Upcoming training at Harmless

A big hello from the Training Team at Harmless. We have been extremely busy getting ready for our first national annual conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ Are you coming along? If not and you would like to, it’s not too late to book a space! Places are charged at £150 per delegate or why not take advantage of our special offer where 2 people can attend for £200. You will have to be quick though because spaces are selling fast. Taking place on 1st March at Nottingham Conference Centre. Secure your place now by emailing jack@harmless.org.uk for a booking form.

Anyway, while we have been very busy with the conference, we have found time to make sure we have lots of valuable training days booked in over the upcoming months.

We are going to be delivering a range of training such as our own general self harm, CPD accredited training, Mental Health workshops, commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and MHFALite (Mental Health First Aid Lite)

The upcoming dates we have and prices for each session are as follows;

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

£150 per delegate

30th and 31st March 2016 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

£120 per delegate

4th and 5th April 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm

General introduction self harm training

£80 per delegate

6th April 2016 9:30am – 4:30pm

MHFALite (Mental Health First Aid Lite)

£50 per delegate

5th May 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Each delivery will take place in our specially allocated training room and delivered by experienced trainers, with extensive knowledge of self harm, suicide awareness and mental health.

Our upcoming mental health workshops (FREE to those that live or work in Nottingham City only) include;

Tuesday 15th March 2016

MHFALite 1:00pm -4:00pm

MHFALite is an introductory mental health awareness course. You’ll receive a MHFALite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Mental Health in the Workplace – Managers training 9:30pm – 1:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create m environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness.

Want to know what others thought of our training, here is some feedback from some of the delegates that have attended……

“As a result of attending the ASIST Suicide prevention course I feel I would be considerably better prepared to provide an initial response to someone who was considering ending their life. The model used in this course provides a clear framework to helping someone in this situation in a way that flows like a natural conversation. As a mental health lead for my organisation I would say anyone in a frontline public service would benefit from this course”

ASIST

‘The trainer touching on her own experiences made me see situations a lot clearer’

General self harm

‘Excellent training. Open, honest and interactive! Incorporating real life and experiences to help understanding’

General self harm

‘This training has helped me to see that talking honestly and openly about suicide is vital when helping people and that it isn’t something we should be afraid of’

MHFA

‘This was, without a doubt, the most engaging, informed, well presented session I have ever attended, delivered by someone, brutal with the truth and able to hold the room captivated. If all lectures were like this, I would find a new job attending lectures!!’

General self harm

‘Good to have the chance to talk about the impact on us as professionals, as well as focusing on the student.’

General self harm

‘I feel a lot more confident in the support I will offer to people with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis after having attended the 2 day training. Very informative and insightful.’

MHFA

To book on any of the courses listed above or to find out more information contact Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) on Sophie@harmless.org.uk or training@harmless.org.uk or call the team on 0115 934 8445

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016

OFFER EXTENDED BUT SELLING FAST

Due to popularity and increased sponsorship we have extended the following offer:

Two delegate Places for £200*

*Usual Price £150 per delegate place. A saving of £100 per two places. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available.

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

  • Collaborative partnership,
  • Service user representation,
  • Effective practice,
  • Driving change
  • Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

 

Have you received help from Harmless? Or struggled to find help for your self harm? If so, we would like to hear from you.

Have you received help from Harmless?  Or struggled to find help for your self harm? If so, we would like to hear from you.

We are currently looking for people aged between 19-25 to appear on the radio to speak about their experiences of self harm.

Recording will be on Monday 29th February in Nottingham ready to be aired on Tuesday 1st March for self harm awareness day.

If you would be interested in sharing your story, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Harmless Office Flooded – please be patient with us

Today we returned to our office after the weekend to find that a burst radiator has flooded our office and support rooms. At present the team are trying to relocate to a different office space so that we can continue to work but we do not have access to our phone line and equipment.

Please be patient with us as we try to get everything sorted – our priority at the moment is to ensure that everyone in need of support can still access that help.

if you need to get hold of us, the best way is to email us and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Do you think that Mental Health doesn’t affect you?

