Tonight’s the night

This evening we are coming together, old friends and new, to celebrate our life-saving work. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome you!

We will be speaking about our work, celebrating our triumphs, and raising vital funds so we can keep driving change in the fields of self harm and suicide prevention.

We will also be celebrating an amazing 11 years of saving lives! We are so proud and honoured to celebrate this alongside our supporters – we couldn’t do it without you.

See you this evening in raising a glass to our life saving service; you’re all a part of it!

Suicide leaves a legacy of suicide.

We know that when one person dies by suicide the chance of another known to them taking their own life becomes significantly heightened.

The pain people feel is often complicated when we lose someone we love to suicide; it can be masked with laughter and smiles and a big heart. We hear these things all of the time: ‘we didn’t see this coming… he was the life and soul of the party… they always had time for everyone else’s problems’.

The Tomorrow Project was established to reach out to a community (and now much further afield) after suicide and we are still here. After learning of the tragic loss of another of East Leake’s friends we would like to extend our condolences and offer anyone impacted the opportunity to chat, or reach out to us.

We will be hosting a number of drop in services in the village which will take place tomorrow (Thursday 27/09/18) 10:30am – 12pm in our East Leake office on Station Road (beside St Mary’s Church). Here, you can talk to our staff about any difficulties you are having around being impacted by a death by suicide.

We will be at The Three Horseshoes on this same day, Thursday 27/09/18 at 13:00 where we will be able to talk to anyone about any difficulties you are having around being impacted by a death by suicide.

If anyone wants to make contact with us direct we can set up time to meet up with you. You can contact us on Facebook, via email on bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk, or via telephone on 0115 880 0280. We can then arrange to meet with you, potentially in our East Leake office, at a time that’s best for you.

Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our Clinical Team in Leicestershire?

We are currently recruiting for Specialist Therapists, on a part time basis, to join the Harmless team. These roles will be based predominantly in Leicestershire and East Leake.

 

Please click here to download the application pack for this role.

 

This role is particularly well suited to someone early in their career looking for a long term opportunity to develop as a specialist therapist.

Please note: These positions will be primarily based in East Leake (Nottinghamshire), with work to also be delivered in Leicester City and across Leicestershire. Driving will be a necessary part of the 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 this position to admin@harmless.org.uk.

 

JOB TITLE: Specialist Therapist (Leicestershire)

HOURS: Part time positions available

SALARY: Up to £23,250 per annum, pro rata (Depending on experience)

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

In the News: Targets missed for child mental health care services

A third of children referred to mental health services in Scotland are not being seen within the 18-week target.

The performance statistics are the poorest since the government said four years ago that 90% of children should be seen within that time.

They also indicate an increase in the number of children accessing child and adolescent mental health services.

Minister for mental health, Clare Haughey said the figures were “completely unacceptable”.

The latest statistics were released just weeks after a task force was announced to tackle the issue.

Further measures were announced by first minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of the Scottish government’s legislative programme.

She said an extra £250m funding for mental health services would include £60m for school nursing and counselling services.

An additional 80 counsellors will be funded to work across further and higher education, she said.

The official figures reveal that only 67.8% of the 4,664 children and young people who started their treatment between April and June did so within the target time.

That compares with 71.1% in the previous quarter and 80.7% for the same quarter in 2017.

It is the worst performance since the target was set in 2014.

The number of children accessing services is up from the previous quarter (3,995) and from the quarter ending June 2017 (4,092).

Only three health boards met the government target to see 90% of children within 18 weeks – NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Shetland and NHS Western Isles.

In NHS Tayside, only 34.4% of people were seen within the target time, while Forth Valley and Grampian failed to achieve 50%.

Lib Dem health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “These statistics are horrendous and heartbreaking.”

‘Getting worse’

Scottish Labour’s health spokesman Anas Sarwar said: “To have nearly a third of young people waiting longer than 18-weeks for vital mental health treatment is a scandal – and, despite all the warm words from the SNP, this problem is actually getting worse.”

The Scottish Conservatives’ mental health spokeswoman Annie Wells described the level of care as “shocking”, and said “unacceptably long waits could be causing untold damage to extremely vulnerable people”.

Separate statistics show 76.3% of patients waiting for psychological therapies were seen within 18 weeks between April and June – down slightly from 78.4% in the previous quarter.

Ms Haughey said mental health services would be addressed in the first minister’s legislative programme for 2018/19, announced on Tuesday.

A new taskforce set up in June is working to reshape and improve Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs).

Ms Haughey said: “Demand for services is increasing as people become more aware of mental health issues and seek support, and this is a welcome step.

“But too many children and young people are experiencing waits that are too long, and this is completely unacceptable.”

She said the Scottish government was supporting health boards with £150m of extra funding over five years, including £54m to help improve their performance against waiting times targets.

Earlier, Nicola Sturgeon told BBC Scotland: “One of the good things about modern society is that we all feel much more comfortable talking about mental health and mental wellbeing.

‘Stigma’s reducing’

“When I was at school nobody talked about that – the stigma’s reducing.

“But that means more people feel able to come forward for help.

“We’ve got a duty to make sure that help is available where it’s most appropriate.

“And we need to make sure that there’s more support in communities, including in schools, for good mental wellbeing.”

Link to full blog: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45405289

Suicide impacts us all and is #everyonesbusiness

The Tomorrow Project are today showcasing our photography project for World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Photography Project is a visual story that makes the issue of suicide an accessible one across communities. The exhibition helps to promote a dialogue to give people with lived experience a voice and to give testimony to overcoming difficulties and reach out to people who might need  help. Harmless and The Tomorrow Project  want to convey a message of help.

We would like to thank BBC radio Nottingham and also Hannah for taking part in their piece with Val to share their transformative therapeutic relationship and journey of recovery.

Please join us today at Rough Trade on Broad Street in Nottingham for our photography showcase from 1pm to 6pm