Photography project- we need you!

We are currently recruiting individuals to our suicide awareness photography project.

If you have been touched by suicide in some way, either through your own battle of lived experience, supporting someone you love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide and want to take part, we want to hear from you.

We want to ensure we have a range of people – ethnicity, gender and age, well-represented.

All we need you to do is send us your name and phone number and a sentence about your experiences and we will put you in touch with our photographer. Email us at info@harmless.org.uk

The images will form part of an exhibition to mark world suicide prevention day and shoots will happen in and around Nottingham.

Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our clinical team?

Harmless are pleased to offer these exciting opportunities to join our passionate team and help us save lives.  We are looking for dynamic individuals, who are willing to develop their skills; work outside the box and challenge themselves in order to do whatever is required to help people attain recovery.

We are currently recruiting for the below positions to join the Harmless team. The deadline for applications is Monday 18th June 2018 at 12pm, with interviews to take place in the week commencing 25th June 2018.

Positions available:

Specialist Therapist

Project Worker

 

To download the Specialist Therapist application pack, please click here.

To download the Project Worker application pack, please click here.

These roles are particularly well suited to those early in their career looking for a long term opportunity to develop as a specialist therapist / project worker. Work as part of these roles will take place across Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire therefore ability to drive and access to a car is essential.

Please submit all applications and any questions regarding these positions to admin@harmless.org.uk by the above deadline. Any applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

JOB TITLE: Specialist Therapist

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY: Up to £23,250 per annum

(Depending on experience)

START DATE: September 2018

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

 

JOB TITLE: Project Worker

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY: Up to £20,000 per annum

(Depending on experience)

START DATE: September 2018

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

 

If you have any questions regarding either of the roles or the application process, please contact us by calling 0115 880 0280 or email admin@harmless.org.uk.

Public Health England: Support after Suicide – Key to Suicide Prevention

Below is a blog article by Public Health England.

Suicide has a devastating impact on families, friends, communities and work colleagues.

Those bereaved by a suicide are at increased risk of mental health and emotional problems so receiving the right support is essential.

The impact of suicide

Sadly, in 2016 alone, 4575 people died by suicide.   Depending on the situation of the individual, estimates vary on how many people are affected by each suicide – a recent study showed this could be as high as 135 people exposed.

Taking a very conservative estimate of 10 people directly affected, this gives a minimum total of almost 50,000 people annually.  That’s potentially 50,000 people in need of some level of support, whether it’s having someone to talk to, taking a break from work, or simply needing a way to mentally process what has happened with support to do so.

In January 2017, the Prime Minister announced a strengthened cross government suicide prevention strategy, which set out a key objective to improve responses to bereavement by suicide and support services.  In further recognition of the problem the Health Select Committee on Suicide Prevention also recommended services to support people who are vulnerable to suicide.

For PHE – this is a priority area of work and our suicide prevention planning guidance makes it clear that providing support after suicide should be a priority for all local areas to assist in real time and at ground level.

Available resources for the community

Developing support services will help to ensure that people receive Help is at Hand – a practical and emotional guide for anyone affected by a suicide or a suspected suicide.

To help deliver  local support, we have worked with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and Support after Suicide to develop ‘Support after a suicide: A guide to providing local services’ – a practical guide for commissioners to understand why and how they can deliver support after suicide in their local areas.

We have also worked together to develop two further resources to support local areas called Support after a suicide: Developing and delivering local bereavement support services and ‘Support after a suicide: Evaluating local bereavement support services’.

These include best practice examples across England such as Amparo, The Tomorrow Project and If U Care Share, who provide outreach to people bereaved by suicide by working with coroners and/or the police within days of receiving the referral and offer a wide range of support.

A new publication ‘Finding the Words’ has also been published, which provides help to support someone bereaved and affected by suicide.

To read the full blog article by Public Health England, please visit the following link… https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2018/05/29/support-after-suicide-key-to-suicide-prevention/

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

I recently had the privilege to deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training course. This excellent training is both enjoyable and insightful, highly recommended for everyone who works with or supports young people aged 8 – 18 years.
One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time.
For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.
In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
 
• Seven are likely to have been bullied
• Six may be self-harming
• One could have experienced the death of a parent
 
Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.
 
It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.
 
Delegates feedback:
“Excellent training would highly recommend to everyone who works with children”
“Thanks for a really insightful and thought provoking course. Lots to take away and build on for myself and with others in my work.”
“Would highly recommend this course fantastic”
 
Our next Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be held in Nottingham on
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July 2018 09:00 – 17-00 on both days.
For more details can be found us on Eventbrite (search “Harmless”)
 
Email:training@harmless.org.uk
Call 0115 8800281

Photography project- we need you!

