Did you know that nearly a third of people with mental health problems feel ‘unable to cope’ at Christmas?

Even more worryingly 1 in 5 have considered taking their own life because of it.

We know that sometimes the best tips and ideas for coping with distress comes from those people who have been through it themselves. You never know who might read it, or who you might help so why not share your thoughts, feelings or our blogs amongst your networks and let someone know that you’re here for them if they need it.

Together we can help. Together we can save lives.

Keep talking and stay safe.

Harmless speak on talkRADIO about self harm

In the busy lead up to Christmas we were approached by a number of radio stations. This was in response to the published Self harm stats from the NSPCC which highlighted that 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after harming themselves last year – a 14% rise over three years (for more on those stats please click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38252335).

I spoke with talkRADIO about self harm and appropriate ways to support and respond to individuals who self harm. To listen to the interview please click the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lw0wr8ly4aywxj1/Radio%20.mp4?dl=0

FREE Mental Health training with Harmless – New year, new dates!

1 in 4 will experience some kind of mental health condition in the course of a year

    9 out of 10 people with mental health conditions experience stigma and discrimination

New year, new dates for free training! Do you work in Nottingham City? Have you joined us on any of our free training yet?

We have been commissioned by Nottingham City Council and CCG in line with the Adult Mental Health Strategy, to deliver a number of half day and 2 day training programmes.

The next upcoming dates we have available include;

  • MHFA 2 day programme – 18th and 19th January 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Frontline Workers – 25th January 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Managers Training – 2nd February 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • MHFALite – 16th February 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • ASIST – 28th and 29th March 9:00am – 5:00pm

Certificates of attendance are also provided upon completion of a follow up survey.

To book spaces pop us an email to training@harmless.org.uk or call us on 0115 934 8446

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We hope to gather ten new regular donors to become our life saving supporters. Can you help?

 

If ten people give £5 a month we can reach 24 more people in crisis.

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have their loved ones.

Could you spare £5 a month?

Help us reach our target of ten new supporters. You can sign up here:

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‘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’

#imlistening

Suicide is the 2nd leading global killer of 15-29 year olds and in the uk is the leading cause of death for men under 45. Together we can change that.

Together we can save lives but we have to keep talking and we have to be willing to help.

Two years ago we ran a campaign to try and get people talking abut suicide. It ran for a short while and then stopped.

The best help for anyone feeling suicidal or in distress in any way is to talk and be heard.

We’re relaunching the campaign. Please share and let people know #Imlistening

Please repost to show your support and let people know that we can help.

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Harmless do the Mannequin Challenge

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

 

Happy Christmas from the Tomorrow Project team

As we prepare to close for Christmas, here at The Tomorrow Project the crisis team have been working hard to ensure our clients are supported over the Christmas period.

All though this is meant to be a happy time of year, it is not for some.

We have been working tirelessly to contact other services who are open through the Christmas period to find out what they can offer, making safety plans and offering emotional support.

We have been in contact with all our clients multiple times a week to ensure they have everything they need to get through these next few weeks.

Why?

Because we care.

We would like to wish all our clients and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Christmas Closure

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are taking some well deserved time off over Christmas as we prepare for what will be a busy 2017!

Services will close on Friday 16th December and will return to normal on Tuesday 3rd January 2016.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over this past year – your kindest and generosity has literally helped us save lives. We are confident that next year will bring many more achievements as we continue to have significant and positive influence in the field of self harm and suicide and mental health.

2017 will see us hold our second national self harm conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ on March 1st (Self Harm Awareness Day) and introduce some new services.

On behalf of the team, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

If you need immediate support over the next couple of weeks, please call Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

Sophie Allen speaks to the BBC in light of the recent NPSCC article about the worrying rise in self harm admissions to hospital

You may have seen or heard on the news last Friday, an article from NSPCC about how the rate of hospital admissions for self harm is frighteningly high, with an estimated 19,000 children being admitted to hospital for self harm, which saw an increase of 14% over a 3 year period.

The NSPCC’s figures, collected from all but six NHS Trusts in England and health boards in Wales, reveal that 18,788 under-18s were admitted to hospital or treated at accident and emergency units for self-harm in 2015-16.

This compares with 16,416 admissions for self-harm in 2013-14

As a result of this article coming out, Harmless were contacted by various media sources, wanting to gather more information, or speak to individuals with lived experience or self harm, in order to provide some valuable insight into the causes of self harm, why people adopt this behaviour and also, most importantly, what can be done to support individuals in distress.

My first interview was with BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast Show, very early on Friday morning, speaking to Nicky Campbell and then I appeared on the drive time show later on in the day too, with Verity Cowley. Within this, I talked about my lived experience of self harm, but also my journey of recovery. It is important to provide hope to others. I shared many things, such as what led me to self harm, how it made me feel, but also, more generally the challenges that we, as a service, come across day in day out. I discussed the importance of having these conversations in order to breakdown the taboo around self harm. I also stated the importance of trying to understand self harm and what needs to happen to drive change.

If you want to listen to my piece on the Breakfast show or the drive time show, they can be heard on the links provided, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b084crrn and http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04gj501

Reel Life vs Real Life

Hi there, I’m Claire. I joined the Harmless training team in November to support Harmless with their vital work raising awareness of self harm, suicide and mental health. Despite being here such a short time, I’ve already had some very interesting and thought-provoking conversations. One of these inspired this blog post.

I’ve read lots of articles and blogs about how we portray ourselves online, some making me think hard about “reel life” vs “real life”. I read somewhere that our Facebook posts are like our life’s highlight reel. We rarely show off the boring and hard side to life, instead focusing on our best bits. In our ever-growing comparison and celebrity-inspired society, this can make things pretty difficult, especially for children and young people.

I know that for me, I don’t post pictures where I’m makeup free, exhausted, upset, anxious, stressed or depressed. This is a personal choice as it would make me feel incredibly vulnerable. I don’t want to feel more vulnerable than I already do.

Anyone growing up with social media around them is surrounded by images of people at their “best”; a filtered, altered version of reality. Issues around young people’s self-esteem plummeting to an all-time low, and anxiety at an all-time high are very apparent and problematic. Back in my school days, you compared yourself to those around you at school, then went home and got on with life before repeating the same the following day. I’m not sure what I would have done if I’d had social media, smart phones, apps and an image-filled world of eyebrows on fleek, contouring, vloggers and the high life thrown at me 24/7.

The way we compare ourselves to others has changed. The online world is focused more and more on images, pictures, selfies, snapchats. Growing up comparing your “ordinary” life to someone else’s highlight reel can enable an inwards-spiral downwards into incredibly low self-esteem and issues around identity. This can and has resulted in some young people turning to self harm and even suicide.

The late, great Maya Angelou said “if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”. Maybe we need to apply this to online life. We should take everything we see online with a pinch of salt. Reel life can look fabulous, care-free, exciting and filtered. Real life on the other hand is challenging, draining and sometimes very dull. There is no “edit” option. There’s nothing wrong with this, but for all of the children out there growing up in our online world, we need to remind them that life has ups and downs. We need to build resilience, critical judgement and emotional wellbeing.

Now let me go and take a selfie whilst I’m feeling cheery…