Can you help?

We are in desperate need of lockable filing cabinets for our service.

With our growing service and all the money we raise or receive going directly to therapeutic support, we are unable to find the funds to buy the cabinets, so we are asking you all for help.

The cabinets will be used by the team at our Harmless offices.

Are you able to help us?

Please give us a call at 0115 880 0280 or email info@harmless.org.uk if you can help.

Thank you

Harmless’ 12th Anniversary Celebration Event

Saturday 5th October 2019

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be 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.

The Venue:
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

The Date:
Saturday 5th October 2019

The Cost:
£40.00 per head
Or a table of 10 for £350 (£35 per head)

The Event:
Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games & live music

Dress Code:
Smart

The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!

Click here to buy tickets

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2019

Well-being of students starts to decline from the moment they enter secondary school

Across the world, schools are introducing programmes aimed at enhancing the well-being of students and helping them flourish. Such programmes aim to teach students how to cultivate positive emotions and relationships, find meaning and feel a sense of achievement in their work – as well as look after their physical and mental health.

But despite this progress, recent research conducted in the Republic of Ireland has found that the well-being of students steadily declines as they progress through secondary school, up to their final exams. And the decline is sharper for girls than for boys.

For the research, my colleague and I surveyed nearly 3,000 students, aged between 12 and 19. We divided them into three groups. Junior years were aged 12 to 13, and had just started secondary education. Middle years (14- to 16-year-olds) were either well-established in secondary school, or opting for a transition year (a non-compulsory programme where students take time out from academic aspects of their education and focus on work experience or community service activities). Senior years (17- to 19-year-olds) were busy preparing for their final school examinations – the gateway to studying at university.

Traditionally, students’ well-being has been evaluated by measuring a lack of mental health problems like depression or anxiety. But more recent research has shown that having higher levels of well-being can help people cope better with adversities – so for our study, we sought to measure levels of well-being, as well as mental health issues.

Our results indicated a small but steady decrease in well-being from junior, through to the middle and senior groups. Perhaps predictably, we also found age-related increases in measures of negative emotions and loneliness. In comparison to boys, girls reported lower levels of well-being across the board, and higher levels of negative emotions and loneliness.

Cause and effect

We can only speculate about the reasons for this decline in well-being. Previous studies have shown that bullying and cyberbullying is thriving in secondary schools – this could be one factor.

Hormonal changes during puberty also play a significant role in the way teenagers experience stress, and ongoing brain development affects their behaviour. This could certainly have contributed to the lower well-being scores among the middle and senior years.

And, of course, exam stress during the middle and final years can also have a very negative effect on the mental and physical health of secondary school students.

Coping with stress

There are some tried and tested ways to help control stress. According to some researchers, spending time with dogs reduces how stressed students feel during their exams. Evidence also suggests that progressive muscle relaxation – where a person contracts certain muscles then progressively releases them to achieve a state of peace – has a positive effect on anxiety levels (though this research was carried out with university students).

But our study also found that the biggest predictor of lower levels of well-being was when students did not regularly use their greatest strengths of character. Strengths of character can be measured using a survey like this one by VIA. The survey identifies teenagers’ top strengths that they can use during their daily lives.

But just because someone’s top strengths might be honesty, prudence and perseverance, does not mean that they use these strengths frequently. Those who scored the highest for using their strengths daily, also had the highest scores on their levels of well-being. Therefore, using character strengths every day could help secondary school pupils to maintain higher levels of well-being.

Our results suggest that parents and educators could help school students boost their levels of well-being by encouraging young people to identify what strengths they have, and use them. When asked, one in three adults are unable to name their own strengths – so this could well be the same among school students. Showing students how they can apply their strengths may be a great help to them, especially when it comes to assessment and exam preparation.

