The Tomorrow Project Catch up Cafe

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

Dates :

Thursday 8th February 2018 – 2.30-3.30pm

Thursday 8th March 2018 – 2.30 – 3.30pm

 

To speak to our friendly team:

Phone: 0115 880 0280

Email: info@harmless.org.uk

The catch up café is aimed at those aged 18 and above. You will be welcomed by our friendly staff.

All catch up café sessions will take place at:

Unit 1

Lighting House

3-5 Station Road

East Leake

Loughborough

Leicester

LE12 6LQ

See you at the catch up café!

Self Harm Conference – 1st March 2018 – Tickets now on sale

From Harm to Hope – Self Harm Conference

Thursday 1st March 2018
Nottingham Conference Centre

£150 per delegate, or 2 for £200*

Click here to book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-harm-to-hope-self-harm-…

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership,

Service user representation,

Effective practice,

Driving change,

Overcoming stigma and discrimination.

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide. Speakers already confirmed:

Professor Louis Appleby, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

We will be confirming all speakers, workshops, and our agenda closer to the event. Please book early to take advantage of our ticket offer.

Click here to book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-harm-to-hope-self-harm-…

*Excluding Eventbrite booking fees. We also offer discounted tickets for charities and students – to book these please call our office directly on 0115 880 0280.

From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Caroline Harroe, CEO, Harmless

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Caroline is Harmless’ CEO and one of its co-founders, launching the service in 2007 with fellow Director Amy, and ensuring the service has gone from strength to award winning strength.

Caroline has over 15 years’ experience in the field of self harm and mental health. A practicing psychotherapist and a tireless campaigner for equality for those experiencing mental health difficulties. Caroline is currently completing her PhD, is an elected member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and is involved in many local and national suicide prevention strategy and research projects.

Leading with experience, Caroline overcame her personal experience of self harm and mental health problems and after a long battle to overcome these difficulties, she now hopes to inspire hope in others by sharing her recovery.

From Harm to Hope Conference:

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

BOOK NOW

From Harm to Hope

Self Harm & Suicide Prevention starts here!

Thursday 1st March 2018, our 3rd annual conference.

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.

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is self harm and suicide prevention starts here.

Harmless recognises that self harm and suicide ffects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Professor Louis Appleby, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

 

Workshops:

Sarah Kessling (Harmless) – Effective risk assessment and safety planning.

Claire Dixon (Harmless) – Self harm and suicide: The missing link.

Mental Health Today – Supporting people living with suicidal thoughts.

Pam Burrows – Does your organisation have a C.A.R.E. culture or a SCARE culture? An introduction to the C.A.R.E. model for a developing a sustainable wellbeing culture in your organisation.

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin – Domestic abuse, self-harm & suicide – what is the correlation, how can we help?

Marie Armstrong – The social context of young people and self harm.

Sarah Fairbank – Working with complex trauma, self harm and suicide.

Gloucestershire Public Health – Developing a comprehensive all age pathway for people who self harm in Gloucestershire.

World Café – A chance to speak to people with lived experience.

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

£150 per delegate, CPD certified, Workshops, Food, Speakers,

Where can I find more information?

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

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 880 0280

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACES

Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope – 1st March 2018 – 2 delegates for £200

Our 3rd annual national conference with this year’s theme of ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

£150 per place 
or
2 places for £200*

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide…one not to miss.

Please book early to take advantage of our ticket offer. Places are £150, or 2 for £200, excluding Eventbrite booking fees. We also offer discounted tickets for charities and students – to book these please click HERE or call our office directly on 0115 880 0280.

From Harm to Hope

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

JOIN US

Self harm conference

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

 

Speakers Include:

Professor Louis Appleby

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Mental Health Today

Pam Burrows

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin

Marie Armstrong

Sarah Fairbank

Gloucestershire Public Health

COME ONE, COME ALL

Click HERE for tickets

People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

Insurers have been accused of depriving access to life insurance and other kinds of cover to people with depression and anxiety, even for physical conditions unrelated to their mental health.

People who have suffered even mild mental health conditions or one-off episodes say they have been refused life insurance altogether, aggravating their financial insecurity.

Dozens of complainants have been in touch with the Guardian about the alleged discrimination. Charities and campaigners described the findings as “extremely worrying” and showed that insurers were operating based on an outdated understanding of mental illness.

In some cases, insurers appear to base their refusal on long-distant episodes of depression or anxiety, or when customers admit to having had suicidal thoughts or self-harming noted on their medical records. These customers are then allegedly deemed unsuitable to insure even for circumstances where death is not linked to a mental condition.

One refused applicant was a victim of the 7 July 2005 London bombings who experienced post-traumatic stress disorder. She described being turned down as “upsetting” and “worrying”, saying it showed ignorance about mental illness.

“I can see it from the perspective of the insurance company; they are not going to want to provide cover for mental health related issues to someone who has had mental health problems. But I was surprised to be rejected for any coverage at all, particularly given my otherwise good health,” she added.

Others say they were penalised after attending one or two grief counselling sessions following a family death, leading to rocketing premiums.

Charities warned that gaps in the law mean customers have little protection against this form of prejudice.

“The difficulty is that the only protection available is to people who are disabled under the Equality Act and even then there are certain exemptions for insurance business,” said Michael Henson-Webb, head of legal at mental health charity Mind.

