In the News: Life for students ‘fraught with loneliness and anxiety’

Summer holidays revealed as one of the loneliest times of years for young people.

The summer holidays are meant to be one of the most eagerly-anticipated times in a young person’s life but, worryingly, it’s actually emerging as one of the loneliest periods for many.

New research has revealed more than half of teenagers feel isolated during their time off from school, with a quarter saying the holidays are their loneliest time of the entire year, rising to 29 per cent among girls.

While changes in technology have made staying in touch with friends easier than ever, an over-reliance on smartphones and social media apps can actually lead teenagers to feeling more isolated as they substitute quality time with friends for texting or tweeting.

The study, compiled by the National Citizen Service (NCS), showed almost two thirds of teens will talk to their friends every day on social media, yet only 14 per cent will see them face-to-face. For some, NCS said this isolation is even greater with one in twenty teenagers not expecting to see a single friend during their time off.

To read the full article, please click this link: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/health/mental-health-in-young-people-summer-holidays-one-of-the-loneliest-times-of-year-for-students-a7136351.html

Rather than feel isolated or lonely come and join us for our ‘Drop- in’ Sessions which are friendly and welcoming, in a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff.

  • Adult Drop in, Wednesday 17th August, 4:30pm – 5:30pm for adults (18+ yrs)
  • Young Person Drop in, Thursday 4th August, 11.30am – 12.30pm  (11 – 21 Yrs)

Join us for an evening of celebration… get your tickets now!

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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)

In the news: Self harm- 6,000 people attend emergency departments

More than 6,000 people turned up at emergency departments across Northern Ireland in 2015 having self-harmed. 

The majority were young people, aged between 15 and 24.

Records show that a number of people sought help on more than one occasion with over 8,500 incidents in 12 months.

The statistic is part of the chief medical officer’s annual report which reflects on the health of the population in Northern Ireland.

Dr Michael McBride said when it comes to mental health and in particular, self-harm, there is a need to intervene.

“We need to be aware that people who self-harm repeatedly are at much higher risk of taking their own lives by suicide” he said.

A self-harm registry which operates across all acute hospitals is designed to improve understanding about self-harm and to allow for comparative analysis with the Republic of Ireland and parts of England.

In its latest report, the registry concluded that Northern Ireland continues to have a high rate of self-harm.

While alcohol is a factor, drug overdose was the most common method of self-harm.

In his 9th annual report, Dr Michael McBride, gives a wide-ranging review of the service, including health inequalities, vaccination and screening programmes and dental health.

However, he also emphasises that the quality and advances in health care are not the only determinants of good health.

For the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36351142

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.

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.

Join us for an evening of celebration… get your tickets now!

Join us for an evening of celebration…

 

 Click here to book your tickets!

 

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)

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’

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

Commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG as part of the Wellness in Mind training programme.

Upcoming dates for FREE ASIST and MHFA training:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
8th & 9th November 2016
9:30am – 4:30pm

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
21st & 22nd November 2016
9:00am – 5:00pm

More dates to follow…

If you are interested in attending any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us at training@harmless.org.uk.

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.

Harmless training…

As a Specialist Trainer for Harmless and a passionate supporter of personal growth I am consistently promoting and endorsing the importance of training. Learning and development is a vital part to any organisation however, training takes both time and money resulting in excuses like, “We are too busy to learn something new right now.” Or, “We just don’t have the money to pay for training.” Another reason why organisations often neglect training employees is because of past training experiences. Perhaps training was delivered poorly, or the topics just didn’t help. As a result organisations often don’t want to take future risks.

However, not training your employees also comes at a cost. Here are six reasons untrained employees can end up costing you more than trained ones.

1)   Untrained employees mean unhappy employees

2)   Untrained workers have a low production value

3)   Untrained workers are inefficient

4)   Lost time or money due to mistakes

5)   An increase in miscellaneous expenses (due to mistakes)

6)   Lost customers/clientele

Having a trained workforce means your workers are learning new skills that can enhance working practice, cut time spent in creation of your product (or service), reduce production costs, reduce mistakes, build confidence in your workforce, and create a better working environment. An investment in your employees’ skill sets is an investment in your company. When everyone gets better, everyone gets better.

Let’s Talk Training is the training operating arm of Harmless and out ethos is to work in partnership with your organisation to deliver bespoke packages to a high standard. We want to equip everyone with the skill and confidence to respond to someone in distress.

Speak to a member of our training team for more details at training@harmless.org.uk.

Or why not book onto our next in house training…

26th July 2016, Full day course: Self Harm and Working with Self Harm.

Changes to upcoming drop-in session

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harmless have rearranged the upcoming drop in for young persons.

This drop-in was due to take place on Friday 15th July 2016, but has now been rescheduled to take place on:

Wednesday 20th July 2016: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This session is for young persons aged up to 21 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.

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