Harmless Lockdown creations

During the lockdown, many of us turned to baking banana bread and zoom quizzes. Here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, our CEO, Caroline turned to something a little more creative.

Caroline has been working to create a range of clothing (the softest jumpers ever!) with messages of hope on. Here are some photos of our teams showing them off!

Caroline, our CEO, showing off her creations
Katie, our crisis service manager, keeping warm in the office
Ash, our eLearning service manager, shows us that hope wins

These will be available to purchase soon so watch this space…

Suicide crisis text service open

With an estimated 1 in 20 people contemplating suicide every year, thoughts of suicide occur more often then we might like to believe. Suicide attempts are at least 40 times more common than deaths by suicide, and services are struggling to meet the need well or to be in the right place at the right time. With 1 in 6 individuals experiencing a common mental health condition in the last week, and that rising to 1 in 4 over a life time, never before has it been so critical that we respond to this need.

At the Tomorrow Project, we already provide 1-1 emotional and practical support to people who are in suicide crisis in Nottinghamshire. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a 200% increase in referrals to our services, and we have continued to provide telephone, Zoom, and when necessary face-to-face support for people of all ages in suicide crisis.

But we know that sometimes it’s too hard to speak over the phone. This is why we have created this suicide crisis text service, so we can listen and support you when talking is too hard.

The text number is 0780 000 2606 📱

Adults can start the conversation by texting the word ‘HOPE’, and children can start the conversation by texting the word ‘LISTEN’. 

Our opening hours are:

  • Mondays 13:00-16:00
  • Wednesdays 15:00-19:00
  • Fridays 13:00-15:00

We will believe things can get better for you until you can too. Help is only a text away.

Recruiting Position title: Research internship

Voluntary and Part Time

Details:

We have a number of opportunities.

The successful applicant will work with our team to explore the data we hold and ensure that this is analysed to the best standard and to look at the broader context of Suicide prevention.

We have various projects to include

clinical impact evaluation,

literature review,

training course development,

Clinical exploration of data sets

Location:Nottingham

We will give the intern/s access to all the valuable experiences of working in a mental health services and the experience of working with an education team to design and develop courses; having access to all existing mental health courses as part of the offer.

Application procedures:
Please apply by letter and cv to caroline@harmless.org.uk with details of why you are interested, how long you can intern and what your availability is. Whilst these opportunities are temporary we welcome applications from those who are interested in a long term involvement with our service.

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

Harmless are pleased to offer this 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 a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer to join our team.

There is no set deadline for the Suicide Bereavement Support Officer role and we will  be interviewing periodically. Once this position has been filled we will no longer be accepting applications, therefore applying early is advised.

JOB TITLE: 
Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

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

SALARY: 
Up to £21,819 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)

Please note: Work as part of this role will take place across Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire, therefore driving will be a necessary part of the role applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.

If you have any questions regarding these roles or the application process, please contact us:

Phone: 0115 880 0280
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk

World Mental Health Day: The Five Ways to Wellbeing

Saturday 10th October 2020 saw this year’s World Mental Health Day. The Theme? Mental Health For All.

In our Harmless Let’s Talk Training sessions, we often mention the Five Ways to Wellbeing – a well-researched framework for keeping up good mental health. Created by the New Economics Foundation, it gives us an idea of five important areas that we can all practice ‘topping up’ in order to have good mental health and wellbeing.

We have made some lovely short videos for you to explore, with us, the Five Ways. Think of them as an ‘Emotional Five a Day’ – I know I do!

As ever, take care of yourselves. Although the 10th October has now passed, let’s make sure we’re continuing to work together every single day of the year to build good Mental Health For All.

  1. Connect

2. Learn

3. Take Notice

4. Give

5. Be Active

~ Claire Dixon (Training Service Manager (Sales) and Specialist Trainer)

Suicide Crisis Text Service Opening Monday!

Today is World Mental Health Day, and we are so thrilled to announce today that our new suicide crisis text service is opening on Monday 12th October! 📱

With an estimated 1 in 20 people contemplating suicide every year, Harmless and the Tomorrow Project already provide local 1-1 emotional and practical support in Nottingham. Our clients have told us that it can be difficult to pick up the phone and say out loud that they need some help, so we have listened to this and have created a dedicated text service for support in-between sessions.

Over the COVID-19 pandemic, the referrals into our services have increased by 200%. The pandemic has exacerbated known risk factors of suicide, such as isolation or loss of employment, so we know that this is a critical time for suicide prevention. We have continued to support our clients throughout the pandemic, however, we have chosen to extend our services at this time in response to this increased need.

This text service is open to all of our active clients on our suicide crisis pathway. If this is you, your support officer will provide you with the phone number.

Our current opening hours will be:

  • Mondays 1pm-4pm
  • Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
  • Fridays 1pm-4pm

 If you are in suicide crisis and are in Nottingham/shire, please know that the Tomorrow Project is here for you.

You can refer yourself by leaving a message on our referral line (0115 880 0282), or sending an email to crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk. We will get back to you within 1 working day, and are still providing support despite COVID-19.


We will believe things can get better for you, until you can too.

It’s world mental health day; ponderings from a CEO

It’s a day where we are all encouraged to give a little more thought to mental health.

