Sharing personal experience

The NICE guideline contains 152 recommendations about how care can be improved for people who self harm. One of these recommendations is staff training. 

Both clinical and non-clinical staff who have contact with people who self-harm in any setting should be provided with appropriate training to equip them to understand and care for people who have self-harmed.

People who self-harm should be involved in the planning and delivery of training for staff.

At Harmless we work in partnership with organsiations and services to deliver bespoke training packages. We want everyone to develop the skills to respond appropriately and effectively to someone in distress.  An important aspect of our training is that the development of the content involves the input of people who have self harmed. This ensures our training delivers the most poignant and significant messages.

To show you how important sharing personal experience can be, I wish to share with you a small part of me:

“I have a loving family and a very fortune upbringing however, when I was 14 yrs. old I started to self harm. You might wonder why someone like me would feel the need to turn to something like self harm and for 14yr. old me it made little sense.

Now I am older having hindsight is a wonderful thing. During my adolescence I had to live with myself as I slowly changed from being this confident and independent young girl, into this fearful and dysfunctional young woman. I hated myself so much, I wanted to be anyone but me. Self harm was my only option in order to punish myself for who I had become. I genuinely believe that without it I would not be here writing this today.

My adolescence was a difficult time and as I grew older it also became a difficult time for my family. If you are experiencing similar feelings or thoughts then please don’t feel alone. You are not a self harmer, you are first and foremost your name and so much more as well. Self harm does not have to be all of you. I am a psychologist, a trainer, a basketball fan, an artist, a baker, a gamer and so much more. I write this because I want to spread hope to others. Recovery is possible, recovery is real!”

Sarah Kessling, Specialist Trainer for Harmless

Harmless & Tomorrow Project team are attending the Suicide Bereavement Conference in Manchester today

Today the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are attending the National Suicide Bereavement Conference in Manchester entitled ‘Suicide Bereavement: Working Together To Make A Difference’.

At the conference there will be a selection of presentations from some of the leaders in the field of Suicide Bereavement including coroners, chief executives of NHS trusts and researchers who will all be discussing their experience and work in the field.

Attending conferences and events such as this are vital to the work we do as they provide us with the opportunities to keep up to date with the most recent research and publications, while also providing us with opportunities to network and build relationships with other professionals and services so that we are best equipped to deliver the best support and care possible.

By attending this conference our team will be able to better help those affected by suicide, whether this be personally or through family and friends meaning that we can continue to save lives.

The team attend the annual suicide bereavement conference in Manchester

Today members of The Tomorrow Project Team are in Manchester at the annual suicide bereavement conference. 
The team have listened to presentations from

a diverse group of people from Carla Fine, Professor Michael Myers to coroner Derek Winter who are all aiming towards bridging the gap in services in the U.K. and internationally, all recognising that suicide and suicide bereavement is a global issue that needs addressing. 
Katie, our Suicide Crisis Worker reflects:

‘We’ve also heard the issue of stigma being mentioned by nearly every individual speaking at the conference and there is a consensus that stigma needs to be addressed – it’s refreshing to hear people acknowledge these needs so consistently. 
In addition, one of the speakers addressed the tone and content of academic evidence based research which I have to say resonated with me on an individual level- that there is a sort of disconnect between academics and front line experience. How we recognise this and then adapting appropriately is essential to making service users feel safe and comfortable as well as confident in our ability to provide them with support the support that they need!’
Suicide bereavement and suicide crisis is work that we take very seriously- we are here to save and improve lives.  


This week is National Health Visiting Week

This week is National Health Visiting Week which is running between 26th and 30th September 2016. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the amazing health visiting profession.

Health Visiting is one of the professions that works with families and children at the very early stage of their lives and is a profession that is currently threatened by Government cuts. Health Visiting aims at promoting the health and wellbeing of children and their families and is an early intervention service that we cannot afford to do without. With attachment and family function a great correlate to later child development and emotional development, it is a profession that we need to support.

There are a number of national and local events to celebrate Health Visiting and if you would like to find out more follow the link below:

Do you enjoy watching sporting events? Why not place a bid on some of our superb items in our auction?

Harmless will be holding an auction as part of our annual celebration event on Friday 7th October 2016

 Why not bid on the following items:

  • Two tickets to see the Nottingham Panthers
  • Two tickets to a match in the 2017 season at Trent Bridge

To place your bid send an email to with the auction item, your bid, name and contact details.

