3 women cycle a combined 75 miles for us all!

Today our clinical manager, Adrienne, her mother and her 11 year old daughter cycled 25 miles each to raise money to keep our services afloat. 
What’s phenomenal, is that an eleven year old girl, her mother and her grandmother did this together to help people they’ll never even meet.
25 miles is a long way and we are so grateful for their hard work on a very warm day.
They’re giving up their Sunday and doing what they’re doing to raise money so that people that they have never met, are given the opportunity for help. 
If your child needs us, today will help us to be there for them. If your friend, brother, mother needs us… we will be there because of three pairs of hardworking legs and a lot of love out there on their bikes. 
Thank you to all three of you. 
Can you give a little to edge them to their total?

https://localgiving.org/fundraising/adriennecycling25mile/

Join our regular donors and become a #lifesaver

Last year we made an appeal for ten new regular donors for Harmless. 
It’s time for me to call on our supporters again and see if we can recruit ten new #lifesavers 
If you or anyone you know have been effected by our work, or believe in what we’re doing then please consider getting behind us and making a one off or monthly donation. 
We fund our work 77% ourselves by fundraising and sales and we don’t want to turn anyone away. People need us. 
Please share. Please support.

https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

Training Offer – discounts for bookings made and paid before July.

Have you thought about having training for your team on self harm, suicide or mental health?
To promote access to our courses we are offering a 10% discount on bookings booked and paid for before July (can be delivered at any other point).

Our specialist training team can deliver:

A 2 day ASIST course

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older-regardless of prior experience-who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
A 2 day MHFA course

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches

you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

Bespoke Specialist Level 4 IAPT Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Training

This course provides an advanced overview of self harm and suicide training specifically aimed for those working within IAPT services

It covers the following;

* Awareness raising

* Policy, Strategy & Contextual issues

* Advanced skills

* Risk assessment & Safety plans

* Brief interventions

* Recovery 

A 1 day intermediate/advanced self harm course

Our general training days provide an opportunity for individuals from abroad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. 

Our training days cover:

* What self harm is, and who it effects

* What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm

* What can be done to support and help people who self harm

* Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace

* Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment

* Managing and assessing risk

A range of bespoke options for the above courses themes.

All of our courses are CPD accredited or externally validated, have service user representation at the heart of the work that we deliver and are clinically applicable.

All finance raised through the delivery of training is used to provide support services nationally for those facing crisis and unable to access help through traditional means. We are a non-profit making organisation and in you buying training through us can be assured of quality, performance and that you are saving lives with your actions. 

If you would like to have a chat with one of the team then give Sophie or

Sarah a ring on 0115 9348445 or email training@harmless.org.uk

We won’t give you the hard sell – what we want to do is enable as many people as possible to have appropriate training to suit their needs, so that ultimately we are all working together to save and improve lives.

This is courage…

When you face your own fears to raise money to help others face theirs, that’s courage. 

On Sunday Leanne jumped out of a plane for a fundraising skydive that will raise money for people who are feeling suicidal. 

She set her target at £400 but has a small amount to go to smash this. £400 will ensure that 16 people in crisis will get the support that they need. 

16 people who are thinking of taking their own life will have access to the help they need to stay alive.  

Please help her get over the finish line. After all, she just jumped out of a plane for us all!  

(Photographic evidence of the terror she faced to do this for us)

https://www.gofundme.com/skydiveforharmless
       

Today is self harm awareness day

Today is self harm awareness day.

For harmless this is a significant date in our annual calendar. 

Self harm awareness day is an opportunity for us to come together to promote dialogue about self harm, about stress and suffering, about psychological needs and about overcoming suicide.

Today we are holding our national conference from harm to hope for the second year running. the conference will bring people together from across the UK to talk about the issue of self harm, of suicide prevention and how we can work together to overcome what can often be very painful difficulties that people face.

I am really excited about the conference program I am really excited that we are today hosting an event attended by local dignitaries and some of the leading voices in the field of self harm who will be sharing with us their perspective, insight and their experiences.

Today is a day to celebrate. It is a day where we can start new conversations. It is a day where we can talk to our peers, to the people that we help and to our colleagues and to start a different conversation – one that hopefully and collectively will save lives

Can you join our fundraisers?

The Tomorrow Project, our local suicide prevention service needs your help. 
We have a target of raising 30k in 90 days. 
Could you undertake a fund raiser? A sponsor? A bake sale? A run? 
All monies will go directly into providing help services for people in distress. We want to ensure that any one, of any age, facing any problem can get the help that they need. Suicide and mental health struggles are far too common and it is so important that we keep providing a high level of help when people need it the most.
Please help us to continue to help the community.
If you think you can help us, and want to get involved, please email me on caroline@harmless.org.uk and you could be helping us to save lives. 

Do you know someone who has died by suicide? 

Did you know that we now have a specialist bereavement service? 

It doesn’t matter whether you lost a partner, a parent, a family member or a friend, if you want to talk it through, have coffee, need support or are facing practical (e.g. financial issues) with regards to your loss- we are here to help. It might also be that you’re a professional that’s witnessed or lost a patient or individual you’ve worked with, and we offer a very safe place to get support.

Our team have personal experience of suicide and are in a position to help. We understand from a very unique perspective, the complexities that people face when they’ve lost someone to suicide. 

So please give us a shout, drop us a line. Message us on Facebook or twitter, or arrange an appointment. 

Bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk

01159348445

And ask to speak to Ashley.

Let’s talk about suicide 

Today I spoke at the public health masterclass in suicide prevention about our beloved Tomorrow Project, that today is four years old. 
Four years since the project was born out of tragedy and loss, and four years since we started changing the face of suicide prevention services locally and driving change nationally. 
Today was an anxiety provoking day for me. I always feel that there are so many things I need to say to do justice to the many people that we see and help and speak to. I feel a responsibility to the grieving families, to have their losses heard and engage with people in a way that they too, want to change things for the better. 
I’m often left uncertain whether that’s been achieved and my anxiety about this is merely a manifestation of how vital it is to reach people and change things and for their stories to be heard.
Today I spoke of the number of people that die by suicide and the number of people that attempt suicide and the number of people that think about suicide. In reality, many, many of us attempt suicide and many more of us think about suicide. Isn’t it time we start talking about that? 
I often see in my work, how comforting it is to know that we’re not alone; that others think and feel the way that we do and also that some have faced those things and come through those times. Sharing stories reduces isolation, that could be enough to save someone’s life. 
Today I spoke about that. 
So let’s keep talking. I will keep talking on whatever platform wherever it is given to me, please can you do me a favour and also keep talking- to each other. Share how you’re feeling and invite others to do the same. 
Together we can reduce suicide. 
  

Looking for Community Champions

Could you join our business community champions? 
Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.
Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it. 
Could you be a community champion? 
Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 
Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events.
Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to. 
Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk

Call for computing equipment and desks

Can you help us?
Do you have any computer equipment/laptop that you’re willing to donate?

Do you have any small computer desks?
On January 3rd my team will be joined by a number of interns who are going to support us in trying to drive the service forwards. 
We could really do with some additional work stations and laptops/computers for them to work on. 
We know people often have things they’re willing to donate to us, so please, if you do, let us know. 
You could help us save lives.