Free training for Mental Health Awareness Week

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, Harmless are running a number of free upcoming workshops that have been commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG in line with the Wellness in Mind Adult Mental Health Strategy. Places are extremely limited, so booking quickly is advised.

 

Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFA Lite)

Wednesday 11th May 2016

9:30pm -12:30pm

 

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

 

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens

Friday 13th May 2016

1:30pm – 3:30pm

 

These workshops will focus on how to promote resilience and wellbeing in the community through building of awareness and resilience amongst citizens and carers.

A drop in session will be held after the Community Workshop 3:30pm – 4:30pm staffed by the trainer and a member of our clinical team.

  

For more information, or to book a place onto one of these free workshops, please contact us using the details below:

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Phone: 0115 934 8445

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

In the News: Prisons fail to act on inmates’ suicide risks, says watchdog

Clues that prisoners may take their own lives are too often missed, a watchdog has warned.

Known factors indicating a heightened risk – such as a history of suicidal behaviour or the circumstances of the inmate’s offence – are sometimes overlooked, the prisons and probation ombudsman (PPO) said.

It follows a previous review of self-inflicted deaths of prisoners which found that a significant number occurred in the first month in prison.

The warning comes after the recent deaths in custody of Michelle Barnes and Sarah Reed. Barnes, 33, killed herself in a prison in Durham six days after giving birth to a baby girl and shortly after being taken off suicide watch.

Reed, 32, was found dead in her cell while being held on remand in Holloway prison in January. She had told her family she fought back against a sexual assault while being held in a secure mental health unit, only to find herself facing a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said: “The early days and weeks of custody are often a difficult time for prisoners and a period of particular vulnerability for those at risk of suicide.

“The Prison Service has introduced reception, first night and induction processes to help identify and reduce this risk.

“Some prisoners have obvious factors, such as mental ill-health or a lack of experience of prison, that indicate that they are at heightened risk of suicide, but my investigations too often find that staff have failed to recognise or act on them – with potentially fatal consequences.”

For the full story follow the link: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/16/prisons-inmates-suicide-risks-watchdog.

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

We are currently recruiting for a Suicide Crisis Project Worker within the organisation to join our specialist self harm and suicide prevention team.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

Application closing date(s) Friday 6th May 2016 at 5pm.

Interviews to be held w/c 16th May 2016.

Applicants must be available for induction on 23rd May 2016.

More information on this position can be found below:

JOB TITLE: Suicide Crisis Project Worker

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Pay:  £19k to £24k pro rata (Depending on experience)

 

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

  • To provide an assertive outreach approach across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, to promote a preventative and early intervention approach to people experiencing suicide crisis that are not eligible for existing provision.
  • To work collaboratively with communities of need to promote health and recovery amongst individuals by using and demonstrating a range of non-clinical interventions that promote coping and resilience and that overcome crisis.
  • To support the recovery of service users by engaging in activities and practical support that will improve the quality of life, for instance support employment, social engagement, advocacy and housing.
  • To ensure that clients are engaged in the appropriate services to meet their longer term support needs.
  • To co-ordinate, where necessary a safeguarding response in line with local practices and services to ensure that an individual is safe and has a coordinated package of care to ensure they survive their crisis in the most helpful manner for them.
  • To support the Clinical and Support services manager to uphold the short term, medium term and long term organisational and the clinical and support team’s objectives.

OTHER DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To undertake collaborative multidisciplinary work to uphold safety and support for the communities of need e.g. working with school staff, mental health staff or peers to ensure they are contained by well-informed communities.
  • To uphold and assist referral pathways for service users and reduce stigma associated with seeking help for suicide crisis and/or working with other services to promote the most effective care package for the individual.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility to meet the demands of the business are essential. Candidates must be able to drive and have access to a car throughout employment.

IMPORTANT: FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE.

Working through self harm: A workbook – Now available in hard copy

Harmless are pleased to announce that our workbook, working through self harm, is now available to purchase as a hard copy.

Our workbook was developed in collaboration with service users, therapists and the Institute of Mental Health to provide a tool that can be used to promote recovery and self-reflection amongst people that self harm. The workbook provides a series of activities to work through to help the individual to start to reflect upon their way/s of coping, and to begin to manage these differently.

