the skills the support individuals in crisis and share knowledge and experience in a safe and secure learning environment.

I feel the delegates fully engaged in what is quite an interactive session and found it re-affirming and thought provoking throughout.

For both ASIST and MHFA there was a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the room. This can make for challenging deliveries in terms of delegates being afraid to say or do the wrong thing in front of other professionals. However, I felt a huge amount of respect for each and every individual as they all had the courage to contribute and share resulting in an extremely positive delivery for both ASIST and MHFA

If you would like any more information regarding ASIST and MHFA training, or would like to book a place, please contact us at, alternatively you can call the office on 0115 934 8445.

Our CEO, Caroline, Speaks in Response to the Results of the ‘Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015′

Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015 has shown that an alarming number of girls aged 11-21 in the UK are experiencing emotional distress, but more alarmingly, that they feel that the parents and adults in their lives fail to notice or understand these.

Our CEO, Caroline Harroe gave comment today to Capital fm on the report, stating that “whilst what the report states is upsetting, it does not come as a surprise… we hear the stories of young people on a daily basis and whilst we are aware that more people are coming forwards to seek support, there is still a huge gap between the needs of young people and how well they are received by adults. This report is just a manifestation of what we see every day in society; young people are disempowered and their distress is often written off as ‘immature’ or ‘hormonal’. We need to listen sooner to the needs of young people and help them to express themselves freely in order to get the help that they need.”

You can listen to the interview with Caroline on Capital fm across the course of the afternoon and read the full article below:


 Parents are too often out of touch with the mental health pressures faced by girls and young women, suggests research.

Self-harm was the biggest health concern for girls aged 11-21, according to the Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015.

Researchers questioned a representative sample of more than 1,500 UK girls and young women aged seven to 21.

The findings “provide a stark warning”, said chief executive Julie Bentley.


The figures show the mental wellbeing and resilience of UK girls are under threat – and yet adults are failing to recognise this, according to the organisation, the UK’s largest charity for girls and young women.

Among more than 1,000 11-to-21-year-old girls and young women questioned, the top health concerns were self-harm, mental illness, depression and eating disorders, along with smoking.

Some 62% of this age group said they knew a girl or young woman who had experienced a mental health problem, while 82% said adults often failed to recognise the pressures they faced.

Overall, more than a third (37%) said they had needed help with their own mental health.

Girlguiding says comparable figures from its 2010 survey showed girls’ top concerns then were binge-drinking, smoking and drug abuse.


The 2015 survey suggests girls believe their parents’ worries are stuck in the past, focusing on drug and alcohol abuse.

Worries about sexual harassment and low body confidence are widespread, suggests the survey.

Three-quarters of the 11-to-21 age group said anxiety about sexual harassment had had a negative impact on them in some way, for example, affecting what they wore and how they felt about their bodies.

Some 39% said they had experienced a demeaning comment on their appearance within the past week.

Among the seven-to-11 age group, 83% reported feeling sad or down and 16% said this was because of concerns about their looks.

Root causes

Ms Bentley called for an open conversation about the issues.

“By listening to girls we can work together to tackle the root causes of their distress and champion their potential.”

Harmless Self Harm Drop-in Service Tomorrow

Harmless provide two drop-in sessions per month, one for adults and a separate one for young people.

Our next drop-in service is for adults. If you are 18 or over, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along.

Our next session for adults is Thursday 20th August at 11 am until 12 noon.

Our trained therapist will be on hand to offer information or advice about any concerns you may have about self harm.

If you have any concerns about someone such as a family member, friend or a colleague, then please feel free to join us, you will be assured of a friendly welcome.

All Drop in sessions will take place at the Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Building, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB (Opposite House of Fraser)

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 934 8445 or email us at

Help Support Kessie & Claire as they raise vital funds for Harmless

Kessie & Claire will be running The Great Yorkshire Run on 27th September 2015 in aid of Harmless’ self harm support services. All of us here in the Harmless team would like to thank both of them for their kind support and for choosing to raise money so that our services can continue to help those who need it.

Let’s give them a helping hand in reaching their £250 target!

We would like to thank both Kessie & Claire for their support and for choosing to raise money for Harmless; your support really does make a difference and helps us to work towards a brighter future for many people.

The services Harmless provide received limited funding, and it is only by these kind fundraising and donations that we are able to continue provided self harm support to those who need it.

Please support Kessie & Claire by visiting their LocalGiving fundraising page here:

Sending acutely ill mental health patients out of area ‘increases post-discharge suicide risk’

Sending acutely ill mental health patients out of area ‘increases post-discharge suicide risk’

National inquiry on suicide calls for end to out of area placements for acute admissions and urges commissioners to review safety of acute services

The practice of NHS mental health services sending acutely ill mental health patients to out of area hospitals heightens the risk of suicide on discharge and should stop, experts say.

Researchers at the national confidential inquiry on suicide also recommended that crisis resolution teams should not be used as a default for patients who are at high risk or who lack social supports. Suicides of patients under care of the teams, which are used by the NHS as a home-based alternative to hospital care, increased in 2013 after years of numbers remaining relatively stable, the inquiry found.


Risk of out of area placements

The inquiry reviewed suicide and homicide data between 2003 and 2013. Researchers found that the proportion of post-discharge period suicides involving patients placed out of area increased from 6% (around 68 deaths per year) over the 2003 to 2007 period to 11% (109 deaths per year) over the 2008 to 2012 period.

Professor Louis Appleby, the inquiry’s director who was formerly the government’s mental health lead and heads-up the national suicide prevention strategy, said use of out of area placements for acute admissions should cease. Sending people away from local services was likely to disrupt efforts to put support in place for the weeks after they leave hospital, a period of “maximum risk”, he said.

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