NEW: Catch Up Cafe Dates

The dates for the *NEW* catch up café are here!

We have been holding monthly Catch Up Cafes here at Harmless and they have been a real success! Following feedback and a focus group, a need for a catch up café was identified. We created a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment for our clients to come and chat amongst each other, along with our friendly staff.

Dates:

April 12th – 3.30-4.30pm

May 10th – 4-5pm

June 14th – 3.30-4.30pm

The cafes are aimed at those 18+. Our staff will be on hand to provide information on how our service can support you and those you know. They will take place once a month at our Nottingham city office.

Address:

Harmless
NCVS
7 Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FB

See you at the Catch Up Café

FREE 2hr long Bath product making workshop, JOIN US

 

We are so pleased to announce that Notts LUSH team will be coming into Harmless UK to host a FREE 2 hour long bath product making workshop….yep…thats right…its free to attend!

Date: Monday 8th May 2017

Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm

How do I secure a place you ask? Simply get yourself a free ticket via the Harmless UK store.

This year The Mental Health Foundation, during mental health awareness week, has taken a new positive turn. They have decided instead of asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, they are going to look at why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

“Thriving is about Joy – Relationships – Creativity – Passion. It is about doing what you love and thoroughly enjoying it. It is about having a balance between career and personal life and even often about blending career with personal passion.”

 

“Thriving is about having meaning in everything you do.”

THRIVING STARTS WITH SELF CARE……….

 

“Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

At Harmless we encourage self care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care! Which is exactly why we are super excited for lush to come in and work with you all, so don’t hesitate, book your free place today!

Just incase you weren’t 100% sure….heres a wonderful blog post written by a young lady who has been using LUSH products to help with her mental health recovery.

http://graciefightsit.tumblr.com/post/132561293219/how-lush-has-helped-with-mental-health

Places are limited so book yours today by clicking here.

SURVIVING TO THRIVING – MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (8th – 14th May 2017)

This year The Mental Health Foundation, during mental health awareness week, has taken a new positive turn. They have decided instead of asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, they are going to look at why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

With the theme of Surviving to Thriving, I have decided to take a closer look into exactly what they meant.

Heres what I’ve learnt:

There is a fundamental difference between surviving and thriving. Surviving simply means to just ‘live’ or ‘exist’ whereas thriving means literally to ‘flourish’. It made me wonder how many of us are thriving? And what can we do to ‘thrive’?

Some examples of personal interpretations on thriving:

“Thriving is about Joy – Relationships – Creativity – Passion. It is about doing what you love and thoroughly enjoying it. It is about having a balance between career and personal life and even often about blending career with personal passion.”

“Thriving is about having meaning in everything you do.”

So with this topic of thriving in mind, during Mental Health Awareness week the team at Harmless will be running fundraising and awareness workshops/events. The aim for the week is to raise awareness, break stigmas and bring together the community, whilst raising funds for Harmless’s life saving service.

THRIVING STARTS WITH SELF CARE……….

“Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

At Harmless we encourage self care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care!

Benefits of self care:

– Reduces stress levels.

– Increased resilience.

– Increases positive thinking.

– More effective in supporting others.

– Our mental health effects our physical health, self care supports both.

– More energy and motivation.

Because we understand the importance of self care & thriving we decided to create a week long agenda, during mental health awareness week, to support the community around us. You don’t need to be a service user to attend, every individual is welcome. Here at Harmless we understand that mental health doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

We’ve carefully constructed these events to support everyone by: raising awareness, challenging stigma, all whilst raising funds to allow Harmless to continue the life saving services.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 15th &16th May – Lincoln

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

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For more details on our next course see below

World Health Day- 7th April 2017

World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.

What’s it like living with depression…

I suffer with depression and anxiety and have done for the majority of my life. My way of describing depression is as if someone has poured a large jug of water into your head and your brain is drowning but on the outside no one would know.

Matthew Johnstone author and illustrator of, “I had a Black Dog” decided to write the book as a visual articulation of what it is to suffer depression. His wish is that his story is shared with partners, parents, siblings, friends, even doctors and therapists to help articulate what you or someone you know is going through. He also highlights the importance of recovery explaining that everyone’s path to recovery is different. 

Never, ever give up the fight; Black Dog can be beaten. As Winston Churchill said, “If you find yourself going through hell, keep going.”

