Send a Card, Save a Life

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes

 

 £4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards 

Calling all IAPT services!

Recently Harmless have been working with a local IAPT service to further develop their skills and understanding around Self harm support. 

We are proud to offer a bespoke training package tailored to the IAPT service, topics can include:

  • Raising awareness
  • Effective Risk assessment
  • Effective support
  • Best practice and guidance
  • Recovery

Testimonies:

“Fab training; relaxed honest and very informative. The depth, breath and variety of presentation excellent.” 

“Very interesting and thought provoking. Made me reflect on my practice as a clinician.” 

“Good to hear personal stories which are very inspirational and thought provoking- helps develop our empathy and therefore skills at delivering appropriate, collaborative and long term strategies. Great training.” 

For more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our training department.

Phone: 0115 934 8446

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Harmless drop is session tomorrow

Harmless will be hosting a young person drop in Session

Thursday 27th October.

11 – 12 am

If you are aged between 11 – 21 years, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along.

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 or email us at info@harmless.org.uk

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Wednesday 1st March 2017

Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice.

Early bird offer: £90 per delegate*

*Usual price £150 per delegate place. Offer available for all places booked and paid for before 30th November 2016 only.

 

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base including young people and adults.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

·         Collaborative partnership,

·         Service user representation,

·         Effective practice,

·         Driving change

·         Overcoming stigma and discrimination.

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Rory O’Connor
Caroline Harroe
Professor Ellen Townsend
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

More to follow…

Workshops:

Caroline Harroe (Harmless) – Clinical Skills Masterclass
Sophie Allen (Harmless)
Sarah Kessling (Harmless)
Pam Burrows

More to follow…

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Who we are:

Harmless is a user led service which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. We are committed to saving lives and giving a voice to those unheard. Harmless launched in 2007 and was set up by people who understand self harm. At the heart of our service is a real sense of hope, we know with the right support, and help life can get better. Find out more about Harmless by looking on our website www.harmless.org.uk

Self harm is everyone’s business:

1 in 10 people are affected by self harm. Self harm does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Anyone is at risk from self harming at some point in their life depending on the experiences they have and the worry they feel about these experiences. Popular culture would have you believe that it is predominantly young girls who self harm; findings suggest that in fact for the age range of mid 30′s in men represent the majority of people attending Accident and Emergency for the treatment of self harm. Given this, we will only save more lives if all parts of society work together.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Prevention is better than cure – looking out for our next generations

We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it.

Within every school in the UK there is a qualified first aider to hand, in case of physical illness or injury. There is a preventative measure in place should young people need physical first aid help during their time in the learning environment. Their wellbeing and safety is very much considered in this regards. There are effective interventions and systems in place that can be utilised quickly and easily.

Although there have been some positive changes in recent years, when it comes to mental health, this is more often than not ignored. It is the invisible illness with so much uncertainty and negativity still surrounding it.

How often do we come across mental health first aiders in schools?

Unfortunately, not very often at all.

Although we would like to have the same preventative measures applied to mental health as we have in place for physical health, this frustratingly is not the case.

From a recent article from Dr David A Lee, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, discussing the importance of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in schools, states;

‘it is fundamental that early warning signs of mental health are detected at an early rate in children and adolescents so that prompt action can be taken to ensure helpful support and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this is not our reality at present’

This really does bring to the forefront that early intervention is what is needed. We need to be proactive, not reactive.

It is stated within the same article that;

‘5% of adolescents suffer from depression at any one time and 20% will experience depressive symptoms by the time they enter childhood. To add to this, approximately 10-15% of children or adolescents have one or more diagnosable anxiety disorder.’

It is also discussed that eating disorders are on the increase, particularly in young females.

Why as a society are we not more concerned about the rise of mental health issues in our young people?

Emotional wellbeing should be at the forefront when supporting young people. Mental health training should be provided for frontline workers supporting and working with children and adolescents.

Anyone can be trained in mental health and anyone can respond to those in distress.

Why should we let individuals get to such high levels of distress, before we step in, when we all know, and likely use that famous saying ‘prevention is better that cure’

By having trained staff within each and every school, caregivers can detect warning signs of possible mental ill health and ensure that early intervention is implemented. This can be in the form of signposting, liaising with specialists in the field, seeking appropriate professional help, such as psychological treatments, or referring on to a safeguarding lead or pastoral support. While doing so, it is vital we work collaboratively with the individual and empower them to make their own decisions about their needs and wants.

Finally, Dr David Lee goes onto state;

While MHFA is still very much in its infancy as a concept, it offers a unique solution to the needs of schools and colleges in terms of cultivating pupil wellbeing and positive mental health, and to the early recognition of mental health problems’

If you have any training needs surrounding mental health, Harmless can provide bespoke CPD accredited training packages as well as the MHFA 2 day programme

Contact us on 0115 934 8446

Or email training@harmless.org.uk

Harmless & the Tomorrow Project Celebration event a success!

