New years eve is an interesting time of year…

New Years Eve is an interesting time of year…

New Years Eve is an interesting time of year. For some it is the opportunity to see in a new year, with hope and positivity; looking towards the future and all the plans that might unfold for the twelve months ahead. For others it is just a day to be with family and friends and to raise a glass together, enjoy good company and countdown to midnight as merely a passing of time where tomorrow we have to remember that we are in a new year.

For some, the turning of the New Year is a difficult and painful time. Where some look to the future with hope, others find the New Year a time to reflect on how unhappy they have been in the past year or beyond. Hopelessness may seep into their world and they may feel as though nothing is ever going to change. Many people that Harmless and The Tomorrow Project have worked with, describe the New Year period as a time to reflect and for those that have had a really tough time, that period of reflection may lead them down a dark path. There is nothing worse than looking to the future and feeling as though there is no point anymore.

Hopelessness can be crippling. It can make even the strongest person feel depressed and alone, but worse than that, it can truly make you question whether life is worth living. It is. It can get better. But at the times when hopelessness is rife it is important to look after ourselves and the ones that we love who might be feeling this way.

New Year is typically one of those times. We encourage each and every one of you to keep an eye on those friends who seem a little distant, who may be isolated or seem withdrawn or unhappy. Although many of us find ways of protecting others from our feelings when we are feeling low, it is so important to share the burden of struggle, if there is one.

This New Year, let’s each vow to look out for the ones that we love and try to make 2019 a safe and happy year. If you are someone that is struggling right now and you can identify with any of these words, reach out. Tell someone how you are feeling. Seek support. Next year might just be a turning point with the right help.

Try not to drink too much, stay with or close to people you know well and trust and try not to isolate yourself and let’s help you take the safe first steps into the New Year.

If you are in crisis and need some support right now please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or contact emergency services on 999.

If you would like support from ourselves, we welcome you to email us and we will get in touch in the New Year – info@harmless.org.uk

The Harmless and TP team x

From Harm to Hope

From Harm to Hope
 
Theme – Apathy: The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women.
 
Friday 28th February 2020
 
£100 per delegate place
 
(£90 Early bird rate end on 30th November, tickets will be £100 thereafter. Tickets must be booked and paid for to qualify for the Early Bird rate)
 
As a third sector organisation, we appreciate the barriers that many professionals face when accessing CPD opportunities. We are proud to offer reduced ticket prices to ensure those who support people bereaved by suicide can improve their skills and knowledge in a more affordable way. Some things are more important than just making money.
 
Conference details:
 
The theme of our conference is Apathy: The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women.
 
The theme of this conference in response to the shocking rise in female suicides. Rates for females’ ages 10-24 has seen the most significant increase with deaths at 3.3 per 100,000 females in the UK.
 
Research is telling us that whilst men are the most at risk group to die by suicide, the rate of deaths by women are increasing at shocking rate, and Harmless in response have themed our conference around this.
 
Join us to explore: Apathy, The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women. With presentations and workshops around trauma, personality disorder, self harm, domestic abuse and eating disorders we hope the day will respond time the needs of women, firmly and positively.
 
This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and suicide prevention and practitioners & academics within the field 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
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 and suicide prevention.
 
Confirmed Sessions:
 
Perinatal Mental Health
 
Trauma
 
Personality Disorder
 
Menopause
 
Domestic Abuse
 
Eating Disorders
 
Autism
 
Venue:
The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre at Nottingham Trent University.
 
Where can I find more information?
 
If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk
 
Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 880 0280
 

Stay safe this New Years Eve

With New Years Eve on the horizon it’s important to keep talking. It can be a difficult time for lots of people, some who are saying goodbye to a painful year, some who are not looking forwards to the future in quite he way they would hope. Keep an eye on those people with whom you share your world and offer them a kind word if they don’t appear to be celebrating the new year in style.

Remember that it’s ok to ask for help of you need it, and stay safe everyone.

Wishing you all the best for the New Year and we are here if you need anything.

If you are in crisis and need some support right now please call the Samaritans on 116 123 or contact emergency services on 999.

If you would like support from ourselves, we welcome you to email us and we will get in touch in the New Year – info@harmless.org.uk

The Harmless and TP team x

Whos up for some FREE training?

Derbyshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver half day Mental Health Awareness training sessions for staff and volunteers from a broad range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working within Derbyshire county (excluding city).
 
Please note that you must work with people in Derbyshire county in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session.
 
 
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 in order to support interaction
Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)
 
17/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Chesterfield Venue Address: St. John’s Church Walton Back Lane Walton Chesterfield S42 7LT
 
23/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Erewash Venue Address: Risley Village Hall 5 Derby Road Risley Derbyshire DE72 3SY
 
30/01/20 – Mental Health Awareness 13:00-17:00
 
Location: Derbyshire Dales Venue Address: Tansley Community Hall Church Street Tansley DE4 5FE
 
If you would like further details, or are interested in attending, please contact the Harmless training team:
 
training@harmless.org.uk
 
https://mailchi.mp/5cd8d25a92ef/httpswwweventbritecoukefree-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-winter-201920-tickets-81925684929?fbclid=IwAR2Lub9edjN0SU5tya4uyI7KsMtd5pwyyarEe7gUrfhhrcDv6p8BviQ4ymo

New training dates

Derbyshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver half day Mental Health Awareness training sessions for staff and volunteers from a broad range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working within Derbyshire county (excluding city).
 
Please note that you must work with people in Derbyshire county in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session.
 
 
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 in order to support interaction
Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)
 
17/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Chesterfield Venue Address: St. John’s Church Walton Back Lane Walton Chesterfield S42 7LT
 
23/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Erewash Venue Address: Risley Village Hall 5 Derby Road Risley Derbyshire DE72 3SY
 
30/01/20 – Mental Health Awareness 13:00-17:00
 
Location: Derbyshire Dales Venue Address: Tansley Community Hall Church Street Tansley DE4 5FE
 
If you would like further details, or are interested in attending, please contact the Harmless training team:
 
training@harmless.org.uk
 
https://mailchi.mp/5cd8d25a92ef/httpswwweventbritecoukefree-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-winter-201920-tickets-81925684929?fbclid=IwAR2Lub9edjN0SU5tya4uyI7KsMtd5pwyyarEe7gUrfhhrcDv6p8BviQ4ymo

Merry Christmas from Harmless and The Tomorrow Project

On behalf of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team, we hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas.

As we said yesterday, Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone. While some of us are celebrating with our families, others are suffering, often in silence. People can feel isolated at this time of year, alone, or because this time of year is a time of reflection, can feel mournful and sad. It’s important to notice people around you and how they’re feeling. Often it’s not the grand gestures that can make a difference to how someone is feeling but the simple things- a phone call or text, a hug and a chat.

If you need immediate support please contact one of the services below:

If you need urgent help, we encourage you to contact one of the services below:

  • Samaritans on 116 123 (Listening support available 24/7, for all ages)
  • SaneLine 0300 304 7000 (Out of hours support service for those aged 16 and over, available 4.30pm until 10.30pm)
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text SHOUT to 85258. (The service is available to all ages, available 24/7)
  • Childline at www.childline.org.uk (Phone, webchat, or email service for those aged 18 years old and under, available 24/7)
  • Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 (For young people under the age of 35, open 10am – 10pm weekdays; 2pm – 10pm weekends; 2pm – 10pm bank holidays)
  • If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, please contact NHS 111 (Available to all ages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Call 999 for emergency services

Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone…

Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone. While some of us are celebrating with our families, others are suffering, often in silence. People can feel isolated at this time of year, alone, or because this time of year is a time of reflection, can feel mournful and sad. It’s important to notice people around you and how they’re feeling. Often it’s not the grand gestures that can make a difference to how someone is feeling but the simple things- a phone call or text, a hug and a chat.

Often people don’t know what to do when faced with someone who is struggling, but it’s simple, just be for there for them. Notice they’re feelings and don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing, but most of all just make sure you make time for them.

Christmas can be especially hard for those with emotional health difficulties, people who have experienced huge loss in their life, or who self harm. These things can improve with time with the right help and support.

Never lose hope, and hoping everyone makes it through this time of year safe and well.

From Harm to Hope

From Harm to Hope
 
Theme – Apathy: The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women.
 
