Tomorrow is a BIG day for the Harmless team!

Tomorrow is self harm awareness day and we host our national conference to mark the event, bringing people together in meaningful discussion to work towards suicide prevention.

Self harm awareness day also means that we get to revisit our commitment to our service users and reiterate that no matter how tough times are for us, we will continue to work to provide support.

If you would like to support us in our endeavours then we will be generating ‘a month of ideas’ (for fundraising) starting tomorrow.

If you’d like to get involved, then give us a shout on info@harmless.org.uk as we look to securing the financial future for our service- you could become one of our life savers.

We are also offering a range of discounts on all of our products and training services for self harm awareness day.

Remember, if we work together, we really can make a difference.

Drop-in dates

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague. We can offer information or advice about any concerns you may have around self harm.

You will have the opportunity to meet Val our experienced and qualified therapist, and Colin, our experienced and friendly project worker.

All drop-in sessions will take place at:
1 Beech Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ.

To speak to our friendly team:

Phone: 0115 880 0280

Email: info@harmless.org.uk

In the News – Some mental health services are telling patients: ‘If you really wanted to kill yourself, you would have done it’

People are encouraged to seek help if they are feeling suicidal like never before. Yet a deadly new mix of funding cuts and dangerous ideas about suicide are leaving many people with long-term conditions at greater risk.

Tom is 22 and has made a couple of serious attempts on his life following prolonged periods of depression. “When I regained consciousness after the last attempt”, he said, “I was told ‘If you really want to kill yourself, you would have done it’.” Tom, like many other people, feels like when he now contacts the crisis team, they treat him brusquely. “It is like they will only take me seriously if I actually die”, he continued. “I am told again and again ‘well if you really want to kill yourself, that’s your choice’.”

We are not talking about nuanced Schopenhauerian conversations about the right to die here. In the context of deep despair, the idea of choice is a deadly one, absolving the other party from doing everything they can to help the person in pain. If one is suicidal it is very difficult to feel any hope that things might change; one is often exhausted. It is crucial that hope is held actively by mental health professionals at these bleakest moments in a life.

To read the full article, please visit: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mental-health-nhs-suicide-crisis-untrained-staff-high-risk-underfunding-a8110186.html 

From Harm to Hope, 1st March 2018

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

Dr Karen Slade

Caroline Harroe

Laura Dunkley & Michelle Harden

 

COME ONE, COME ALL

Click HERE for tickets

Self Harm Conference, 1st March 2018: Free sponsored places now open for applications!

FREE SPONSORED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE

We have now secured sponsorship from our Community Champions – Nottingham City Transport, Impero, Micropropagation Services (EM) Ltd, Logistics and Warehouse Services Ltd, Pedigree Automotive Solutions Ltd, Hopkins Solicitors & The A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation – for free places to our conference on 1st March 2018 and are now inviting applications for these free places.

If you would like to attend our conference in one of these free places, you will need to complete an application form which you can download using the link below.

All applications must be submitted to admin@harmless.org.uk no later than 11am on Friday 16th February 2018. Any late submissions may not be considered.

Please click here to download our Sponsored Places Application Form

Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee you a free place. All applications will be considered by Harmless management and you will be informed if you have been successful. If you do not hear back from us, please assume you have not been successful.

 

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Usual Price £150 per delegate place

 

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Self harm: Suicide prevention starts here’.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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 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.

The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base, including young people and adults.

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.

 

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Louis Appleby

who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

 

Dr Karen Slade

Dual Harm: Towards an understanding of those who harm themselves and others.

 

Laura Dunkley & Michelle Harden

Hearing the Suicidal Patient’s Emotional Pain.

 

Workshops

  • Sarah Kessling (Harmless) – Effective risk assessment and safety planning.
  • Claire Dixon (Harmless) – Self harm and suicide: The missing link.
  • 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 – Self-harm and Young people – not what I intended it to be.
  • Sarah Fairbank & Ann Watts – 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, located on Nottingham Trent Universities City Campus. The address for the conference centre is: Burton St, Nottingham, NG1 4BU.

 

Where can I find more information?

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

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

Being Ourselves

We are all unique, different and special, in Children’s Mental Health week 5 – 11 February 2018 we are encouraged to celebrate our uniqueness. Some children and young people may find it difficult to think positively about themselves. We can encourage them to celebrate their unique qualities and strengths.

By encouraging children to develop a positive view of themselves we can help them overcome many difficulties. We can encourage them to feel more connected to the people in their lives which can help children and young people to cope with life’s challenges.

We all need a bit of help sometimes; it can be difficult to know who you can ask for help:

  • Family member,
  • A trusted friend,
  • Harmless and Tomorrow Project
  • A professional

It is best to decide who you can talk to, I understand you may not like asking for help, you may feel that you don’t want to burden other people, you might even worry about how they might respond to you, it is important to remember people who care about you will want to help you.

It is important to show respect and kindness to everyone around us, even if they are different because we all have different skills, abilities and interests.

Why not contact us for support and information by emailing info@harmless.org.uk.

Save our service from closure

To all of the people we have ever helped, or who have ever believed in our work- we need you.

For the last year we have struggled to find the services that we offer. Our work is held in such high esteem and anyone who’s needed us, knows we save lives. But the funding crisis in the U.K. means it’s become increasingly difficult to survive.

At present, we need to raise 30k to keep our Suicide crisis and bereavement services open.

I know this seems like big money, but it’s made up of small, affordable and generous donations.

Every support session we deliver costs £25 a time, so if you believe in us at all, could you spare that, or a portion of that?

At the minute, every little really does help.

We HATE turning to our community and asking for help, but if we don’t ask you, we may not survive.

Can you help?

Will you share this?

Can you give up the price of a coffee, or a trip out to save someone’s life? Or hold an event, or a sponsored something… anything…

Thank you for reading this. We promise we will keep trying our very best to be there when you need us.

https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless?ref=aEpQP8AFnT&src=tomorrowproject

Community Champions

Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.

Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it.

Could you be a community champion? 

Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 

Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events?

Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.

Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk

From Harm to Hope

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

The theme of our 3rd annual conference is self harm and suicide prevention starts here.

Thursday 1st March 2018.

Harmless recognises that self harm and suicide effects 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.

£150 per delegate place*

or

2 delegate places for £200*

Click HERE for more info and to book tickets.