Training sessions to break the stigma around self harm

Last week Harmless welcomed 12 lovely delegates for a full day of self harm awareness training. All 12 work with young people, and the training generated a lot of discussion around how we best support children who are struggling with issues around self harm.

We know that school staff work tirelessly to support the young people they work with every day, and that self harm is on the increase. There have been recorded rises in self harm A & E admissions for young people, and we know that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in the UK.Anything we can do to continue to break the stigma to enable children to talk openly about their distress is going to support our vision to save lives. Training is just one small part of that.

Thank you to the delegates who attended, asked questions, shared their experiences and reminded me that we are very fortunate to have some excellent support for young people in our local schools and colleges.

If you would like information about what training we can provide, please contact us at:

Phone: 0115 934 8446

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

 

East Leake Catch up Café Cancelled!

We were scheduled to hold a Catch up Café on Friday 22nd September 2017 at 10am in our East Leake office!

Unfortunately, this has been cancelled!

We are really sorry about this and we are hoping to get new dates set as soon as we can!

If you would like to find our more information about our service or would like to refer in, please call or email us on:

0115 934 8445

crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk

bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk

Get your Raffle Tickets here!

Tickets are £1 each and you can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Raffle prizes include:

  • Two Sheffield Wednesday match day tickets
  • Two Notts County match day tickets
  • Paper Veil Weddings £70 voucher for a bespoke limited edition print
  • Two Broadway Cinema tickets
  • Great Central Railway family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)
  • Oscar & Rosies £20 pizza gift voucher
  • Eden Hall simply spa day experience gift card
  • Create Gift Love handmade magnets & coasters
  • Makeup selection
  • East Leake Manor Farm & Woodlands vouchers
  • £50 gift voucher for dinner at Las Iguanas
  • Family crazy golf – The Lost City tickets
  • 2x Super + Super paper cutting books
  • Kenzo vanity case
  • 2x National Ice Centre family pass (4 people)
  • Pudding Pantry voucher for pudding and coffee for two
  • A bottle of wine
Just over three weeks until our Harmless Celebration event and excitement is high. If there is ever an excuse to eat good food, have fun and raise awareness then the 7th of October is the time.

This year’s celebration is extra special as we will be also celebrating our ten year anniversary, having supported over 25,000 individuals.

To all who are coming, we look forward to seeing you there and to those who couldn’t attend we hope to see you in following years to come. However, it’s not too late to join in!

If you fancy a day out, some gift vouchers for a variety of places or some exclusive items, then why not buy a raffle ticket?

You can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

The draw will take place on October 7th 2017 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place. Please make sure you include a phone number and email address so that we can contact you if you win. Ticket numbers will be emailed to you within 3 working days of receipt of payment.

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Send a card, save a life

It’s almost that time of year again…..

 

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

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

Make someone’s day and reach out to them with a special card, the small things really make the biggest difference.

Get your Christmas Cards here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

Get your raffle tickets now!

Tickets are £1 each and you can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Raffle prizes include:

  • Two Sheffield Wednesday match day tickets
  • Two Notts County match day tickets
  • Paper Veil Weddings £70 voucher for a bespoke limited edition print
  • Two Broadway Cinema tickets
  • Great Central Railway family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)
  • Oscar & Rosies £20 pizza gift voucher
  • Eden Hall simply spa day experience gift card
  • Create Gift Love handmade magnets & coasters
  • Makeup selection
  • East Leake Manor Farm & Woodlands vouchers
  • £50 gift voucher for dinner at Las Iguanas
  • Family crazy golf – The Lost City tickets
  • 2x Super + Super paper cutting books
  • Kenzo vanity case
  • 2x National Ice Centre family pass (4 people)
  • Pudding Pantry voucher for pudding and coffee for two
  • A bottle of wine
Just over three weeks until our Harmless Celebration event and excitement is high. If there is ever an excuse to eat good food, have fun and raise awareness then the 7th of October is the time.

This year’s celebration is extra special as we will be also celebrating our ten year anniversary, having supported over 25,000 individuals.

To all who are coming, we look forward to seeing you there and to those who couldn’t attend we hope to see you in following years to come. However, it’s not too late to join in!

If you fancy a day out, some gift vouchers for a variety of places or some exclusive items, then why not buy a raffle ticket?

You can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

The draw will take place on October 7th 2017 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place. Please make sure you include a phone number and email address so that we can contact you if you win. Ticket numbers will be emailed to you within 3 working days of receipt of payment.

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Harmless are heading for ten – and moving on!

As we move towards our tenth anniversary, Harmless and it’s wonderful team have a time of hard work and reflection ahead. We hope that you will join us in a celebration of our work, by sharing our posts and getting involved in the activities we are hosting.