Friday 28th February 2020
 
£100 per delegate place
 
(£90 Early bird rate end on 30th November, tickets will be £100 thereafter. Tickets must be booked and paid for to qualify for the Early Bird rate)
 
As a third sector organisation, we appreciate the barriers that many professionals face when accessing CPD opportunities. We are proud to offer reduced ticket prices to ensure those who support people bereaved by suicide can improve their skills and knowledge in a more affordable way. Some things are more important than just making money.
 
Conference details:
 
The theme of our conference is Apathy: The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women.
 
The theme of this conference in response to the shocking rise in female suicides. Rates for females’ ages 10-24 has seen the most significant increase with deaths at 3.3 per 100,000 females in the UK.
 
Research is telling us that whilst men are the most at risk group to die by suicide, the rate of deaths by women are increasing at shocking rate, and Harmless in response have themed our conference around this.
 
Join us to explore: Apathy, The growing need for us to listen to our ‘hysterical’ women. With presentations and workshops around trauma, personality disorder, self harm, domestic abuse and eating disorders we hope the day will respond time the needs of women, firmly and positively.
 
This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and suicide prevention and practitioners & academics within the field 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
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 and suicide prevention.
 
Confirmed Sessions:
 
Perinatal Mental Health
 
Trauma
 
Personality Disorder
 
Menopause
 
Domestic Abuse
 
Eating Disorders
 
Autism
 
Venue:
The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre at Nottingham Trent University.
 
Where can I find more information?
 
If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk
 
Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 880 0280
 

Coping at Christmas

We know that facing Christmas alone, or whilst grieving, can be a daunting prospect. One of the things that can help can be to spend some time trying to work out, well in advance, which arrangements will best suit your needs and the needs of others who share your loss.

Whether to celebrate

Some bereaved people find that they do not wish to celebrate Christmas at all, whilst some find that simply maintaining their routine and celebrating as normal is the best tribute they can pay their loved one. It may feel important to make a special effort to remember the person who has died. This can be as simple as ‘speaking’ to the person, silently or out loud, or it may involve visiting their grave, or a place that was special to them. These can be things that we do alone, or with friends or family. You may have photos or particular memories which you treasure; sharing these with others may be something that brings you together.

Different ways of mourning

We know that people remember and mourn in different ways. Conflict within a family can sometimes arise when we have expectations of how others should grieve, so try to be sensitive to others’ needs, and to talk openly about what will be best for you.

Routine and self-care

The Christmas period may mean that your normal routine is disrupted, and this can make it easier to forget to look after yourself. Trying to keep to regular patterns of sleeping and eating are small things that can make a difference. We can all drink more on festive occasions, but it’s important to remember that using alcohol to escape the pain of loss provides only very temporary relief. Seeing friends or family, or volunteering for the day, can all help.

Memories of time passed

As time passes, special occasions like Christmas can help us to begin to focus on happier memories of good times shared in the past. However they can also be difficult, intensely emotional times when we need to look after ourselves and those around us.

https://www.cruse.org.uk/get-help/about-grief/anniversaries-and-reminders-when-you-are-bereaved/coping-at-christmas

New training dates

Derbyshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver half day Mental Health Awareness training sessions for staff and volunteers from a broad range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working within Derbyshire county (excluding city).
 
Please note that you must work with people in Derbyshire county in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session.
 
 
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 in order to support interaction
Resources and services available both nationally and locally (Derbyshire)
 
17/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Chesterfield Venue Address: St. John’s Church Walton Back Lane Walton Chesterfield S42 7LT
 
23/01/20 Mental Health Awareness 09:00-13:00
 
Location: Erewash Venue Address: Risley Village Hall 5 Derby Road Risley Derbyshire DE72 3SY
 
30/01/20 – Mental Health Awareness 13:00-17:00
 
Location: Derbyshire Dales Venue Address: Tansley Community Hall Church Street Tansley DE4 5FE
 
If you would like further details, or are interested in attending, please contact the Harmless training team:
 
training@harmless.org.uk
 
https://mailchi.mp/5cd8d25a92ef/httpswwweventbritecoukefree-derbyshire-county-mental-health-awareness-training-winter-201920-tickets-81925684929?fbclid=IwAR2Lub9edjN0SU5tya4uyI7KsMtd5pwyyarEe7gUrfhhrcDv6p8BviQ4ymo