Join our wonderful supporters and make a regular donation that can save lives.

We hope to gather ten new regular donors to become our life saving supporters, this month.Today we gained our first person towards this target. This is great news…

If ten people give £5 a month we can reach 24 more people in crisis. 

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have heir loved ones. 

Could you spare £5 a month?

Help us reach our target of ten new supporters. You can sign up here:

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

‘when I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’

In the News: Heads warn over pupils’ untreated mental health issues.

Children’s untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers.

The National Association of Head Teachers says with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern.

A snapshot survey of 1,455 English heads suggests two-thirds of primary schools cannot deal with such issues.

The government says it has ring-fenced £1.4bn for children’s mental health.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the heads’ union, NAHT, says: “We know the government is determined to improve children’s mental health but there’s still a danger that some children will take untreated mental problems into adulthood.”

‘Vital role’

Mr Hobby said three-quarters of school leaders had reported that they lacked the resources needed to provide the kind of mental health care that children need.

“Although increasingly common inside secondary schools, almost two-thirds of primary school leaders say that it is difficult to access local mental health professionals,” he said.

“Schools play a vital role in supporting children’s mental health and building their resilience – but rising demand, growing complexity and tight budgets can get in the way of helping the children who need it most”.

 

For the full story, please click the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35502394

Could you support us to keep our services afloat?

The support services that we offer to people in crisis is a vital aspect of our work and yet we don’t have ongoing funding for much of this work.

Much of our crisis and therapeutic work is in need of supporters and fundraisers to enable us to keep helping people who can’t get this help from anywhere else.

Currently, regular donations enable us to provide 2 crisis sessions a month to people who would otherwise not get the help that they need. This isn’t a lot, but it really is important work. We have many people who aren’t able to receive our help and we hate having to turn people away.

There are many ways that you could help us to increase the number of people that we are able to help. Could you undertake your own fund raising activity – people have undertaken personal challenges, ran half marathons and held cake sales, all in the name of raising money for our work?

You can set up a fundraiser page here: https://localgiving.org/fundraisers

If you are not able to undertake a fundraiser; could you sign up to a regular donation via direct debit? Signing up to an amount that you are able to commit to on a monthly basis means that an amount as small or large as you are able to help with, will go directly to helping people.  By giving in this way you are helping us to save lives – what could be more rewarding?

You can sign up here: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/

‘when I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’

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.

Upcoming Self Harm Drop in Dates

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

Harmless offer 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 upcoming sessions are:

  • Thursday 7th April 2016 4 – 5 pm – Young Person Drop in (Ages 11- 21)
  • Wednesday 13th April 2016 2 – 3 pm – Adult Drop in (Ages 18+)
  • Thursday 25th April 2016 4 – 5 pm – Young Person Drop in (Ages 11 – 21)
  • Wednesday 4th May 2016 2 – 3 pm – Adults Drop in (Ages 18+)

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 9348445 or email us at info@harmless.org.uk

In the News: Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis?

An NHS counsellor lets out a deep sigh as she puts the phone down. Her latest caller has revealed a further bout of self-harming. She fans her face to cool down after another tough counselling session on the frontline of Britain’s mental health crisis.

This cramped call centre in an industrial park in west Oxford is one of dozens of locations where the NHS is finally starting to grapple on a mass scale with illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

The despair caused by a largely hidden national problem spills from the phone lines daily, and this team of 30 counsellors gets frequent reports of suicidal feelings. Patients include everyone from stressed Oxford dons and high-flying students to landscape gardeners and harassed mothers. Problems range from “social anxiety, behavioural avoidance, phobia of toilet, wine”.

This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but the system is struggling to cope. Lord Layard, a government adviser on mental health, identified mental health problems as “the biggest causes of misery in Britain today”, with an estimated 6 million people affected.

For the full story click on the link..

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/25/call-centre-counselling-treating-mental-illness-therapy-iapt-cbt-nhs?CMP=fb_gu

A Safer Internet

The Internet can be a great place for education, creativity and entertainment.

Young people find social media an important part of everyone life.

In a recent survey carried out for CBBC, Newsround it suggests that more than three quarters of children aged 10 to 12 in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit. One in five young people have faced online bullying, and four out of five young people have seen ‘online have’, such as offensive or threatening language.

Another worrying statistic that came out of recent surveys is that thirty seven per cent of 10 – 12 years old with a social media account say they have made friends online with someone they’ve not met in person.

The UK Safer Internet Centre is launching the ‘Creating a Better Internet for All report’ after carrying out research with 1,512 young people aged 3 – 18 years, exploring young people’s attitudes, experiences and responses to positive and negative of being online.

  • 94 per cent of young people believe that no one should be targeted with online hate, however
  • 82 per cent have seen or heard something hateful about certain groups on the Internet.
  • 35 per cent of young people said that online hate is something they worry about, whilst
  • 74 per cent said that online hate makes them more careful about what they share online.

We need to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to ensure they are equipped to deal with online hate.  It is important that young people keep themselves safe online, here is some advice for young people to make the internet a place for kindness and respect.

