Harmless Auction! Fly a plane!

 On Friday 2nd October 2015 Harmless are hosting our annual Celebration evening to celebrate our achievements and excellent work in the field of self harm.

As part of our celebration evening we will be holding our auction with some fantastic prizes such as a flight experience.

This is an Introductory flying lesson, with a 40 minute brief before the flight and a 20 minute flight in a two – seater plane, with a fully qualified instructor. You will even get to fly the plane. A gift voucher will be provided for the winning bidder to make a booking at their preferred time and date.

To bid on this item, simply email your bid to

info@harmless.org.uk.

 You can also bid over the phone on 0115 934 8445

The highest bidder on Friday 2nd October 2015 will win the item.

Terms and conditions of the auction are available on request. You must be over 16 years to enter the auction.

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.

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 info@harmless.org.uk 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.

Harmless team at Suicide Bereavement Conference in Manchester – 24th & 25th September 2015

Today and tomorrow, the Harmless team are attending a two day National Suicide Bereavement Conference in Manchester, entitled ‘Suicide Bereavement: Bridging the gap between what we know and what we do.

Our CEO, Caroline, will also be delivering running a workshop on the second day of the conference. This workshops aims to provide the delegates with a community based postvention response to suicide contagion. This is entitled, ‘Going where we need to go’.

In this workshop, Caroline will take about ‘The Tomorrow Project’ which was launched by Harmless after a suicide cluster in rural Nottinghamshire. Its aim is to respond to the needs of the community and delivers a programme of support directly to the affected community and the bereaved families. Caroline will describe the model employed and the lessons learned. The workshop will consist of a short film and an opportunity for attendees to explore the complex issues that working in a bereaved community presents.

Speaking at this conference gives us the opportunity to spread awareness of The Tomorrow Project and Harmless and the work that we do, so that we can work together with others to continue saving lives.

BBC Radio Nottingham Breakfast show features The Tomorrow Project

In a bid to raise awareness of suicide and a plea to save The Tomorrow Project from closure, tomorrow is a big day for us as the BBC will be featuring our story throughout the day.

Starting on the breakfast show on BBC Radio Nottingham, our CEO will be speaking about our vital work, alongside Adrienne, our Clinical Manager and Penny Johnson, a mother who tragically lost her son to suicide.

We hope that our stories will help the public and potential finders appreciate how vital our work is, and help us to keep the project running.

Then, in the evening, health correspondent Rob Sissons will be speaking about this further on the tea time news, East Midlamds Today.

We’ve worked hard to put this piece of media together and we hope that you’ll be watching and listening and support us to keep our life saving work afloat. 

In the News: Screen time Is Making Kids moody, irritable and lazy

Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem “wired and tired.” That is, they’re agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially.

At some point, a child with these symptoms may be given a mental-health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, and offered corresponding treatments, including therapy and medication. But often these treatments don’t work very well, and the downward spiral continues.

 

To read the full article, please click the following link: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201508/screentime-is-making-kids-moody-crazy-and-lazy?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost

In the News: Teenage chat guide helps parents spot online dangers

Parents concerned their children are “zerging” or giving away their ASL will be able to decode social media using a language guide launched by government.

The dictionary translates abbreviations used by teenagers, including get naked on cam (GNOC) and age, sex, location (ASL) often used by children using anonymous chatrooms to disclose their personal details.

The tool will also help parents spot when their child issues a P999 (parent alert) or a CD9 (Code 9), to make their online friends aware their parents are around.

For the full story: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/06/teenage-chat-guide-helps-online-dangers-parent-info-p999

Would you be willing to talk of your experience of suicide and receiving our health, to the media?

Have you received help from the Tomorrow Project? We need your help.
The news are covering a piece about our funding struggles to air this week and they really want to speak to someone who has received help from us in a crisis. 
We are trying to show how our service saves life, and we really need someone willing to speak up about their story.
Is anyone willing to tell their story, on camera or anonymously? 
We need your support now, more than ever. If you think you might consider this, then please message us on Facebook, or email 

Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training – 2nd November 2015

Our next Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training day will be held on Tuesday 2nd November 2015.

This training day will 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.

The training day 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.

To book your place, click here, or email training@harmless.org.uk

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 2015

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

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

FREE mental health training if you live or work in Nottingham City

Harmless are hosting a range of free courses, book fast to avoid disappointment:
If you live or work in Nottingham City: Mental Health Community Workshops 

 

Monday 5th October 1 x morning 9:30am – 11:30am (2 hours per delivery)

Tuesday 6th October1 x afternoon 1:30pm – 3:30pm (2 hours per delivery)

 

1 x Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers

 

Wednesday 7th October afternoon 1:00pm – 5:00pm
To book on any of the courses, please email sophie@harmless.org.uk

The Tomorrow Project faces closure due to funding loss.

It is with great sadness that we write this blog.

Over the last few months the Management team have spent countless hours trying to raise vital funds to keep The Tomorrow Project and some of Harmless’ vital support services operating. 

Whilst we have worked around the clock to generate funds for this work, many of these efforts have been fruitless. 

We face a significant financial shortfall for the forthcoming year and unless we manage to change the situation, many people in crisis, especially those at risk of suicide or who are self harming, will be without the support that they need. 

Caroline, our CEO says ‘fund raising for our services has always been difficult. We work in a difficult field of mental health where there is a lot of stigma. We’ve made such progress and established ourselves as a leading provider of these services in the UK but unless we secure the help that we need, those services will be forced to close. It’s devastating for all of us to think that people who are contemplating ending their life might not have access to the help that they need’

‘Please, however small, however large, please consider supporting our vital work. Your money will help save lives’

We are appealing to anyone who could take on small fundraising projects, or companies that could take on sponsorship of our work. You could even sign up to make a regular donation to our project by following this link:

https://localgiving.com/donation/harmless/monthly

Thank you. Let’s save lives together!