Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

Nurturing our wellbeing & self-help – top tips

With the theme of surviving to thriving during this years Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to share with you our top tips to nurture your own mental health, and why it is so important to use self-help strategies. Instead of just

Mental Health First Aid says: “Not all help can or should be provided by specialists in mental health care, or indeed by primary care staff.  As well as having proven therapeutic effects, self-help strategies also help people to feel that they are regaining control of their lives and doing something positive for themselves. Often what people need is support to access a range of good-quality materials”.

Here are our top tips…

Connect

Good friendships play a significant role in promoting our overall health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Connecting with the people around you can play an important role in this as well. Heres some tips to make new connections this Mental Health Awareness Week: 

  • Talk to someone instead of sending an email. Or go the extra mile and write a letter, they are a lot more personal
  • Speak to someone new, smile at everyone
  • Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you
  • Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them (better for them, for you and the environment, triple win!)

Get physical

We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body. Our physical health and mental health really do need equal importance.

Exercise effects chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. Brain cells use these chemicals to communicate with each other, so by exercising you release these and they will positively affect your mood and thinking.

Tips on getting physical:

–  Swap the lift for the stairs! < simple…but effective.

–  During your lunch break take a walk, fresh air & exercise is perfect

–  Get off the bus one stop earlier

–  Meet up with friends to go to the park

–  Yoga before bed

–  Join a sports team

 

Be aware

Being mindful of your surroundings can strengthen the mind and broaden awareness. Starting to practice mindfulness, 10 minutes per day, is known to have significantly positive health benefits.  Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Our suggestions:

–  Clear away clutter

–  Be conscious of the people around you, their emotions and the impact on yourself

–  Visit a new coffee shop

–  Leave 5 minutes earlier to walk and talk a longer walk, notice your surroundings

–  Notice sounds, smells, overall feelings. Don’t think too much about them, just be aware.

 

Keep learning!

The more we learn, the more we grow, and that in turn benefits not only ourselves but others around us.  Continuing to learn throughout our lives boosts our self-esteem and encourages social interaction which overall promotes positive wellbeing.

Few ideas to get you started:

–  Sign up for a class: a new language perhaps

–  Teach yourself a new skill: pompom making, knitting or baking? (our favourite!)

–  Join a life drawing class class

–  Learn a new word every day

Volunteer

Volunteering to help others in the community will boost confidence, make a difference, you’ll connect with others and make new friends. You’ll become part of a new community, whilst learning a new skill and having fun.

Are you Surviving or Thriving? #MHAW17

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW17, Harmless Training Team have delivered a number of sessions, including

  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training in Nottingham
  • Level 3 Advanced Working with Self Harm in Derbyshire
  • Presenting at Mental Health Today Conference in Cardiff
  • Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFALite) in Nottingham
  • A workshop on Self Care and Resilience in Nottingham
  • Training for Managers – Mental Health in Nottingham

Wow! That was a busy, but imperative week.

The workshop for Managers took place on 11th May. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health, what better way to try and tackle this, than providing training on how to support staff in the workplace, experiencing mental ill health.

Within the workshop we discussed a range of things, however some key points we covered were;

  • What are some signs and symptoms of depression in the workplace
  • How can we reduce stigma in the workplace and in wider society
  • The benefits of supporting staff in the workplace

There were lots of in depth discussions about what is currently being done in various settings around the city, to support staff in the workplace, experiencing low mental wellbeing or mental health conditions.

But what about our Managers? What about their wellbeing? Are they surviving or thriving? They look out for their staff on a day to day basis, what are they doing to ensure they are looking after their own wellbeing?

As it is #MHAW17, I decided I would ask them to write up and share some of their self care activities that they have upcoming. Activities that ensures they are looking after and supporting themselves, just as they support others in the workplace.

An enormous thank you to the Lush Nottingham team

Thank you to the NOTTS Lush team for their wonderful workshop that kick started our Mental Health Awareness Week of events. The event was full and the feedback sung their praises.

