In the news: NHS tells betting firms to stop ‘vicious gambling cycle’

The head of mental health services in England has written to five major gambling companies, demanding urgent action on tackling gambling addiction and its impact on people’s health.

Claire Murdoch said incentives like VIP treatment should be banned to stop the “vicious gambling cycle”.

The industry said it was determined to make gambling safer.

Bets using credit cards are to be banned from 14 April, and the regulator is investigating “bet to view” schemes.

Former gambling addicts have told the BBC they feel they were “groomed” through promotions such as free tickets to football matches – leaving them in a spiral they “could not escape”.

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Revisiting important themes: Understanding trauma

In general, trauma can be defined as a psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. … Everyone processes a traumatic event differently because we all face them through the lens of prior experiences in our lives.

There are three main types of trauma are acute, chronic, or complex.

Acute trauma results from a single incident.

Chronic trauma is repeated and prolonged such as domestic violence or abuse.

Complex trauma is exposure to varied and multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature.

Symptoms of psychological trauma:

Shock, denial, or disbelief.

Confusion, difficulty concentrating.

Anger, irritability, mood swings.

Anxiety and fear.

Guilt, shame, self-blame.

Withdrawing from others.

Feeling sad or hopeless.

Feeling disconnected or numb.

Helping with trauma:

Find out as much as you can about distress, so you can understand something about what to expect.

Allow the person to talk about what happened, even if they become upset.

Don’t insist they need professional help – not everyone who experiences a traumatic event needs therapy.

Upcoming Catch up Cafe dates to be held in East Leake

Harmless & The Tomorrow Project will be running multiple Catch up cafe’s in East Leake over the upcoming months.
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.
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!
Upcoming dates:
For those aged 21 and under:
  • Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday 6th February 2020 – 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 26th March 2020 – 11am to 12pm
For those aged 18 and over:
  • Wednesday 29th January 2020 – 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 21st February 2020 – 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 2:30pm to 3:30pm
These catch up cafes will be held in our East Leake office at: The Tomorrow Project, Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Nottinghamshire, LE12 6LQ.

A big thank you to Lois Fearn for organising a hugely successful fundraising event

A massive thanks you to everyone who attended the Help for Mental Health day last weekend in Burton Joyce and those who bought raffle tickets and the delicious homemade cakes and scones. A phenomenal total of just over £1000 was raised!!

A special thank you to those who performed: The Brace, Ben Mark Smith and Jake Burns.

We are incredibly grateful for all your support.


Some words from Lois:

I’ve wanted to raise money for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project ever since I used their service last year.

I accessed the tomorrow project when I lost my Uncle David to suicide. I met with the lovely Rebecca (Support Officer) every week or so, for emotional support whilst I was dealing with the bereavement. David was the kindest man, he lived with my Nana and Grandad and helped care for him before he passed away. From then he always helped my nana, doing her shopping for her, taking the bins out, making cups of tea for her and for anyone who popped round. To say there’s a huge void with David gone would be an understatement, he was very loved by us and well known around the village for being friendly and polite.

With working in mental health and dealing with my own mental health issues, suicide is something I feel strongly about and is now obviously a sensitive subject. I have experienced people with small minded views who have told me suicide is “selfish”, and I refuse to let my wonderful uncle, and others be associated with that word. They are people, with friends, families, life experience, and are so much more than a stranger’s ignorant opinion.

Ultimately this is why I decided to raise money and awareness, to help people like my uncle, like myself, and to try to educate and inform people who simply don’t understand the complexity of suicide. 

The day was a HUGE success, raising just over £1000, which was double my target so I am over the moon. I really could not have done this without the help and support of others though. Trevor Harris, Diane Smith, The Brace, Jake Burns & Ben Smith. Along with everyone who donated raffle prizes and those who baked cakes for me. Finally, a massive thank you to all my friends, family and my boyfriend Scott and of course the Burton Joyce community – which I am very proud to be from.

Upcoming Catch up Cafe dates to be held in Nottingham

Harmless & The Tomorrow Project will be running multiple Catch up cafe’s in Nottingham over the upcoming months.

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.

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!

Upcoming dates:

For those aged 21 and under:

  • Monday 27th January 2020 – 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 19th February 2020 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm

For those aged 18 and over:

  • Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Friday 14th February 2020 – 1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 13th March 2020 – 12:30pm to 1:30pm

These catch up cafes will be held in our Nottingham City office at: Harmless, 1 Beech Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ.

Celebrating the needs and strengths of women in landmark conference and photographic project.