This workbook is not a substitute for counselling or therapy, but it is designed to help naturally promote some of the insight that can be helpful to help people move forwards in their life. The belief behind the book is that by promoting awareness, insight and resilience amongst people that self harm, they can start to cope differently, or feel better.

If you would like more information about our workbook, or would like to purchase a copy, please click the following link to view it on our online shop:

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=144

Harmless will be delivering weekly Creative Therapy Sessions

Harmless are about to begin a 12 week Creative Therapy Group. Included within this is the opportunity to be involved in focus groups (helping steer future service provision). We are asking for your advise and knowledge about how things need to change.

The group will be beginning Wednesday 27th April 16.30-17.30. If you are interested please get in touch ASAP.

The creative therapy group will be for individuals aged between 14 and 18 years, with sessions focusing on expression of emotions, connections and self-esteem.

The aim of the creative therapy is to assist you to find a way of expression that helps you to connect with your emotions.  This will include techniques that can be used for self-expression and personal growth.

If you are interested in joining the group or know someone who might be, please feel free to contact us.

To find out more get in touch with Val by calling 0115 9348445 or by emailing val@harmless.org.uk.

In the News: Seeing how the NHS handles attempted child suicide scares me

Sometimes when I look into a child’s eyes I see anxiety as they decide to tell me they want to kill themselves. They might be worried at my possible reaction; will I show disapproval, be upset? Instead, I feel a deep sadness; how can somebody so young have reached the point in their lives when they think this is the only option left?

I am an outreach child and adolescent mental health nurse in the north of England. I act as the first response following a suicide attempt in a young person. I carry out a risk assessment, arrange follow up support, then decide if a young person is safe to go home, or needs a place of safety.

Ninety-eight children under 15 killed themselves in the UK from 2005 to 2014, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. These figures don’t include the number of children who have attempted suicide or who have suicidal thoughts. According to a 2013 report from the mental health charity MindFull, based on a YouGov survey of more than 2,000 young adults, one in five children has symptoms of depression and nearly a third (32%) have thought about suicide before the age of 16.

Follow the link to read the full story;

http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2016/apr/04/seeing-how-nhs-handles-attempted-child-suicide-mental-health

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. We now have five people who have set up their regular monthly donation to support us in saving lives, meaning we are now half way towards our target for the month. We would like to thank all of you for your support. We only need 5 more new supporters to reach our target. Can you help?

 

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

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have their 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’

FREE Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) & Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training*

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG, under to Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training;

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

16th and 17th May 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

6th and 7th June 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

MHFA (Mental Health First Aid)

21st and 22nd July 2016, 9:30am – 5:00pm

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

8th and 9th September 2016, 9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow

Places strictly limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

 

*To be eligible to receive this free training you must work in Nottingham City. Attendance to both days of the course is mandatory. Terms and conditions apply. 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Co-delivered by two qualified and certified ASIST trainers, this course is designed to increase your skills, abilities and confidence in your job role to support those at risk of suicide and be better prepared to deal with those at risk.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

To find out more or to see if you’re eligible for this free training, get in touch with Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator) by calling 0115 934 8445 or by emailing training@harmless.org.uk

Increasing pressure on children and young people leading to a rise in mental health issues, self harm and suicidal thoughts

In a recent poll carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lectures there has been an increase in young people feeling under more pressure, 55% reported a large rise in pupils with anxiety and stress. There is more academic pressure which results in children as young as six being stressed out about exams and tests. There is excessive testing which has placed that much stress on some young people resulting in a 79% increase in self harm and suicidal thoughts.

Despite government investing £1.4 billion on children’s mental health service in England, some mental health trusts have seen no significant investment in psychiatric services. There are concerns that although the government is determined to improve children’s mental health, there is still a danger that some children will take untreated mental health issues into adulthood.

There is a belief that schools should play a vital role in supporting children’s mental health and build their resilience, but with rising demands, growing complexity and tight budgets getting in the way, some children who need it most may go without support.

If you have any concerns about someone such as a family member, friend or a colleague, then please contact us on 0115 9348445 or email info@harmless.org.uk

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. We now have four people who have set up their regular monthly donation to support us in saving lives. We would like to thank all of you for your support. We only need 6 more new supporters to reach our target. Can you help?

 

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

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have their 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’