“The current definition of disability under that Act doesn’t cover everyone with a mental health problem and makes it difficult for individuals with mental health problems and their legal advisers to clearly determine their rights.”.

Laura Peters, advice manager at Rethink Mental Illness, said: “What is judged as ‘high risk’ seems to be based on an increasingly outdated understanding of mental illness. This viewpoint is resulting in people … being disproportionately penalised for their condition with eye-watering premiums or flat out rejection. Life and health insurance can be a vital safety net.”

“It feels to me wholly inappropriate and discriminatory. This is something that the government needs to investigate as a matter of urgency. We need to get a fundamental review of these policies,” he said.

The Guardian heard from dozens of people about the matter. Many of them were rejected for life insurance but others had problems getting health or travel insurance. They said the reason for their refusal had not been made clear but many said the only probable cause was their mental health record.

Many believed they were turned down because of having suicidal thoughts or self-harming noted in their medical records, but others said they were told to apply again at a later date due to having had a recent diagnosis.

The suspicion is that insurers are cherry-picking customers to minimise risk and boost the bottom line.

Henson-Webb said: “Some insurers are operating with a total lack of transparency. That so many people seem none the wiser as to why they have been declined insurance means they aren’t being given information about how decisions have been made.

“It looks as though some insurers are making crude assessments such as the ‘three strikes’ rule, which could amount to discrimination.”

One insurance broker, who asked to be anonymous, said: “Some insurers target different markets and like ‘clean lives’. It sounds awful but they are hard-nosed businesses.”

He added: “My wife looked to apply for new cover recently and she had gone to her GP about work-related stress and the insurer automatically increase the premium. How many people go through work related stress? I thought that was ludicrous.”

Another respondent, 27-year-old Cara Lisette from Hampshire, said that she had been denied cover but at the same time her partner who had an eye condition had been accepted with exceptions put in place. “This seems unfair, that he can get cover that excludes his condition but I cannot get the same,” she said.

A lot of those who responded said that discrimination had made them wary of getting further treatment.

Insurers say applications for life insurance go through careful assessment and are evidence based. They say that when dealing with customer’s with mental health problems they ask questions such as how long it has lasted and how it has been treated. They also ask about any time off work or suicide attempts. Insurers acknowledge that in a small number of cases, mental health backgrounds may result in a premium loading or exclusion, or in the most severe cases, a refusal to offer cover.

A spokesman for Royal London said: “Most mental health conditions are mild or self-limiting, and as a result we are able to offer standard rates to more than 90% of customers who inform us of their condition.”

An Aviva spokesperson said: “We take our responsibility to comply with the Equality Act 2010 very seriously. The Act includes special rules that permit insurers to assess customers individually and to offer acceptance terms at the standard rate, at an increased premium or to refuse to offer cover based upon each individual applicant’s risk.

“We do not refuse to offer cover or offer cover on different terms to people with a disability, unless there is statistical evidence the condition presents a higher risk than for someone who does not have a history of the condition.”

Link to full blog: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/19/people-with-mental-illnesses-refused-access-to-insurance-cover

 

Why not come along to our self harm conference?

From Harm to Hope
01/03/18

Nottingham Conference Centre

Do you have an interest in learning more about self harm?

Do you want to opportunities to connect with lead academics and professionals?

Do you want to raise awareness and reduce stigma around self harm?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then I believe our National Self harm Conference just might be for you.

1st March is Self harm Awareness day and in line with this we run a National conference, which gathers lead academics from all over the country to come speak. 

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

  • Collaborative partnership
  • Service user representation
  • Effective practice
  • Driving change
  • Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Click HERE for tickets

From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Naomi Watkins

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One of the UK’s leading Domestic Abuse consultants, as featured by BBC and commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council, Bristol City Council and University of Lincoln.

Naomi has worked in the field of Emotional Wellbeing, Healthy Relationships and Domestic Abuse for 10 years. She is a CAADA trained IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) working with high risk cases, at risk of homicide. She has chaired MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) and worked closely with the CPS (Crown Prosecution Services). She has been trained in Emotional Wellbeing by the NSPCC and ChildLine and worked with them for 8 years.

She has worked with young people from the ages of 0-25years and adults in varying capacities. She has been a nursery worker, deputy manager in a nursery, project worker, support worker, housing officer, drug and alcohol worker, counsellor, domestic abuse worker, ChildLine counsellor and supervisor. She has strong expertise in working with young people and adults, she has had specialist training in Emotional Wellbeing and Healthy Relationships from the NSPCC.

She is a qualified counsellor and has worked with those affected by domestic abuse, low emotional wellbeing, stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem and confidence.

Having delivered various training to volunteers, staff members, professionals, children and young people, she has become a highly experienced trainer. She has written workshops for all levels and delivered to small and large groups alike.

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From Harm to Hope Conference

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Sarah Kessling
Training team leader

 

After achieving a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Teaching, Sarah began her career teaching at the Royal National Institute for the Blind. This role sparked an interest in pastoral support and led to her completing an MSc in Psychological Well-being. Consequently Sarah implemented this further education within her role as Student Development Officer at a Secondary School in Buckinghamshire. Both her interest in teaching and passion for mental health has led to Sarah delivering in the role of Specialist Self Harm & Suicide Prevention Trainer at Harmless.

Sarah’s role continues to provide many opportunities to become involved in planning, facilitating and evaluation across the broad range of Harmless’ training programmes.

Click HERE to book tickets!