To coincide with this years Mental Health Foundation’s theme of ‘surviving to thriving’ we decided to carefully construct a week of events focussing on #SelfCare. With creativity during the event perfect to nurture our emotional wellbeing, and then with being able to take the bath products home made the work shop perfect for #SelfCare.

The group made strawberry swirl bath products and were treated to hand and arm massages, a very relaxing day!!

“Kneading the ‘dough’ for the Lush product was super therapeutic and I also enjoyed swirling the pink and white dough together to make the classic cone shape for the Comforter Bubble Bar – taking it home was a bonus as it has filled my house and car with its wonderful aroma! Many thanks to Lush and the Harmless team”

Here are some photos of the event:

Thank you again to the lovely team and we hope to work with you again in the future.

Harmless on BBC East Midlands Today news yesterday evening

Val Stevens, our Specialist Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Therapist, speaking out yesterday in response to ‘the number of young girls in Leicester needing hospital care for self harm has more then double in the last three years’. BBC East Midlands watch from 2:20…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08pl2jz/east-midlands-today-late-news-09052017 

 

Reach out to a friend

At Harmless we are asking everyone to reach out to a friend this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, because it really is the small things that make the biggest difference. Imagine what we could achieve if we all came together? Join us in raising awareness and challenging stigma and discrimination.

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php…

#HarmToHope #Harmless

 

Raising Awareness, Making Change…

Day 2 of #MHAW17 with another busy start from the Training Team.

Sophie Allen attended BBC Radio Nottingham to speak to BBC Radio Leicester breakfast show, to respond to figures of A and E presentations for self harm. But also, importantly, to discuss that actually these figures massively underestimate the prevalence of self harm. Many many people never disclose and live with their distress on their own!

It’s important to start having these conversations to break down the taboo and stigma around self harm. Hopefully by doing so, more people will be encouraged to tell someone they’re not ok. #itsoknottobeok #itsoktotalk

Five ways to wellbeing

I recently attended some mental health training, whilst I was there I heard about a set of evidence based actions to improve personal wellbeing.

Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems whilst helping some people to flourish.

The five ways to wellbeing encourage people to:

  • Connect with the people around them, with their family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.  Building these connections will help support and enrich every day life, at home, in work / school and in their local communities.
  • Be active – go for a walk or run, play a game, do some exercise will help to make you feel good. Discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  • Take notice – be curious, catch sight of the beautiful.  Remark on the usually. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • Keep learning – try something new, Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cool your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
  • Give – do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Should you need any support, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk.

Happy Monday!

The dreaded Monday. The weekend feels like a distant memory. It’s time to wake up early, strong coffee in hand… ready to help us face the day ahead.

Today… we have LUSH coming in to support Mental Health Awareness Week with a workshop to make wonderful, natural bath products. I use a LUSH bath as a self-care activity. It is so important we take time out for ourselves – to hid from the world in a LUSH filled bath.

LUSH believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.

I read somewhere that statistics show Mondays will not be so bad after all, there will be over 5,000 weddings, 10,000 child births and 42 million hugs today. There will also be 600 dogs adopted, 35,000 balloons sold, plus the words ‘I love you’ will be said over 9 million times. You may think Monday is going to be awful, but according to statistics… Monday is going to be a really nice day.

Katie
Suicide crisis project worker
The Tomorrow Project

In the News: Clarke Carlisle on Aaron Lennon- ‘I don’t want anyone to experience what I did’

When I first heard the news about Aaron Lennon, there was a feeling of sadness because I don’t want anyone to experience what I’ve been through. But it was also a feeling of relief.

My former team-mate at Leeds has got to the crisis point that I hit but he has now entered the support system and has the opportunity to address what is going on, rehabilitate himself and live a full and blessed life.

I remember our days at Leeds really well. Aaron has always been a really quiet lad. He was never someone who bragged about anything but just got on with his business. He’s quite possibly the quickest thing on two legs that I’ve ever had to man mark in five‑a‑sides. When he is on form he is literally unplayable and I know there is still plenty more to come from him.

 

To read the full article, please click the following link: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/03/clarke-carlisle-aaron-lennon-football-mental-health-issues?CMP=share_btn_tw