Whether that be thinking about our own needs and struggles, or that of others, or spending a moment to think more broadly about the impact of mental health and wellness.

For me, it’s all of those. It’s no secret that I have had huge struggles with my own mental health, both past and present.

It feels so vitally important that people like myself, who are in a position of leadership, don’t fall foul of purveying a misconception about mental health and wellness; that somehow to be in a position of authority or professional responsibility that comes with the absence of struggle. This is not the case. Not at all.

I have recurrent struggles with my own mental health, with my sense of value and perfectionism and my mood. In many ways, my insight and experiences make me more committed to providing safe and compassionate services that allow those we help, to heal.

We have to continue to demystify mental health. To struggle with health of any kind is a normal part of being a human. Mental health, just like physical health, can take a bruising at times and at those times it is so important to get the right support.

I’m so tired of the catch phrase ‘it’s ok to not be ok’. I get the intention but it’s not really ok to not be ok, is it? It’s actually pretty rubbish to not feel ok.

Also, there’s so much emphasis placed on help-seeking. If you’re struggling ‘reach out’; ‘ask for help’ but when things in life are tough it can feel so difficult to admit that things are difficult, let alone figure out who to turn to for help and then have the courage to ask for that help.

So let’s shift the burden and the narrative. Let’s let people who are struggling know that it’s not just up to them to seek help but that we will notice; we will pay attention to your struggle and we will do our best to ‘reach in’.

If you’re struggling, it’s not just up to you to find help for you; it’s up to us to reach into your struggle and offer you the support you might need.

You are not alone.

This mental health day, let’s do a little bit of reaching in.

Adults – how a pandemic can change everything

Stress, anxiety and depression are more common than you might think, and lockdown has made everything more challenging. 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year. Adding a pandemic into the mix may have tipped the emotional balance for some of us.

People are feeling more isolated, lonely, anxious, and disconnected from the world. You may have been bereaved through coronavirus or know someone who has. Employment has been impacted, with lots of us now working from home. We might not have any prior experience of mental ill health but now find ourselves struggling to relax, sleep, switch off. Without someone to connect with, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy ways of coping.

If you are finding things challenging, there are a few simple things you could do.

Top tips:

  1. Do some self-care – anything you enjoy to decompress (which, by the way, is not selfish)
  2. Rest and nutrition – don’t forget how connected our physical health is to mental health
  3. Talk to someone if you are struggling
  4. Not sure where to start? Think about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guide from the New Economics Foundation (a bit like your emotional Five a Day):

The stigma around mental health is very real. It can be challenging to identify a difficulty developing and even harder to talk to someone about it.

At Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we support people impacted by self harm and suicide – two areas that people can find especially difficult to talk. If you are struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Where to get help and support

NHS Every Mind Matters site https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

HopeLine 0800 068 4141 (9.00-22.00 weekdays, 14.00-22.00 weekends – for those under 35 who are feeling suicidal)

Samaritans Call 116 123, any time

Harmless (for anyone impacted by self harm): info@harmless.org.uk

Tomorrow Project (for those in suicidal crisis, or bereaved by suicide): crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk or bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk

By Claire Dixon, Training Service Manager (Sales) and Specialist Trainer at Harmless

World Mental Health Day

The 10th of October marks world mental health day.

Each year it is an annual opportunity for us all to effect upon mental health and wellness.
This years theme is mental health for all.

At a time where the world is reeling from an international pandemic and distress has been high; it’s time where we all consider what we can do to help ourselves and others to stay well.

At Harmless we are committed to creating dialogue, help and change and as such we’ve created some digital assets for broad circulation and use.


Please take a few seconds to watch this brief clip and please help us by circulating as broadly as you’re able.


https://youtu.be/Mc6nBZ5IUZg

Children & Young People’s Mental Health: Life in a Pandemic

Since March 2020, the world has turned upside down. We know that the coronavirus pandemic, lockdown and education being on hold have had significant impacts on many young people’s mental health. The children you know may be more anxious, low in mood, frightened of the outside world, concerned about loved ones, and missing their friends. Even though lockdown rules continue to change, what we have been experiencing together is a form of collective trauma.

Some children’s existing mental health needs may have been exacerbated – whether they are sleeping more/less, face challenges with eating/appetite, perhaps becoming angrier or irritable; feeling more fearful or sad. These are understandable reactions. Distress comes out in many ways.

Childline have seen calls during lockdown from under 11s increase 37%, with many children reporting “worries about the world”. According to YoungMinds, 80% of young people agreed that the pandemic has made their mental health worse.

What can we do to help?

We need to offer our young people a safe space to talk about their worries. Take them seriously, without judgement, being patient, validating feelings and reassuring them that things can get better.

If you are a parent/guardian, just be there. Be present. Take time to talk, play, encourage a regular routine, and provide safety and security in whatever ways you can.

If we can support children in the right way during this time, they could turn out far more resilient than we ever realised they could be!

I’ll leave you with this lovely thought from my favourite Illustrator, Katie Abey.

Useful resources for parents/guardians:

YoungMinds https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

Childline Call 0800 1111, any time

Samaritans Call 116 123, any time

Harmless (for anyone impacted by self harm): info@harmless.org.uk

By Claire Dixon, Training Service Manager (Sales) and Specialist Trainer at Harmless