In the News: Teach mental health in primary schools, advisory group says….

Young people on NHS-affiliated panel say placing subject on national curriculum is key to helping prevent problems in later life.

Mental health should be placed on the national curriculum for primary school children, an NHS-affiliated advisory group has said.

The Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group, which was set up by the NHS’s clinical research network, said that if problems were to be prevented or dealt with effectively later, it was essential to address the issue early.

Susannah Page, a member of the group, said: “The first step [in dealing with mental health] is by tackling the stigma, and the way to do that is, while people are still young and learning, to talk to them about what mental health is and how you can get good mental health. It should definitely be part of the national curriculum, in common with sex education.

“To get access to many young people, the best way to that is through schools. The best time is the transition between primary and secondary school because that is the age people may start experiencing mental health problems.”

Around one in 10 children and young people in the UK have a mental health disorder. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health puts the figure at 850,000 and says 75% of these do not get the help they need, often because of a lack of awareness in those around them. Studies suggest there is a strong correlation between childhood and adolescent mental health difficulties, and problems in adulthood.

The advisory group comprises 14 16- to 24-year-olds with either direct or indirect (through friends or family members) experience of mental health problems. Earlier this year, members of the group met the chief medical officer for England and Wales, Sally Davies, and told her its vision for schools.

Harmless Self Harm Drop in Sessions for January through to March

Harmless would like to invite you to attend our friendly Drop In Support Group Meetings.

In the New Year Harmless will be offering two Drop – In sessions per month.

One for Young People’s ages (Up to 21 years)

One for Adults ages (18+ years).

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. Our approachable staff create a friendly and inviting atmosphere , offering a friendly face and provide information about our services.

You will have the opportunity to meet Val our experienced and qualified therapist and Colin, our experienced and friendly Project Worker.

We provide services for anyone and not just for those who self harm. If you have concerns about someone else such as a family member or a colleague then feel free to join us.

Please feel free to bring along someone who you can trust such as a friend if this makes you feel more at ease.

Our sessions for the New Year :

Wednesday 6th January 2016 2 – 3 pm  – Adult Drop in (Ages 18+)

Wednesday 13th January 2016 4.30 – 5.30  – Young Person Drop in (Ages 11- 21)

Wednesday 3rd February 2016 2 – 3 pm –  Adult Drop in (Ages 18+)

Thursday 18th February 2016 11 – 12 am –  Young Person Drop in (Ages 11 – 21)

Wednesday 2nd March 2016 2 – 3 pm – Adults Drop in (Ages 18+)

Thursday 10th March 2016 16.30 – 17.30 – Young Person Drop in ( 11 – 21)


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

Harmless services are closed until January 4th 2016. Messages and emails will be responded to at the earliest opportunity when we return.

Happy New Year to everyone, whoever you are and wherever you are.

Happy New Year to everyone, whoever you are and wherever you are. As we said yesterday we understand that the New Year is a difficult time of year for many. It can mark a passing of time and when people feel hopeless about the future, this can exacerbate feelings of hopelessness and desperation. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project work with people that self harm and those that are at risk of suicide. Over 2016 we promise to keep working hard to keep people safe and help them to feel as though, no matter how bad things are, there is always someone there for them – someone who can help and support.

We are facing a difficult time over the coming months. Our funding is in a difficult state. At a time when our work and reputation precede us and when the need for our work reaches new heights we will face some challenges. However, we absolutely promise you that we will work so hard over 2016 to ensure that  we have the funding to keep our services growing – to keep meeting the needs of people in distress.

So as we enter 2016, we ask you to support us. We know that we will face challenges, as each of us will, but as a service we are also hopeful that we will work around the clock to make this a successful year. No matter how hard things get, we will be here for you and will find a way to help everyone who asks us for it.

Happy New Year Everyone and thank you for all your support over the last year. We hope we can all make you proud in 2016.