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The Venue:        Park Plaza Hotel, 41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GD

The Date:           Friday 7th October 2015

The Time(s):      7:00pm arrival

The Cost:           £37.00 per head (Or a table of 10 for £34 per head)

The Event:         Three course meal with raffle, auction, games and live entertainment

Dress Code:     Smart

The purpose:    To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

 Harmless is an award winning self harm and suicide prevention project that has been successfully delivering services since 2007. Over the past year Harmless has gone from strength to strength. We’ve increased our partnerships and been involved in more research based projects, attended and presented at conferences all over the UK in addition to holding a National conference of our own. We have also rebranded and extended our training programme to raise awareness of self harm, mental health & suicide amongst the community and professionals. We have received awards for our work and recruited more staff in order to help more people.

Our wonderful Tomorrow Project continues to deliver suicide prevention and postvention work in the community. We work with those directly and indirectly affected by suicide, provide facilitative support to individuals and organisations with questions and concerns about suicide, deliver workshop style information sessions to improve understanding and awareness of suicide and self harm, and promote help seeking in the community as a whole.

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

 

Menu

Starters:

Roast Vegetable Soup with Garlic Croutons. (v)

Parma Ham and Mozzarella Fig Wrap with a Raspberry Vinigarette.

Goats Cheese, Walnut & Apricot Fritter with Tomato and Rocket Salad and a Sherry Balsamic Dressing. (v)

Mains:

Roast Chicken Breast with Fondant Potato, Wild Mushroom Spinach Sauce.

Poached Scottish Salmon, Grilled Asparagus, New Potatoes, Lemon Hollandaise.

Broccoli Wellington, Seasonal Vegetables and Fondant Potato. (v)

Desserts:

Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Cream.

Raspberry and Vanilla Crème Brulee with Lemon Sorbet.(v)

Exotic Fruit Platter served with Raspberry Sorbet. (v)

FREE Mental Health Community Workshop in Nottingham

Wednesday 6th July 2016

5:30pm – 7:30pm

 

This workshop is part of the Wellness in Mind Training Programme commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG. 

To book onto this training, please email training@harmless.org.uk 

  • What does the term mental health mean to you?
  • Do you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to support individuals with mental health problems?
  • Do you know where to signpost individuals to in order to receive appropriate, professional help?

You can learn these vital skills and gain the confidence to provide effective support by attending the free mental health workshop detailed below

 

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens

Wednesday 6th July 2016

5:30pm – 7:30pm 

This workshop 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

 

Training will be delivered at:

Harmless

NCVS

7 Mansfield Road

Nottingham

NG1 3FB

To find out more information, please contact training@harmless.org.uk 

Places are extremely limited so book promptly to avoid disappointment

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

Trying my hand at something different…

As well as delivering training nationally I also get to try my hand at many other projects within Harmless and a couple of weeks ago I got to do just that.

Caroline Harroe, our CEO, and I worked with Nottingham University to help create some short clips which are going to be used to disseminate research findings on Young people and Self harm. To help us create these innovative pieces we had fantastic support from a local organisation the NBV Media Studios, recommend to anyone looking for support in creating small media pieces for their company.

I exchanged my projector and laptop for green screens, cameras and editing software and I must say the day was fun and inspirational! To have the ability to capture these young people’s feelings and experiences on camera was truly humbling.

We see so much in the news about Young People and what should be done for them, however, how often do we ask young people directly what they want, or how they see things? In a single day it became crystal clear that we spend much of time worrying, fearing the worst, predicting the outcomes and yet, if we stopped and listened we would be all the more wiser for it. Over protection does not lead to prevention, empowerment and collaboration do!

To see or hear from first hand experiences then why not sign up or book on to our training? Email: training@harmless.org.uk

For more information on this research, “Understanding and Responding to Self harm in Young People: Findings from the Listen-UP! Project,” why not attend the workshops:

Nottingham City centre 23rd/24th June 10am-2pm
Leicester City centre 27th/29th June 10am-2pm

http://www.listen-up.ac.uk/listen-up/dissemination.aspx

For more information on NBV Media Studio: https://nbv.co.uk/property/media-studio/

Harmless’ Range of Resources Around Self Harm are Available to Purchase on Our Online Store

Harmless offer a range of helpful and supportive resources for people who self harm, their families, friends, carers and professionals. These resources can be used to raise awareness, provide insight, promote recovery and help people move forward with their lives. All of the money we raise through the sales of our resources goes directly towards helping us continue delivering our vital services.