On Friday 7th October, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project hosted their annual evening of celebration at the Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham to mark the 9th year since our launch.  The event is the most important date of the year for me and the team as we celebrate our achievements, vital work and commitment to the field and self harm and suicide prevention over the past 12 months.

In the presence of The High Sheriff of Nottingham, Judy Naake, and The Lord Mayor, Mohammed Saghir; the Harmless team were joined by over 100 guests as we toasted successes, spoke about challenges and discussed our hopes for the future.

During the event we heard a moving speech made by, Kate, who has received important help from the Harmless Team. As someone who often works behind the scenes, I don’t often get to hear firsthand from the people we support, however, her words will only make me and the rest of the team more determined to ensure that we continue our vital work and, ultimately, save lives.

We are very pleased to announce that we raised £2,357. This means eight more people can now access short-term therapy from Harmless or The Tomorrow Project. This is particularly significant as demand for our Harmless and Tomorrow Project services has significantly increased over the past year.

On behalf of the Harmless team, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the celebration event the best yet. We are extremely grateful to everyone who came along and supported us on the night. We would also like to thank everyone who donated and purchased raffle tickets and auction items; it is only with your support that we can continue to reach those who need our help.

We would also like to thank Polly Yates who provided us with some fantastic live music; Hayley Green who treated our guests to a brilliant spoken word performance and Amy Faucheux, from FX- Events (http://www.fx-events.co.uk/) who kindly donated the wonderful table and chair decorations.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project. We could not host the night without their continued dedication and support – our team volunteer their own time to ensure that all of our guests are looked after and treated to an enjoyable night.

Everyone here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project cares passionately about the work we do and work tirelessly to ensure that we can support as many people as possible. I can say with pride and a big smile that we have a team of ‘life savers’ and I am pleased that we can take the time to celebrate that amazing fact.

Next year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary – a milestone we are all really looking forward to celebrating.  We hope you can all join us.

Darren Fox - Business and Operations Manager 

 

Focus group: Self Harm and Eating Disorders, 27th & 28th October 2017

Have you struggled with eating and/or self-harm?  Would you like to be involved in shaping the future of research on the relationship between these important issues?

We are looking for people aged 18-25 years with lived experience of either or both of these issues to join a discussion about  a future research project.  We are holding two PPI (Public Patient Involvement) focus groups as part of the Café Connect project next week at Nottingham Contemporary.  Each group will involve 8-12 participants and last for an hour (scheduled from 4-5pm).  It will be held in a quiet private space and the groups will be facilitated by Caroline Harroe, Director of Harmless (an award winning user-led support service) and Ellen Townsend, Director: Self-Harm Research Group from the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

We can offer £15 Lovetoshop vouchers as a thank-you for your time and cover travel expenses (£10).  There will be an opportunity to work closely with us to develop the research over future Café Connect events in Feb, May, June and July 2017. (This is optional – we understand that not everyone will want to do this but we hope that some people will.)

Places are limited so please email Ellen (ellen.townsend@nottingham.ac.uk) if you would like to be involved.

Send a Card, Save a Life

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes

 

 £4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards 

Young people’s mental health care is ‘inadequate’ according to specialist nurses

According to a survey of 631 workers in children and adolescent services, 43% said things were getting worse.  The poll was carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for the Guardian newspaper.

Mental health care nurses say they’re worried that the rationing of access to care and shortage of beds are so bad that young people risk harming, or even killing themselves. 

Stacey, which isn’t her real name, is a nurse who works on an acute ward for people with severe and enduring mental illness stated, “Mental health staff should get more training and that more specialist units are needed, especially outside bigger towns and cities.”

For more information click the following link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37551837/young-peoples-mental-health-care-is-inadequate-according-to-specialist-nurses  

Would you like to work for Harmless and the Let’s Talk Training Team?

We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within the organisation to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis. These include:

Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer (Sessional)

ASIST / MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

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.

JOB TITLE: Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Trainer
Hours: Sessional basis
Pay:

  • £150 – £200 per Full Day (Specialist Harmless Training)  
  • £100 – £150 per Half Day (Specialist Harmless Training) 
  • ASIST/MHFA qualified Trainers – Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

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

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver high quality and professional training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • Delivery of a range of training packages including (but not limited to) PSHE workshops, specialist workshops and two day, full day and half day specialist sessions on the themes of Mental Health, Self Harm & Suicide.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

JOB TITLE: ASIST Trainer / MHFA Trainer
Hours: Bank Staff
Pay: Negotiable (Depending on experience)    

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

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become ASIST and MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver ASIST and/or MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery  by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.