  • Think about what you are posting, would you say or do this to someone face to face?
  • Be careful of what information you share, if you wouldn’t want to share this will your Grandparent or your Teacher, don’t share it online.
  • Be careful what you chat about, don’t share personal information like your phone number, your address and where you go to school.
  • Keep your private stuff private, use the privacy settings which enable you to choose what information you share.
  • If you are put under pressure its ok to say NO, stop what you are doing and tell a safe, trusted adult, you won’t get into trouble and they will be able to help you.
  • If everyone reports online hate when they see it maybe it can be stopped.

 

In the News: Children in England near bottom in international happiness table

Eight-year-olds in England are less happy than those in Estonia, Poland and Turkey, a survey suggests, with body image and school identified as areas they are particularly troubled by.

England ranked 13th out of 16 countries when it came to children’s life satisfaction, according to the international survey. Only South Korea, Nepal and Ethiopia fared worse overall.

Romania, notorious for the terrible state of its orphanages 25 years ago, now ranks top of the league in eight-year-olds’ self-reported life satisfaction, according to the research by Children’s Worlds. Colombia, a country riven by decades of civil war, came third, while Poland was second.

Jonathan Bradshaw, professor of social policy at the University of York, who co-edited the report, said the findings were shocking. He said: “You will see that we come bottom of the league table on quite a lot of things – very unhappy with the way you look and your own body; relationships with teachers are poor; dissatisfaction with school performance; dissatisfaction with the area in which you live; quite dissatisfied with family life, although not so much the people you live with and the house you live in.”

Coordinated in England by York’s Social Policy Research Unit, the study asked children to rate how they felt about key aspects of their lives. Questions touched on family and home life, friendships, money and possessions, school life, local area, time use, personal wellbeing, views on children’s rights, and overall happiness.

Full story clink on the link below:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/16/children-in-england-rank-near-bottom-in-international-happiness-table

A big thank you for all of your donations and fundraising efforts

All of us here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project would like to thank all of the wonderful people who have donated or completed fundraising activities for us over the past few months. Many of our services are unfunded, so your support really does make a difference and directly helps to save lives.

Receiving money from donations and fundraising is vital for our support services, to keep them running and to ensure that we reach as many people in need as possible. Each and every donation, big or small, goes towards helping us to provide this support.

Your donations have come in many forms. Recently the Tomorrow Project has received money collected in our donation tubs throughout the village of East Leake. We would like to thank all of the staff and customers at The Nags Head, The Offy and the Butchers in the village. The money raised from these collection tubs is now helping us to save lives.

We also receive donations through our Local Giving page.  These come in the forms of one off donations, as well as monthly direct debits. Thank you to everyone who has donated in this way. The monthly direct debit is a great way to donate to our cause. By choosing this method you can set up a recurring payment of however much you are able to spare.

If you would like to donate to Harmless & the Tomorrow Project, you can do so by visiting our LocalGiving.com page at the following link, where you can chose between a few different payment options: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/.

If you would like to discuss any fundraising ideas you have with us, you can do so by sending an email to info@harmless.org.uk.

Your support is greatly appreciated, not only by all of us here, but by those people whose lives we help change for the better. On behalf of everyone, thank you!

From Harm to Hope Conference Reflection from Val Stevens, Harmless Therapist

Harmless recently celebrated the success of our first national self harm conference, From Harm to Hope. The conference brought together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations who contributed by sharing their experiences.

We were lucky enough to hear the contributions from leading academics and professionals in the area of self harm and suicide prevention.

Keith Waters was the chair for the day, enlightening us with his expert knowledge, conducting question and answer sessions and ensuring that the day ran smoothly .

Our very own C.E.O, Caroline Harroe, provided a motivating presentation surrounding the importance of the five key themes of the conference. These being driving change, overcoming stigma and discrimination, collaborative partnership, service user representation and effective practice.

Dr Christabel Owens presented a thought provoking account of her understanding in developing interventions that help people to manage their own self harming behaviour and the role that plays in educating health professionals.

Karen Lascelles, a Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse with 23 years experience who specialises in areas of self harm and suicide who gave an interesting and detailed account of her work which aims to advance the understanding of self harm, suicidal behaviour and prevention.

Dr James Roe, a lead researcher on the e-DASH study, and Harriet Ball shared their research into the electronic delivery of problem solving CBT for depression in adolescents and young adults who self harm. This aims to determine the acceptable ways of engaging and retaining adolescents and young adults (aged 16-30) in a remotely delivered problem solving CBT. The research aims to find out whether a remotely delivered problem solving CBT is clinically effective and cost effective in comparison to usual care. They will work with clinicians, commissioners and service uses to carry quantitative analysis in identifying barriers, drivers and success in the delivery of psychological interventions.

I attended a stimulating workshop delivered by Dr Ellen Townsend and Dr Ruth Wadman entitled Risky Business? Involving young people in research on self harm and suicidality. They explained how in the Listen Up research project putting young people at the centre of the project was very important. This was done by engaging with key organisations that young people were involved with, creating a young person advisory group. This enabled them to gain insights into some of the key factors such as psychological factors, environmental factors, relationships and emotional literacy.

Keith Waters who has 25 years of clinical experience in self harm and suicide prevention working as a mental health nurse in A&E explained how his practice influences research drawing on his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm, and EMHSRN, which demonstrated how existing data collected can help inform responses such as helping make policy decisions.