Mental health affects all of us in some way. One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

It was recently revealed that 41 per cent of 16 – 24 year old felt overwhelmed. For many people this can be the age that they begin their journey into self discovery by attending university.

This can be the first time they have lived away from home. They are coping with many more responsibilities, deadlines and challenging new experiences.

This can also be a worry, stressful and lonely time. One of the best ways through this can be to talk to someone, spending some time enjoying your favourite hobby and by organising yourself.

You are not alone, Harmless and the Tomorrow Project are here to support you. If you would like more information on the support we can provide please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk

Self Harm Conference, 1st March 2016: Free sponsored place applications close today

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT YOU APPLICATIONS FOR A FREE SPONSORED PLACE TO OUR SELF HARM CONFERENCE

DEADLINE IS 5pm TODAY (8th February 2016)

We have now secured sponsorship for a number of conference places from a selection of Community Champions. We are now inviting applications for these free places. So far, your Community Champions include Nottingham City Transport, Indo-African Agricultural Capital and Capital One, with the possibility of more to be announced soon.

If you would like to attend our conference in one of these free places, you will need to complete an application form which you can download using the red button below. 

All applications must be submitted to jack@harmless.org.uk no later than Monday 8th February 2016. Any late submissions may not be considered.

Please click here to download our Sponsored Places Application Form

Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee you a free place. All applications will be considered by Harmless management and you will be informed if you have been successful. If you do not hear back from us, please assume you have not been successful. 

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Tuesday 1st March 2016

£150 per delegate place

 

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

  • Collaborative partnership,
  • Service user representation,
  • Effective practice,
  • Driving change
  • Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to hope. 1st March 2016

£150 per delegate place*

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

  • Collaborative partnership,
  • Service user representation,
  • Effective practice,
  • Driving change
  • Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

 

Speakers:


We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

 

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

*a limited number of discounted places for charities are available, please contact jack@harmless.org.uk for details.

Service User Experience: The first time I self-harmed

The first time I self-harmed, I was 14 years old and in foster care. Up to this point in my life, I had received; violence from my father, sexual abuse from my brother and emotional abuse and neglect from my mother. Everything in my life happened around me and I could not control any of it. That I am just learning. Self-harming enabled me to have some control in my life but also, to release the pain that had been building up inside for so long. Afterwards, I would always hate the reminder of what I had done and would hide my shame. The irritation of the scars rubbing on my clothes made me unhappy and embarrassed.

I managed to stop self harming through university and the first two years I taught. An event at work, led me back to that place. A body full of emotion, and no outlet, and so I self-harmed. After, I thought I am not a teenager anymore, so why did I do it? However, self-harm does not distinguish between your age or gender. I am finding ways to minimise the want to self-harm.

I am finally receiving counselling, which is helping, but it is a process. What I do know, is that when I self-harm, I am only hurting myself, when it is others who have caused the pain I am feeling. Why do I have to experience more pain on top of what I am already feeling? This is what makes me want to stop and find healthy ways of releasing my feelings. It is a journey that I have to go on, but I will get to the destination that I deserve. Just know, that you are not alone in what you are feeling.

Successful day at the NSPA Conference.

I spoke today at the National Suicide Prevention Alliance conference #NSPAConf held at the Oval in London. 
Amongst speakers were MP Alistair Blurt, Hamish Elvidge, Johnny Benjamin & Professor Louis Appleby who was presenting the most up to date suicide statistics. 
In the afternoon I presented a workshop about the work of the Tomorrow Project by the title ‘exploring the geographic and demographic sensitivities of delivering a suicide prevention imitative’ alongside Outlook SW who were speaking about the differences of working in Cornwall.

A team of colleagues attended with me today to show support for the NSPA for which I am an elected steering group member and a member of today’s conference committee but both Harmless and the Tomorrow Project are member organisations. We hosted two information stands and had a lot of interest in our work, which is always great. 
We hope to be significantly involved in the successful future of suicide prevention work in the UK as we move forwards.