We are currently recruiting individuals to our suicide awareness photography project.

If you have been touched by suicide in some way, either through your own battle of lived experience, supporting someone you love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide and want to take part, we want to hear from you.

All we need you to do is send us your name and phone number and a sentence about your experiences and we will put you in touch with our photographer. Email us at info@harmless.org.uk

The images will form part of an exhibition to mark world suicide prevention day and shoots will happen in and around Nottingham.

BIG NEWS! Our Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Centre Receives Government Backing!

Yesterday the government announced the 51 successful projects for its Beyond Places of Safety Fund.

The new scheme is aimed at helping improve the provision of health-based Places of Safety for those detained under S135 and S136 of the Mental Health Act and to improve services for people who are vulnerable to or recovering from a mental health crisis.

We applied many months ago for funds and have waited for what seems like such a long time to hear a decision.

50th on the long list of 51, and after a long and anxious scroll through, I saw our name.

We’ve been funded.

In brief what this means is that we’ve been awarded enough money to buy our property in Nottingham from which to run our suicide specialist services in self harm, suicide crisis and bereavement.

For the first time in Nottinghamshire there will be a secure and thriving provision all under one roof. It’s own roof!

We’re still a little shocked that this has happened because finances have been tight and testing for a long while, but for now we hope this sends out a message of hope… this service will have a permanent roof over its head. We are going nowhere.

In 2007 when our service was delivered from the kitchen side at home, who’d have believed it?!

Anything can happen if you believe in it enough and fight hard enough.

If you need us, we will be here. We know that now for sure.

Important Information: Updates to our Privacy Policy

At the heart of our service are our wonderful supporters and those who access our services. Our dedicated and passionate team work tirelessly to make sure that people, no matter who they are, feel supported and safe. As part of that commitment, we like to make sure that you are aware of changes that happen in the organisation.

The recent changes in EU data protection law has given us a great opportunity to review our privacy policy and ensure that people feel informed about what they can expect from us when they access our service(s).

Everyone at Harmless is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Our updated privacy policy sets out the basis on which any personal information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by Harmless CIC or its associated projects (The Tomorrow Project, The Hope Project & Let’s Talk Training). It covers how we use this information, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Here is a summary:

What information might we collect about you?

The information we collect about you depends on the service you access from us, for example, we will collect more information about you if you access our therapy services than if you access our training services. The information we collect is appropriate and proportionate to the service you are accessing and we will only collect information for the purposes for which they are used.

How might we collect about you?

The way we collect your data depends on the service(s) you access and the way in which you access them. We collect information that you share with us (or that is given to use by an authorised third party) when you first access the service and thereafter each time you engage with our organisation. In some cases, we may collect and process data from third parties without consent if there is a risk, or potential risk, to your life. As a responsible service, we have secure processes and systems in place to ensure that we protect your personal data regardless of how we collect it.

How will we use the information about you?

The personal information that you supply to us (or is supplied to us by a third party) will be used in a number of ways depending on the service(s) you access.

Who has access to your information?

In most cases, only authorised staff will have access to your information. However, we do sometimes share your personal data to third parties under certain circumstances, primarily, if you have given consent to do so, we have concerns for your safety or if we have a legal obligation to do so. We will never sell or rent your personal information to any third party.

What are your rights?

We will only collect and process information, or send you information about our service, when it is appropriate and justified to do so.  However, if you would like a copy of the information we hold about you or would like to be removed from our mailing list, we can do that for you.

What do I need to do?

At this time, there is nothing you need to do. However, you are welcome to look at privacy policy if you would like to find out more information.

If you have any questions or queries about our privacy policy or this update, please contact us via admin@harmless.org.uk

As always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support.

Join up to Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 10k walking fundraiser.

CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention. CLASP together with organisations across the country, seek to raise suicide awareness. This is achieved by providing a directory of charities, counselling services, self care advice and much more from numerous parties across the country.

CLASP have announced  7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham. The events have grown over the course of 4 years via public support wanting to obtain, more mental health wellbeing information and participate in raising awareness and reducing the stigma in their local and regional communities.

Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. Take part in a 10 mile walking challenge and help create a world with good mental health for all. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walking-out-of-darkness-2018-10883871498.

https://www.claspcharity.com/menu-new/

Thank you Harry

A huge thank you to Harry Starbuck for the fantastic photography last Friday. Harry volunteered his time and his skill set to capture the moments we shared with staff and students of Nottingham college. We are so grateful!

Take a look at Harry’s amazing photography page: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarryStarbuckPhotography/
Instagram @hsphoto1499

Here he is in action ….

Thank you again for volunteering to support us on Friday,

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team.