We also have some big news. Since 2009 all of our activities for Harmless have been hosted from the Volunteer Centre in Nottingham. On practically the eve of our anniversary, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project will move their main activities from the NCVS building and into our own premises.

We will no doubt have a lot of kinks to iron out so please bear with us during the transition and we do hope that in the near future you will all take time to come and see us in our new dedicated self harm and suicide prevention support space.

We will endeavour to keep our support services at NCVS so as not to disrupt the clients that we are already seeing.

Wish us luck!

£25 saves a life? Wanna be a life saver? 

FACT: £25 can save a life
FACT: 6,188 suicides were reported 2015

MYTH: Talking about suicide escalates risk of suicide
FACT: For every 1 woman 3 men take their lives

MYTH: Someone who talks about wanting to take their life won’t go through with it
FACT: The Tomorrow Project & Harmless save lives
FACT: £25 = one crisis session
Please save a life today and donate to Harmless click here to go to our local giving page: https://localgiving.org/harmless

World Suicide Prevention Day – #takeaminute #savealife

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is a day that honours suicide prevention work across the globe and can give us all a moment to stop and think what we each have to contribute to suicide prevention. 

Each year, the International Association for Suicide Prevention sets a theme for the day; this year is #takeaminute. 

We often think that life saving efforts come from elaborate interventions. If you thought this was the case- you’d be wrong. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business… change can happen in a moment – a show of human kindness, a cups of tea, a chat, a hug, or a moment of self care. What can you do in a minute that could change everything for someone else or for yourself?

We’re borrowing this next bit from a supportive follower of our work…

‘In 2015 6,188 people died by suicide 

In 2015 1,732 people died in a road accident 

Surprised? 

How many times do we say ‘drive carefully’? Its relatively easy right and trips off the tongue. 

How many times do we say ‘are you ok?’ and wait long enough to hear what that person really says, or when they say ‘fine’ be curious and ask a few more questions? 

New research this year by De Cou et al (2017) has evidenced that asking people outright if they are having suicidal thoughts does NOT make them more likely to do anything or make them feel worse. Don’t be afraid to ask.’

Don’t be afraid to listen to the answer – you could be the difference between life and death for someone you know and love. 

Tell us how you’re going to spend your minute wisely.

#takeaminute #savealife

Light a Candle: World Suicide Prevention Day – 10 September 2017

Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.

Every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.

Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a network of family, friends and work colleagues or school mates. Others may be less well connected, and some may be quite isolated. Regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable.

This sentiment is reflected in the theme of the 2017 World Suicide Prevention Day: ‘Take a minute, change a life.’ As members of communities, it is our responsibility to look out for those who may be struggling, check in with them, and encourage them to tell their story in their own way and at their own pace. Offering a gentle word of support and listening in a non-judgmental way can make all the difference.

Life is precious and sometimes precarious. Taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger r close family member or friend – can change the course of their life.

2017 marks the 15th World Suicide Prevention Day. The day was first recognised in 2003, as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and endorsed by the World Health Organization. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10.

On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Show your support by taking part in our Cycle Around the Globe campaign aimed at raising awareness through community action. Find out what local activities have been scheduled as well – or initiate one yourself!

Finally, if there is anyone you are concerned about, take a minute to check in with them. It could change their life.

Today we are hosting an event at The Sir Colin Campbell building exploring The Tomorrow Projects pathways, in line with World Suicide Prevention Day on September the 10th, 2017.

Today we are hosting an event exploring suicide prevention pathways, two days before World Suicide Prevention Day, 2017. Delegates have the opportunity to hear about our life saving work, as well as stories directly from people who have benefited from this innovative service.

The day presents workshops on suicide crisis intervention and an introduction to effective risk assessment around suicide.

Suicide remains a socially taboo subject, with The Tomorrow Project is paving the way on challenging the stigma in this field. An estimated 1 in 20 people contemplate suicide every year, thoughts of suicide are far more common than we might like to believe with attempts 40-100 times more common than deaths by suicide.

Penny Johnson, who lost her son to suicide and says: “The Tomorrow Project is so vital in so many ways. Before my son died, we tried to get him help via the NHS only to be turned away. I pleaded with them to help us, but they said that they couldn’t unless Jamie was the one asking for help but in October, 2012, Jamie took his own life. My family have been in turmoil ever since, each of us needing help in our own way and The Tomorrow Project has been there for us. I don’t know how we would have survived without them.”

A further ticketed event will be held on the evening of the 7th of October at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham celebrating the work and raising funds for the continuation of life saving work, with a drinks reception, dinner, live music and auction. Tickets available now via www.harmless.org.uk/store