International Friendship day

Monday 30th July is International Friendship day and I wanted to share with you the important role friendship can play on our mental health.

Recently a friend sent me an article titled: “To the friends who loved me unconditionally when I hit rock bottom”, and it made me consider the powerful and often unappreciated role friendships play in our lives.

“Thank you for all the times that you showed me warmth, the random hugs that you graced me with because you knew something was up even if I didn’t tell you anything”.

For me, this particular line really resonated, it shows the real importance of true friendships and the fact that sometimes they ‘just know’Friends love you unconditionally, even at times when you don’t love yourself. They reassure us that life does get better, there is hope and they will always be by our side to remind us. I for one am truly grateful for my friend and was really touched when I was sent this article.

The article also made me think about how many people don’t feel able to talk to someone, the devastating effect this would have and what we can do to change it.

In the UK in 2015 there were 6,188 suicides. These statistics make suicide the leading cause of death in young people in the UK and also shows those over 45 are at greatest risk. With the rate of suicides at 6,188, that’s 6,188 more deaths than there should have been. Ultimately this shows us the need for support, alongside the need to challenge stigma around mental health and that starts with friends.

Let friend’s know its okay to talk…you’re there for them to listenwithout judgment.

Being open around mental health challenges stigma in a positive light and may be all a friend needs to be comfortable in asking for our help.

When someone is struggling with their mental health they may become distant, cancel plans and want to see us less than usual. However, this is when friendships play a key role and is exactly when maintaining friendships are so important.

The mental health foundation says: If you’re the friend of someone with a mental health problem, you may be concerned about them. The most important thing is to tell them that you’re still their friend. If your friend is comfortable with being touched, a hug shows that you care about them and that you accept them whatever problems they are having.

“My friend asked me questions, didn’t just assume things, she really wanted to know.”

Take cues from your friend. Are they comfortable with questions or would they rather talk about something else? Don’t promise things you may not be able to deliver. How can you help them best?

If you’re the friend, the most valuable support you can provide is just being there to talk and listen. People really appreciate that their friends have made time to contact themvisit them and invite them round.

These are five steps that research shows can help people with mental health problems:

■            Assess risk of suicide or self-harm

■            Listen non-judgmentally

■            Give reassurance and information

■            Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help

■            Encourage self-help strategies.

“Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

As Monday 30th July is friendship day, why not combine the day with self-care Monday. Take part in some self-care with your friend and let them know how much you value them and appreciate their friendship.

Join us…

Join us for a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

Saturday 29th September at Ruddington Grange.

Tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2018

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

We’ve been funded by Derbyshire County Council to deliver free courses for those working with Derbyshire residents.
The course is ideal for staff and volunteers from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations who are looking for basic awareness raising of mental health.
 
This training session will develop understanding and knowledge of:
• The continuum of mental health and dual axis model
• Signs and symptoms of mental health problems
• Prevalence of mental health problems
• Populations at higher risk
• Protective and risk factors
• Impact of mental health problems
• Stigma and discrimination
• Approaches to incorporate into own practice to support interaction
• Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)
 
New dates:
 
 
 
 
 
For enquiries or more information please email training@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 880 0281

Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our Let’s Talk Training 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.

We are currently recruiting for the below positions to join the Let’s Talk Training team.

Positions available:

Specialist Trainer
Training Support Officer
ASIST Trainer (Bank Staff)
Youth MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

The deadline for applications for these positions is 31st July 2018 at 5pm. Please submit all applications to admin@harmless.org.uk with the job title as the subject.

Click here to download the application packs for each of these roles

Please note: Driving will be a necessary part of these roles (with the exception of the Training Support Officer role) and therefore applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.

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 Trainer

HOURS
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY:
Up to £22,128 per annum
(Negotiable, depending on experience)

JOB TITLE: Training Support Officer

HOURS:
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY:
Up to £16,968 per annum
(Negotiable, depending on experience)

JOB TITLE: ASIST Trainer (Sessional)

HOURS:
Sessional

REMUNERATION:
£150 per day

JOB TITLE: Youth MHFA Trainer (Sessional)

HOURS:
Sessional

REMUNERATION:
£150 per day

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.

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

We’ve been funded by Derbyshire County Council to deliver free courses for those working with Derbyshire residents.

The course is ideal for staff and volunteers from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations who are looking for basic awareness raising of mental health.

This training session will develop understanding and knowledge of:

  • The continuum of mental health and dual axis model
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Prevalence of mental health problems
  • Populations at higher risk
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Impact of mental health problems
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Approaches to incorporate into own practice to support interaction
  • Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)

New dates:

Clay cross, Tuesday 4th September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-clay-cross-tickets-47821291771

Glossop, Friday 21st September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-glossop-tickets-47821325873

Long Eaton, Tuesday 9th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-long-eaton-tickets-47988124773

Chesterfield, Monday 15th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-chesterfield-tickets-47988335403

Heanor, Wednesday 24th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-heanor-tickets-47988382544

 

For enquiries or more information please email training@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 880 0281

 

 

See you at the Catch up cafe!

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential, suicide prevention service which offers practical and emotional support to those who may be having thoughts of suicide and may have been bereaved or affected by suicide.

The catch up cafes are for those who would like to access some informal, drop in support from our service and for those who would like information about our service. These sessions are for those aged 18 and above.

