Auction item: A spa day for 2

Get your auction bids in for this little bit of luxury: a spa day for two at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

This spa pass will entitle you spa access for two for the day in the city centre hideaway. 

All monies raised from your bids will go straight to help people at risk of self harm and suicide- why not get yourselves a little bit of luxury at the same time as saving lives?

Bids received here at for the live auction on the 2nd of October. 

In the News: Rising numbers of stressed students seek help

Record numbers of students are beginning university this term, making the big emotional step of a new independent life, with many living away from home for the first time.

But there are warnings of rising numbers of students struggling to cope with life on campus, with sharp rises in the demand for counselling.

And there are questions about whether universities are providing enough support for emotional and mental health problems.

Ruth Caleb, chair of Universities UK’s mental well-being working group, says counselling services are facing an annual rise in demand of about 10%.

She estimates the use of counselling usually ranges between 5% and 10% of students, depending on the university, which would suggest at least 115,000 students are seeking help.

Sir Anthony Seldon, vice chancellor of Buckingham University, says this is a “massive problem” and universities have been “negligent” in accepting their pastoral responsibilities.

“Universities are not always honest about admitting the extent of the problems they have. They need to change, they need to take their responsibilities to students far more carefully.”


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Upcoming Free Mental Health Workshops Delivered by Harmless

To coincide with Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness weeks, Harmless will be delivering free workshops focusing on Mental Health.

Tuesday 6th October

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens 1:30pm – 3:30pm

This workshop will focus on how to promote resilience and wellbeing in the community through building of awareness and resilience amongst citizens and carers

A 1 hour drop in service will be held after Community Workshop delivery

Wednesday 7th October 

Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Training will be delivered at;



7 Mansfield Road




To book a place, please contact Sophie Allen on 0115 934 8445

Or email  or

Places are extremely limited so book promptly to avoid disappointment

Please note to be eligible for this training you must live or work in Nottingham city

Auction item: A two night stay for two at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham

Why not get your bids in on this 2 night stay, with breakfast, for 2, at the Crowne Plaza in Nottingham?

Whether you’re treating yourself to a few nights away, or need a break from the kids… Send your bids to

All monies raised will go directly to helping people in distress, those that self harm and are at risk of suicide. Money raised will save lives.

Our Trainer, Sarah, Reflects on Attending Recent Conferences around Suicide

Since working for Harmless I have attended two conferences, my first was the Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network (SPIN) in Aylesbury. My second, further North, was the Suicide Bereavement conference in Manchester. These are my first experiences of connecting with the wider community and so I thought I would take a minute to share my reflections of them.

As you enter these vast noise-filled spaces, weighed down by the heavy banners and numerous leaflets you have packed tightly into a carry case, your senses are overloaded by the hubbub of people who move continuously betwixt one another, similar to that of a river’s current. The main force of the current comes from the entrance of the room where you find yourself advancing with a stream of people until you come to the calmer central space.  Here you look around and quickly find yourself a place to dock. Whilst setting up your stand and raising the banner, your heightened senses pick up on the strong smell of coffee and tea and you feel drenched by the chatter of various accents. No sooner have you placed your last set of leaflets on the table then you are swamped by a multitude of curious faces and smiles. I have always enjoyed meeting new people and networking is a wonderful opportunity to do just that. You delve straight into conversation with the first inquisitive person who happens to catch your eye…and you’re off. I have never been one to brag and I was worried networking would involve a lot of bragging about how amazing our company is. However, I learnt this is not entirely the case and that in fact a lot of the time I found myself telling a story, telling my organisation’s story, my own story and the story of those who were not there to tell theirs.

Pretty quickly time catches up to you and your story telling is interrupted. You leave the safety of your dock in exchange for a foldable seat, before which is a podium and bright lights. Whilst you catch your breath and take in the sights around you, it is not long before you are absorbed by numerous speakers, all of whom speak with enthusiasm and passion for their cause. You can’t help but feel that same sense of passion as you hear their words wash over you.

For me the greatest achievement is when you see your organisation change a life. To help even just one person is enough to remind you of what you are fighting for. It puts your ideology into reality.  One life seems so small but look into the eyes of that individual and your cup is overflowing. It is more than enough to know that saving lives really is the priority. Underneath all the protocol and financial strains I dare anyone to stare into the eyes of someone in need and see them as a statistic or a figure.

I have learnt a lot from my first couple of conference visits and look forward to attending more over the coming years. I hope to fortify the friendships I have made and continue to develop my own learning whilst always striving to save lives, even if it is only one life at a time.

Harmless Self Harm Drop-in this Wednesday

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

Our next adult drop in session will be:

Wednesday  30th September  at 3:30pm–  4.30pm for young persons aged 18 years and over.

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, & Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB (Opposite House of Fraser)

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 9348445, or email us at


Raffle prizes galore for self harm and suicide prevention services.

Just over a week until our Harmless Celebration event and excitement is high. If there is ever an excuse to eat good food, have fun and raise awareness then the 2nd of October is the time. I have attended the majority of Harmless’s annual fundraising events and I must say all where memorable!
To all who are coming, we look forward to seeing you there and to those who couldn’t attend we hope to see you in following years to come. However, it’s not too late to join in!

If you fancy a holiday or maybe a fun time out with friends or family, then why not buy a raffle ticket?

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.

The draw will take place on October 2nd 2015 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place. Please make sure you include a phone number and email address so that we can contact you if you win. Tickets will be sent out in the post within 3 working days of receipt of payment.

Prizes include: A weeks stay in a studio apartment in Spain for 2 people, Hayley Masom Photography Studio Voucher, 2x Pantomime tickets (Aladdin), Ice Cream Maker, L’Occitane box of toiletries and many, many more.
For more details click here

Running for self harm services

Huge congrats today to Kessie and Claire, who ran the Sheffield 10k yesterday to raise funds for Harmless’ self harm support services.

There’s still time to get in those last minute sponsors and donations!

All monies will go directly to helping people in emotional distress – thank you for your support! 

Still in Rugby fever…? Why not bid for this amazing Six Nations Rugby Experience in our auction.

Still in Rugby fever… Why not bid for thisAmazing Six Nations Rugby tickets at Twickenham next March? An exclusive day, drinks, food, transport… A day out that you just can’t buy. 

All bids received at    

Highest bidder on the eve of October 2nd will take this amazing day out for two, away.