What stats have to say…

Depression: let’s talk

To find out more information and what you can do to help visit…

http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/toolkit.pdf?ua=1

 

Young People’s Mental Health Workshop

I recently attended a community mental health workshop where the young people from the Broxtowe Youth Voice talked about the issues they came across at school, college and at home that they find difficult to cope with.

They explained that mental health is one of the main contributions to the stresses that young people face today. One of their suggestions to help improve young people’s mental health is to provide more information on stress management with basic management of depression and anxiety.

There was a representative there who was a speaker from Public Health who presented information about Emotional Resilience, informing us of the 7 Steps to good mental health:

  • Eat well – what goes in – think mood food and not quick fixes. There is a proven link between what we eat and how we feel.
  • Sleepyheads – The teenage brain needs a minimum of 8 hours’ slep a night. Night-time surfing or playing computer games triples the chances of developing mental illness.
  • Get real – Digital Presence and Social Media – If you spend more than three hours each school day on social media you are twice as likely to suffer poor mental health. Connectivity addict? Know when to switch off! Remember, the virtual world is just that – virtual. Don’t let the real world, full of interesting people and exciting experiences, pass you by.
  • Get Active – Moving ahead – When we exercise, the brain releases chemicals that make us feel good. Good for body, great for mind. Exercise comes in all shapes and sizes so find something you enjoy – any kind of sport, riding your bike, rollerblading, dancing, choosing to walk rather than getting the bus to school. Get a friend to join you. Motivate each other, stick to your goals and enjoy the added social benefits.
  • Think Positive – Good mind selfie – Positive thinking boosts self-esteem. Write down positive things about you. It’s proven to help! Think your way into feeling good about yourself.
  • Time to talk – Friends, Family and Social Life – Don’t hide away when you’re feeling low. Friends and family can help keep you smiling, even at times of stress. Sometimes, if you are feeling low, just talking it through can really help
  • Chillax – Relaxation – Take ‘time-out’ to be kind to yourself. Learn relaxation techniques and give yourself space just to ‘chill’. Practice a relaxation technique that suits you. Build it into your life so you can use it in stressful situations.

For more information look at http://www.goodmentalhealthmatters.com/NHS_GMH_Guide_Web.pdf

Skydiving Champion

Here is Leanne’s skydiving experience captured on video. We are pleased to announce she has raised….

 £480

What an achievement! A big thank you goes to everyone who donated and to our lovely Leanne for being such a brave individual. 

Harmless receive first donation from the sales of the Lovelock scarf!

We have now received the first donation from the proceeds of the Lovelock scarf. We would like to say a big thank you to Claire Mountain who has donated the proceeds totalling £277.60 for sales in March! This contribution really does make a difference and will help us to save lives!

More details on the production of the Lovelock scarf and how to get yours can be found below…

Pattern designer Clare, from Sister Mountain, developed a knitting pattern to sell to raise money for us after losing her friend to suicide. The scarf will mark her friend’s life and we hope that by celebrating her life we can offer hope to others who are struggling.

All of the proceeds from pattern sales of the Lovelock scarf will be donated to Harmless. We were chosen by the bereaved family as we are an organisation where all proceeds go directly towards saving lives, so that no one else faces such a tragic loss.

The lovelock scarf is both tragic and hopeful, and a simple way that we can pass on the love and warmth of an item of clothing to people feeling lost and alone and desperate whilst raising hope, awareness end funds for our vital work.

https://www.sistermountain.com/blog/introducing-lovelock – blog post on the knitting pattern

“I like to think of the Lovelock scarf as a hug to someone who needs it: a physical act of wrapping yourself or someone you care about in love. By purchasing this scarf pattern, not only will you be able to knit something comforting and beautiful for yourself (knitting is most definitely self-care, don’t you agree?) but you will also be helping Harmless to provide comfort to those who desperately need it”.

If you can help us and knit us a very special scarf or would like to know more, email us at info@harmless.org.uk

We will also be auctioning some of the amazing scarves to add to the fundraising.

This is courage…

When you face your own fears to raise money to help others face theirs, that’s courage. 

On Sunday Leanne jumped out of a plane for a fundraising skydive that will raise money for people who are feeling suicidal. 

She set her target at £400 but has a small amount to go to smash this. £400 will ensure that 16 people in crisis will get the support that they need. 

16 people who are thinking of taking their own life will have access to the help they need to stay alive.  

Please help her get over the finish line. After all, she just jumped out of a plane for us all!  

(Photographic evidence of the terror she faced to do this for us)

https://www.gofundme.com/skydiveforharmless