Clearly, there is a need for parents and educators to do something, rather than allowing students’ levels of well-being to deteriorate as they progress through secondary school. This change will only happen if we make it.

https://theconversation.com/well-being-of-students-starts-to-decline-from-the-moment-they-enter-secondary-school-119260?fbclid=IwAR1GYpChhH27K0vbNTkwVplU-D6rWGZ_DVTeHeSyJTa0LbmmGmfoN6I1oiE

Harmless’ 12th Anniversary Celebration Event

Saturday 5th October 2019

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be 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.

The Venue:
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

The Date:
Saturday 5th October 2019

The Cost:
£40.00 per head
Or a table of 10 for £350 (£35 per head)

The Event:
Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games & live music

Dress Code:
Smart

The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!

Click here to buy tickets

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2019

FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training

Here are the latest dates for FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training.

Delegates can book a place, and find more information via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

Booking Information

 Individuals can only book on one course, so are encouraged to book on to the most appropriate module. If organisations would like to book more than one place (e.g. for a colleague), then please contact us directly on (0115) 880 0281.

Module One (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For members of the community, or a volunteers who are involved in a community scheme or activity about mental health or suicide prevention for adults (18+).

Module Two (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with low level mental health support needs, those with undiagnosed mental health conditions, or those with low mood or worry. 

Module Three (Mental Health Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with medium level mental health support needs and/or who may have one or more coexisting conditions.

Module Four (Suicide Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) vulnerable to suicide risk

Please note: Modules have been tailored around those who you support. Front line workers are kindly asked to choose the module that best describes your client group, and not your personal knowledge or training experience level.

If you have any queries over eligibility or which course is right for you, please contact the Harmless Let’s Talk Training Team.

Training office: (0115) 880 0281

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

 

Have you got your #lifesaving raffle tickets?

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

The draw will take place during the Harmless Celebration Event on October 5th 2019 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place.

Click the link here to purchase your tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2019

Tickets for the event are available via this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=91

Terms and conditions of raffle available on request

 You must be 16 or over to buy a raffle ticket.

Be a life saver!

Did you know that you can easily give a monthly donation to our suicide prevention work?
 
Many people want to support our work but aren’t sure how to. Why not sign up to a small monthly donation and we will use the money to help people who need support and can’t get any elsewhere.
 
£5 a month would fund help to two crisis sessions across the year
 
£10 a month means 5 people would get help that wouldn’t have without your support
 
It doesn’t cost much to save a life- can you help us?
 
You can set up a monthly donation via this link here: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training

Here are the latest dates for FREE Nottinghamshire mental health and suicide intervention training.

Delegates can book a place, and find more information via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

Booking Information

 Individuals can only book on one course, so are encouraged to book on to the most appropriate module. If organisations would like to book more than one place (e.g. for a colleague), then please contact us directly on (0115) 880 0281.

Module One (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For members of the community, or a volunteers who are involved in a community scheme or activity about mental health or suicide prevention for adults (18+).

Module Two (Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with low level mental health support needs, those with undiagnosed mental health conditions, or those with low mood or worry. 

Module Three (Mental Health Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) with medium level mental health support needs and/or who may have one or more coexisting conditions.

Module Four (Suicide Intervention Training): For third sector frontline staff working with Adults (18+) vulnerable to suicide risk

Please note: Modules have been tailored around those who you support. Front line workers are kindly asked to choose the module that best describes your client group, and not your personal knowledge or training experience level.

If you have any queries over eligibility or which course is right for you, please contact the Harmless Let’s Talk Training Team.

Training office: (0115) 880 0281

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

 

Have you got your #lifesaving raffle tickets?

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.
 
The draw will take place during the Harmless Celebration Event on October 5th 2019 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place.
 
Click the link here to purchase your tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2019
 
Tickets for the event are available via this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=91
 

Terms and conditions of raffle available on request

 You must be 16 or over to buy a raffle ticket.

Have you got your #lifesaving raffle tickets?

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.
 
The draw will take place during the Harmless Celebration Event on October 5th 2019 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place.
 
Click the link here to purchase your tickets: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2019
 
Tickets for the event are available via this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=91
 

Terms and conditions of raffle available on request

 You must be 16 or over to buy a raffle ticket.