Out of Harm’s Way: Harmless DVD

Out of Harm’s Way is a DVD is a resource that can be used by people that self harm, to promote recovery and self belief. It can also be used by professionals or carers to enhance understanding, empathy and strategies that are helpful when supporting people that self harm.

Through the eyes of those with first hand experience, we will examine the nature of self harm, distress, and recovery.

“This DVD has helped me so much. I have struggled to understand my son’s self harm but even this short trailer has given me more empathy and willingness to understand. For the first time – something hopeful about self harm!”

In the DVD, we speak to Jenny, Mark, Fiona and Satveer who have personal experience of self harm and whose courage in speaking out has enabled them to discuss their experiences on film.

In Our Own Word’s Book

In Our Own Words’ aims to promote insight and understanding of self harm. The book contains words and images that have been generated by people whose lives have been touched by self harm; through personal experiences, or by knowing and working with those who have struggled.

In spring 2009 Harmless recruited a team who formed the editorial group for this project. These people had their own stories relating to self harm and were brought together to shape the journey of this book. This was an exercise to create a book that would be useful and inspiring, challenging stigmas and stereotypes. It also provided an opportunity for those who have had their own personal battles to be involved in a project that could change perceptions and reach out to others.

Harmless Workbook

Harmless have developed this workbook 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 ways of coping, and to begin to manage these differently.

The 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.

Self Harm Policy Guidance

The purpose of a policy on self harm should be to uphold best practice in relation to self harm, and define clearly the interventions and steps that should be taken to support a young person that is self harm. The policy should inform the staff of what is expected of them, and be a document that helps staff to contain and respond to a situation fairly and responsibly with the best interests of the young person, in mind.

If you would like more information, or to buy any of our products, you can do so by visiting our online shop:http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/

Alternatively you can contact a member of the team by calling us on 0115 934 8445 or emailing info@harmless.org.uk.

 

In the News: The Teenagers who poison themselves…

Self poisoning is on the rise amongst young people.

“It’s like my brain has two bits: the happy bit and the bad bit,” says 18-year-old Jasmine. “The bad bit keeps pushing until it takes over. You feel like you’re losing control of yourself a little bit more and a little bit more. And then it happens.” Jasmine is one of thousands of young people who self-poison using substances such as alcohol, painkillers and illegal drugs to self harm.

Research from Nottingham University has found there has been a 27% increase in known UK cases of young people self harming between 1992 and 2012, with 17,862 incidents reported during that 20 year period.

To read the full article please click on the link below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36322642

Here at Harmless we will work in partnership with any organisation, service or individual who feels the need support in understanding how best to help a young person who self harms. If you work with young people and want to know more about how to support someone who self harms then please get in touch at training@harmless.org.uk

Get you tickets to our annual celebration event, Friday 7th October 2016!

We invite you to join us in an evening of celebration

Friday 7th October 2016

Harmless' Annual Celebration Event -  Friday 7th October 2016

To book your place, please follow this link:

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2016

 The Venue:

Park Plaza Hotel, 41 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GD

The Date:

Friday 7th October 2015

The Time(s):

7:00pm

The Cost:

£37.00 per head

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live entertainment

Dress Code:

Smart

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

Menu

Starters:

Roast Vegetable Soup with Garlic Croutons. (v)

Parma Ham and Mozzarella Fig Wrap with a Raspberry Vinigarette.

Goats Cheese, Walnut & Apricot Fritter with Tomato and Rocket Salad and a Sherry Balsamic Dressing. (v)

Mains:

Roast Chicken Breast with Fondant Potato, Wild Mushroom Spinach Sauce.

Poached Scottish Salmon, Grilled Asparagus, New Potatoes, Lemon Hollandaise.

Brocolli Wellington, Seasonal Vegetables and Fondant Potato. (v)

Deserts: 

Double Chocolate Cheesecake with Cream.

Raspberry and Vanilla Creme Brulee with Lemon Sorbet. (v)

Exotic Fruit Platter served with Raspberry Sorbet. (v)

Harmless is an award winning self harm and suicide prevention project that has been successfully delivering services since 2007. Over the past year Harmless has gone from strength to strength. We’ve increased our partnerships and been involved in more research based projects, attended and presented at conferences all over the UK in addition to holding a National conference of our own. We have also rebranded and extended our training programme to raise awareness of self harm, mental health & suicide amongst the community and professionals. We have received awards for our work and recruited more staff in order to help more people.

Our wonderful Tomorrow Project continues to deliver suicide prevention and postvention work in the community. We work with those directly and indirectly affected by suicide, provide facilitative support to individuals and organisations with questions and concerns about suicide, deliver workshop style information sessions to improve understanding and awareness of suicide and self harm, and promote help seeking in the community as a whole.

