In Control – a consultation on regulating spending in periods of poor mental health

93% of people with mental health problems say they spend more in periods of poor mental health. A consultation paper has been published (which can be found via the link below) which sets out the psychological drivers of increased spending and explores a range of possible solutions, along with a series of questions to which we invite those with expertise in financial services, retail and mental health to respond.

The paper suggests that one of many reasons people with mental health problems often end up in financial difficulty is because they struggle to control their spending when unwell. The vast majority of higher spending could be categorised by the term ‘crisis spending’. We define this as spending behaviour which:

  1. Occurs during a period of poor mental health.
  2. Is motivated by emotional or psychological needs and processes, rather than material need.
  3. Causes some form of financial detriment – including debt, debt crisis, or savings depletion.

To read more, and to download the consultation paper, please visit this website: 

Mental health and Language: Kanye West slammed for using word ‘spaz’ in new song by disability charity

Kanye West has been criticised for using the word spaz during his rap on Four Five Seconds, which sees him collaborate with Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney.

Mirror, February 2015

The lyric is: “Then I heard you was talkin’ trash, hold be back I’m ‘bout to spaz

How often have you found yourself or heard someone using terms like:

“Feeling a bit crazy today”
“They are off their rockers”
“Watch that one they are a complete and utter psycho”
“I’m a little bit OCD”
“Lost my marbles”

Language is a huge part of our lives and yet I wonder how much time do we really give to thinking about what we are saying? Many of the phrases above have become every day lingo and have no real intention to cause harm or offense to anyone.

However, are we being as neutral as we think we are? Many of these expressions dismiss the true anguish and distress that 1 in 4 of us will experience.

Now if we take a worldwide role model, in this example Kayne West. What does it say when he decides to use a word such as Spaz? What message does this suggest to his fans? Just because he is comfortable using this word does it mean the rest of the world is? And even though his explanation for the word might differ from the original definition, how can we ever been sure that everyone agrees with this new definition or is even aware of it?

The fact is stigma isn’t something that ONLY affects the ignorant and arrogant, we all stigmatise! As a result we ALL need to be more aware of the language we use, their origins and the stereotypes they hold. Most importantly we should ALL be aware the impact language can have on others.

What are your thoughts? Why not share your view on our Twitter, Facebook, or blog page?

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)
13th & 14th July 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm

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

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.

3 reasons why attending Self Harm & Working with Self Harm Training can benefit you!

Self Harm & Working with Self Harm: General Training day
Tuesday 26th July 2016


1)     CPD certified

This full day course is accredited by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) organisation. CPD is the holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.

Engaging in CPD activities ensures that both academic and practical qualifications do not become out-dated or obsolete; allowing individuals to continually ‘up skill’ or ‘re-skill’ themselves, regardless of occupation, age or educational level.

2)     Build confidence

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. —Jack Welch

Self harm & working with Self harm training will provide you with tangible tools and strategies to be able to respond to someone who self harms. As well as providing you with new skills this training will also draw upon your strengths and reaffirm the amazing things we do already to respond to those who self harm.

3)     Promote Hope and Recovery

Training on self harm is not all doom and gloom. Our training sessions evoke positivity in all delegates so that they may leave as beacons of hope. To remind the world that recovery is possible. It is this very ethos that saves lives.


Self Harm & Working with Self Harm: General Training day
Tuesday 26th July 2016


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

We are currently recruiting for a position 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 or call 01159 348445 (admin line only). Please include which job you are applying for in your email.

Suicide Crisis Project Worker

Application closing date at 5pm on 15th July 2016

Interviews to be held w/c 25th July 2016


JOB TITLE: Suicide Crisis Project Worker

Hours: 30 hours per week (Including evenings and occasionally weekends). Hours to be worked flexibly to meet the needs of the project and our clients (Essential)

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


  • 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.

Reports to: Clinical and Support Services Manager
Responsible For: Suicide crisis Project Worker, No Managerial responsibilities
Budget Responsibilities: None



  • 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.

Person Specification: Suicide Crisis Project Worker

Skills and Abilities

  • An ability to uphold personal and organisational Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Child Protection and Protection of Vulnerable Adults. (Essential)
  • Ability to engage in thorough assessment of risk. (Essential)
  • Demonstrate an ability to work within communities and/or a multidisciplinary environment where it is necessary to uphold and manage issues of safeguarding safely and appropriately (Essential)
  • High standard of interpersonal skill, and effectiveness in building relationships with vulnerable people. (Essential)
  • High standard in spoken communication including the ability to talk eloquently and clearly to clients/referrers (Essential)
  • High standard in written communication, including ability to write clear and concise records and letters to clients/referrers etc (Essential)
  • Confident in advocating for the needs of service users. (Essential)
  • An ability to manage conflicting demands and priorities and for meeting tight deadlines. (Essential)
  • Be able to work responsively to people in crisis (Essential)
  • Willingness to work integratively, working creatively with complex presentations. (Desirable)
  • Computer literate including Microsoft(Essential)


  • Understand mental health, self harm and suicide effectively (Desirable)
  • Have a strong faith in the recovery model of mental distress. (Essential)
  • Understand the importance of assertive outreach and early intervention for young people and adults. (Essential)
  • An awareness or willingness to learn of current and emerging research and evidence base for work within the field of mental health, self harm and suicide. (Desirable)
  • A strong working understanding of legislation and policy (including clinical governance, NICE guidance, ethical guidelines, child protection, equal opportunities, risk assessment and confidentiality). (Essential)
  • A commitment to upholding legislation and policy (including clinical governance, NICE guidance, ethical guidelines, child protection, equal opportunities, risk assessment and confidentiality). (Essential)
  • Knowledge of the range of services available for vulnerable people and referral pathways to these services. (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of the Children’s Act. (Essential)
  • An understanding of the particular constraints and pressure facing a Third Sector organisation (Desired)


  • Experience of working supportively or therapeutically with vulnerable people experiencing a range of difficulties, that may include the experiences of anxiety, depression and self harm. (Essential)
  • Experience of working with a range of clients including young people (11-21) and adults. (Desired)
  • Experience of and/or an understanding of the needs of complex clients and/or vulnerable people. (Desired)
  • Experience of implementing a safeguarding policy and procedures with respect to a range of complex needs and/or vulnerable young people and adults. (Desired)
  • Experience of working with a multidisciplinary approach to achieve better outcomes for service users. (Desired)

Personal Attributes and other requirements

  • Ability to work independently, with a good use of initiative and also be able to work collaboratively and openly within a team. (Essential)
  • Have a flexible approach to working with vulnerable children, young people and adults in a manner that suits their needs. (Essential)
  • Be interpersonally effective and passionate about the needs of vulnerable people. (Essential)
  • Be willing to share your own experience of stress and distress in keeping with Harmless’ user-led ethos. (Desirable)
  • Be open to feedback, support and the development of new skills within the clinical team. (Essential)
  • A flexible approach to working hours (Essential)

A commitment to the over-arching aims of the organisation. (Essential)


Please note: If you have previously applied for this position, your application will not be reconsidered and we cannot accept another application.