In 2019 new statistics about suicide were released. The rates of suicide for young women are growing at one of the fastest rates.

As such Harmless have been focusing their work around the above and the unmet needs of women.

Join us as we host a landmark event in the first National Conference on Female Suicide on the 28th February 2020

This year our photographic project is focusing upon the ‘Strength of Women and Womanhood” to raise awareness of female suicide and give attention to the needs and vulnerabilities of women.

Together let’s celebrate humanity and the women in all walks of life.

Join us at their landmark conference in February Book here. The line of speakers is amazing!

And keep your eyes out for details of the photographic exhibition and celebration evening on the 8th of March (currently looking for an event sponsor!).

#women #womenempowerment #womenofstrength #feminism #strength #mentalhealthawareness #empowerment #wellness #wellbeing #recoveryispossible #overcoming #strive #suicideprevention

Look after your team and they’ll look after you, right?

Workplace well-being continues to rise up the public and political agenda, and so it should!

If you have any doubts about why this is so important as an individual organisation and company level then there is work to be done. A staff team, a workforce, is made up of individual humans. Those individuals exist as a human level went outside and inside of the workplace. They have families and friends and partners and children. 

They experience the highs and lows of every day life – don’t we all? And so it is important that if we are to respond as an efficient system i.e. the workplace, it is imperative that we do what we can to look after the humans that work for us.

Having a think about how we can each do something better for workplace well-being and for the well-being of our teams can start very small. It can exist on an individual level where we take the time to know and check in on our colleagues. If we know them then it is likely that we will know if things are not right for them. If we do not know them then this becomes more difficult.

They can be moved to workplace will be in though, and it is important that team leaders and managers and senior leadership teams have the skills that they need to look after and look out for the teams that they employ. Sometimes this might need to be a look at the way in which we operate, undertaking an audit of how the way that we function leaves our staff feeling. Sometimes it might be reviewing a policy and seeing how it upholds staff well-being and the way that we operate in the workplace. Sometimes it might be engaging with training to our workforce or management teams to ensure that they have the skills and awareness to know how to look after their own well-being as well as that of their colleagues around them.

However it is that you and your colleagues are looking to make well-being higher up the priority list in 2020, we would love to be a part of this practice and journey.

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing some of our experiences and expertise in providing healthy spaces for both the clients that we help, our stakeholder partners and ultimately, our workforce. We hope that in giving you these case examples it will help you to reflect on your own practice as an individual or maybe as an organisation.

If you would like to talk to us more about what we can offer in terms of support for your own strategies and organisation then please drop us a line at or call 01158800280 – we offer everything from the outsourcing of psychological support through to training for your workforce.

More than that however what we want to be is to be someone that encourages you that you can do this better, and that in doing so not only will your workplace benefit at a human level the overall system of your organisation will improve and for everybody that becomes positive.

If you look after your people, your people will look after you and for everybody that provides a much more functional and productive system and one that our teams want to remain in 

CEO’s words of honesty picked up by #YesSheCan movement

Earlier this week our CEO wrote candidly about her battle with anorexia.

After a trending in #mentalhealth on LinkedIn the blog brought the attention of talent recruiters for the #YesSheCan movement.

#YesSheCan is a forward-thinking, progressive movement aiming to readdress the gender balance by giving women the platform to chase the job and career of their dreams, alongside supporting businesses to find amazing talent within our community.

Have a look here

Stay humble, folks! What it takes to work for Harmless

People often ask us what it is that we are looking for within our staff team. Obviously we recruit for a high calibre of individuals who demonstrate a range of high skills and qualifications in the particular field. But is that all that interests us at Harmless?

The answer is quite simply, no!

Harmless isn’t your average workplace. It was established by people who have lived experience of mental distress and whilst we are very clearly not a peer support organisation but we are is an organisation that looks for human qualities in the staff team that we employ.

After years and years of recruiting processes it is easy to see the candidates that stand out from the rest and this is not because they tell us how proficient they will be at their roles or that they have tens of years of clinical experience working with a specific group of people.

No, it is in how they reveal their personalities to us when we meet them. It is in the appropriateness of the stories they tell us and it is in the human qualities that we are looking for.

You cannot do work in this area unless you have compassion and compassion in bucketloads. There is more to it than that because our team must be strong, they must be innovative, and above all else they must be humble.

We do not recruit individuals. We recruit team members and so each person we meet is configured into how the team already exists and what the team needs to be next.

If we do not have teams we do not have anything – stay humble, folks!