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

To book tickets please click this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2016

 For more information about our event, please email info@harmless.org.uk.

Share you views on mental health services in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire

Healthwatch Nottingham and Healthwatch Nottinghamshire want to know what you think about mental health crisis services across Nottinghamshire and Nottingham city.

Harmless would encourage anyone who has views on mental health crisis services, or those who have experienced a mental health crisis to complete the following survey.

We see a lot of people in crisis. We hear a lot of views of people in crisis who don’t feel their needs have been met, or are dissatisfied with services. Now is the time to have your say.

You don’t need to have had a mental health crisis yourself. You can still give your views about these services and how you want them to support you if you needed them.  If you have had experience of these services please share your views, whether good or bad.

 
You can find the survey at this link:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=146158927035&s=countywebsite

Please sign this petition to help those experiencing domestic violence

Harmless supports many individuals with issues of distress. Whilst we are not an organisation that specialises in domestic violence, we see many people through our service that have experienced violence.

There is currently a petition that we’d like people to consider signing that could protect those fleeing violence and offer them some anonymity and protection, simply by not publishing their details on the electoral register. Such a simple change could have massive implications for the people that we see.

Have a read of the petition:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131305

In the News: Children ‘denied mental health support’

A total of 28% of children referred for mental health support in England in 2015 were sent away without help, some after a suicide attempt, a report says.

The Children’s Commissioner’s review of mental health services also found that 13% with life-threatening conditions were not allowed specialist support.

This group included children who had attempted serious self-harm and those with psychosis and anorexia nervosa.

A government spokesman said no-one should be sent away in need.

The commissioner obtained data from 48 of England’s 60 child and adolescent mental health service trusts.

One trust in north-west England said it focused resources on the most severe cases.

‘Russian roulette’

There have been concerns in recent years about the patchy nature of services offered by child and adolescent mental health trusts (CAMHs), with many seemingly unable to cope with local demand.

And school teachers and heads in some areas have highlighted the growing mental health need amongst pupils which are having to be met within schools.

‘Frightened the living daylights out of me’

Ellie Fogden, now 19, sought help when she was 16:

I did not become ill immediately at 16. For a number of years, I felt quite down, so to speak.

It was constant worrying, pressure from school, and my own body image.

I got to a point where I had had enough. I am waking up every day and I am not wanting to be here.

I self-referred to a local counselling service and I was on a waiting list for about three months and then started sessions. The counsellor was very worried and she referred me to CAMHs.

I had to go to the doctor to get a referral and it took about three to four weeks to get a session. I was in there for about three hours and I was just bombarded with so many questions. Some of them I didn’t have the answer for because I didn’t understand what was going on in my head.

I wasn’t taken seriously enough. Some of the questions were dismissed as – it is not that bad, people have it worse. For me, it felt awful. There was no compassion which made it so much worse.

I didn’t go back for another CAMHs appointment. It frightened the living daylights out of me. I finished counselling at this independent service. I wasn’t great but wasn’t as bad.

As I have grown older, it has just gone into a downward spiral where I am currently worse than I was when I was 16, with depression.

For the full story follow the link..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36398247

 

In the News: ‘Self-harming is behind me, but it blights many students’ lives’

It was during my first year of university that I first self harmed. The normal freshers’ year reliance on alcohol and a depressive episode led me to hurt myself to stimulate any kind of feeling.

Although that period seems far behind me now, there are many other students who self-harm. Some are not as lucky as I was – I had supportive peers and friends.

Each year, self-harm results in about 150,000 attendances at hospital accident and emergency departments, and around one in 12 young people are thought to injure themselves intentionally at some point. This is why self-injury awareness day, on Tuesday 1 March, is so important.

The reasons why young people self-injure are hard to explain, though it is often portrayed as a cry for attention. There are Instagram tags that feature up to half a million posts related to self-harm, some graphically so.

What lies behind these posts may be a desire for self-expression and an attempt to escape the feelings of isolation that self-harm can bring, according to Wedge, chair of the volunteer-led self-injury charity LifeSigns (the charity only uses first names for its members).

“For people who are self-injuring, it can be a very immediate reaction to what they are experiencing,” he says.

It can be difficult to stop self-harming. Individuals often need time to find new ways to cope with stress, explains Wedge, and the transition to university can be an especially difficult time.

For the full story follow the link;

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/feb/29/self-harming-students-self-injury-awareness-day