The highest bidder will be announced at our celebration event on Friday 7th October 2016.

For your bid to be registered you must submit it by 12pm on Thursday 6th October 2016, or if you are attending the event, you can place your bids on the night.

Last few tickets remaining to our celebration event on 7th October 2016 – Get yours now!

Join us for an evening of celebration…


Click here to book your tickets, or email

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

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.

If you would like more information on the event, or would like to book tickets, you can do by clicking here to visit our website, or by contacting us on:


Phone: 0115 934 8445

Upcoming FREE training courses in Nottingham City

As part of the Wellness in Mind Programme commissioned by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City CCG, Harmless are delivering free workshops and training days for those who work within Nottingham City.

We will be offering for the following dates for the different workshops;

Frontline Workers

Monday 3rd October

1:00pm – 4:30pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Managers Training

Friday 11th November

9:30am – 1:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create an environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness


Monday 12th December

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Mental Health First Aid Lite is an introductory mental health awareness course. Delegates will receive an MHFALite manual that they can take away with them at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

7th – 8th December 2016

9:30am – 4:30pm both days

Please click here for more details

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

8th – 9th February 2017

9am – 5pm both days

Please click here for more details

A certificate of attendance will be provided for all courses and workshops upon successful completion of course and evaluation.

Places are extremely limited for these popular courses, so booking early is advised

If you would like to book onto any of these training courses, or would like more information, please contact us on: 


Phone: 0115 934 8445

Why it pays to keep developing yourself

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.”- Eartha Kitt

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) supports both academic and practical qualifications or skill sets to ensure they do not become obsolete. CPD also guarantees learning to become proactive rather than reactive.

Within the training department at Harmless, our ethos is to work in partnership with services and organisations to equip everyone with the skill and confidence to be able respond and support someone in distress effectively. We know that those in distress mainly disclose or open to up to those with no specific training. This means we ALL need to be understand and be prepared. Not only so we can support one another but also so we can feel more comfortable in our skills and strengths.

Many people tell me that they, “Don’t know how I do it, that they could never do the things I do.” Whilst this is, of course, very flattering I would like to point out it is not entirely true. I do not posses some magical ability to be able to help someone. In fact, we all help.

I’d like you to think back to a day when you picked up on someone acting a little different; a family member, friend or a work colleague. Maybe they were quieter than normal, or maybe they were, out of the blue, angry with you.  Perhaps you stopped to ask how they were, you made them a cup of coffee or you held off adding to their workload. It might not feel like it but these small interactions can make a big difference to someone’s day. You might have been the first person to acknowledge how they felt that day, the first person to let them know it’s ok to take a break or the first person to support them when they felt overwhelmed.

You will most likely have done these things without even really thinking about them. You learnt to do them because you understand what it’s like to have a bad day. CPD therefore, enables us to develop our understanding further and to build on those strengths we already have. It gives us perspective, context and confidence.

So remember that in order to be effective, CPD is not a ‘one off’ activity, it is part of an on going process.

If you would like to discuss your training needs with a member of our training team, you can contact us on 0115 934 8445 or send an email to

Harmless & Let’s Talk Training Launching New Suicide Workshops

Harmless and Let’s Talk Training are excited to launch our newly CPD accredited Bespoke Suicide Awareness & Prevention courses.

In line with World Suicide Prevention Day and to celebrate the launch of our new accredited courses, Harmless are offering a 10% discount on all our CPD training.

Let’s Talk Training offer bespoke Self Harm, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, and Mental Health training courses. All of these courses are offered at different levels ranging from introductory level, through to more advanced and specialist levels of training.

This fantastic 10% discount offer is applicable to all of our training with delivery taking place between December 2016 and February 2017. To qualify for this offer, the booking will need to be confirmed before 30th September 2016.  

Please quote the discount code ‘SPD2016’ at the time of booking to receive this offer.

If you would like any more information or would like to book any of our training packages please contact us on: 

Phone: 0115 934 8445
Or CLICK HERE for more information


Self Harm training in Leicester

Self harm training  – Intermediate

LCB Depot, 31 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1RE.

£80 per delegate

Monday 24th October 2016

What do our training days provide?

Our general training days provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm.

Our training days cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

To book a place either go onto our shop and secure your place there

or call us on 0115 934 8445 and ask for Sophie Allen (Training Co-ordinator)

or you can send an email to