So whether you’d like some information on how we can support you or someone you know – if you’d like to come in and chat with a member of the team or to catch up with others – we will see you at the Catch up Cafe!

The following dates will take place at our Nottingham office at 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ:

  • Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 11.30-12.30
  • Wednesday 8thAugust 2018 – 14.30-15.30
  • Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 11.30-12.30
  • Wednesday 5th September 2018 -14.30-15.30
  • Tuesday 18th September 2018 – 11.30-12.30

The following dates will take place at our East Leake office at Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6LQ:

  • Thursday 19th July 2018 – 10.30-11.30
  • Thursday 30th August 2018 – 14.00-15.00
  • Thursday 13th September 2018 – 10.30-11.30

If you have any questions about the Catch Up Cafe or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or by calling 0115 880 0280.

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

FREE Mental Health Awareness Training in Derbyshire

We’ve been funded by Derbyshire County Council to deliver free courses for those working with Derbyshire residents.

The course is ideal for staff and volunteers from statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations who are looking for basic awareness raising of mental health.

This training session will develop understanding and knowledge of:

  • The continuum of mental health and dual axis model
  • Signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Prevalence of mental health problems
  • Populations at higher risk
  • Protective and risk factors
  • Impact of mental health problems
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Approaches to incorporate into own practice to support interaction
  • Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)

New dates:

Clay cross, Tuesday 4th September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-clay-cross-tickets-47821291771

Glossop, Friday 21st September: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-glossop-tickets-47821325873

Long Eaton, Tuesday 9th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-long-eaton-tickets-47988124773

Chesterfield, Monday 15th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-chesterfield-tickets-47988335403

Heanor, Wednesday 24th October: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-heanor-tickets-47988382544

 

For enquiries or more information please email training@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 880 0281

 

 

Can you help?

On the 10th of September 2018 we are hosting a photography exhibition to mark #WorldSuicidePreventionDay.

The exhibition is of people who have been touched by suicide in some way, either through their own battle of lived experience, supporting someone they love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide.

We are searching for printers to support with the printing of the photographs.

As you know we are a not for profit organization and the therapy we provide is free, all the money we raise provides support to our clients which is why we are seeking support from the community in this.

Can you help us? Or do you know someone who could?

We are looking to print 10 – 15 images for the exhibit.

If so, please call 01158800280 or email info@harmless.org.uk

 

Thank you,

 

The Harmless and TP team

Shopping online and saving lives

Do you shop Online?

If you shop online you could help us raise money for our life saving cause, at no extra cost to you!

We are part of easy fundraising who work with over 2000 retailers, who have all agreed to pass a donation to your chosen cause when you shop with them. The donation is usually a percentage of how much you spend with them but it can also be a set amount, such as £30 for a new car insurance policy from Aviva.

Other retailers include Amazon, M&S, Boden, John Lewis, Argos and 2000 other well-known names.

How do you join?

Firstly register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk  and choose to support Harmless. It’s free to register and there are no costs at all throughout!

To raise money, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log into easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You’ll then be taken to the retailer’s website where you shop as you would normally. But because you visited easyfundraising first, your cause gets a donation. It really is that simple.

No catch. Whatever you buy costs exactly the same as it would if you visited the retailer site directly.

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/blog/how-does-easyfundraising-work-a-guide-for-shoppers/

Our cause page: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/harmless/

Shop online and help us save lives at the same time!! #Lifesaver

580 miles to save lives

The amazing Jo will be trekking 580 miles in support of our life saving service. Training for this challenge has begun with a 10 mile trek through through Snowdonia and climbing to the top of Moel Siabod.

The 580 mile challenge will be across Camino de Santiago where approx 20,000 pilgrims hike the Camino each year, all for their own reasons. Many searching for answers, wanting to find themselves or for the challenge.

“Its my 40th Birthday on September 29th. To celebrate this turn of a decade, I’m hiking 580 miles starting from Biarritz to Santiago de Compostela. I will continue past this famous city and hike the final 80 miles to the coast.

Pilgrims have been walking these routes for thousands of years all for different reasons; to form a spiritual path, for spiritual growth and increasing in popularity for the challenge of the hike.

After reflecting on the last decade and being aware of how far I’ve come with my own mental health struggles in life, I knew I wanted to do this hike not only to celebrate the transition into my forties, but more so for a higher reason and to utilise this amazing opportunity I have to raise awareness about mental health. The charity and the cause id like to support along ‘the way’ is a wonderful charity based in the East Midlands called Harmless. www.harmless.org.uk

They do incredible work towards self harm and suicide prevention. I attended a workshop ran by Harmless and resonated so much with the content, especially as several of the young people I was coaching at the time were struggling with self harm and suicide ideation. The knowledge and experience share by the trainer was invaluable to the way I adapted my coaching style and gave me the confidence to work with these sensitive issues.

Id love to see more charities, organisations, schools have access to this training and information and help breakdown the stigma and shame associated with suffering from mental health issues and the feeling of not being able to ask for help, or more so, not knowing where to get access to help.

I hope by sharing my journey of not only the Camino but also snippets of my own personal journey that this will raise awareness and perhaps give others hope.

Jo 🌸🌏🏞”

If you’d like to donate please click here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/jo-elcamino580milehike/