#HarmtoHope conference a huge success!

Today we held of national conference from #HarmtoHope.

In spite of the weather, the majority of our contributors and delegates made it through the snow to support our work.

We were joined by colleagues from across the U.K. and heard from colleagues with inspiring, insightful and motivating work.

‘Change can happen if we believe it can’ and we are facing a new wave of interest and commitment to the field of self harm and suicide prevention that we haven’t seen before.

What came across today was that every death by suicide is a person, a life, a family devastated, a friend lost… and as we talk about prevalence rates and we talk about rates we must always remember that any life improved or saved is worth the effort and all the compassion that we have to share.

Thank you for your support. Thank you to all contributors and delegates and service users that privilege us with their voice and thank you to the team at Harmless who are the phenomenal humans that make this happen.

We need you!

As you may be aware, some of the services we offer are under threat of closure. The money that funds our Crisis services and bereavement services runs out at the end of March.

In order for us to keep helping people we have to do something miraculous. We need everyone who believes in what we offer, to join us in working together to save lives.

We need you!

Could you:

– make a regular donation?

– hold a fundraiser for us? A cake stall? A sponsored event? Anything at all…

We’re looking for a team of new #lifesavers and we’ve found our first.

Professor Ellen Townsend of the University of Nottingham is walking a 1000 miles for Harmless to help us save lives. She is hoping to raise £1000 towards our life saving services. You can sponsor her here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/ellen1000miles/

But you could also join her, in walking for Harmless and #walkingforhope – could you set up your own challenge and join us in #walkingforhope? You can set up your own fundraising page here:

Together we can save lives and keep vital services for people facing crisis running.

Self Harm Awareness Day 2018

Today is the 1st of March, International Self Harm Awareness Day. To mark the occasion we are holding our annual national conference.

Come hail or snow, the conference brings together people from across the UK to focus on how we can collaboratively work with those that self harm.

Today we welcome our colleagues to a day of discussion, of presentations and workshops. We will hear from Professor Louis Appleby, Dr Karen Slade, members of the Harmless team, those with lived experience and service providers in a day that aims to promote improved practice.

50% of people that die by suicide have a history of self-harm and so this years conference is focusing upon suicide prevention with our theme being: ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here!’

Why not tune in throughout the day to our twitter handle #HarmtoHope to hear updates from the day.

#JoinTheConversation and together #LetsSaveLives

Tomorrow is a BIG day for the Harmless team!

Tomorrow is self harm awareness day and we host our national conference to mark the event, bringing people together in meaningful discussion to work towards suicide prevention.

Self harm awareness day also means that we get to revisit our commitment to our service users and reiterate that no matter how tough times are for us, we will continue to work to provide support.

If you would like to support us in our endeavours then we will be generating ‘a month of ideas’ (for fundraising) starting tomorrow.

If you’d like to get involved, then give us a shout on info@harmless.org.uk as we look to securing the financial future for our service- you could become one of our life savers.

We are also offering a range of discounts on all of our products and training services for self harm awareness day.

Remember, if we work together, we really can make a difference.

Save our service from closure

To all of the people we have ever helped, or who have ever believed in our work- we need you.

For the last year we have struggled to find the services that we offer. Our work is held in such high esteem and anyone who’s needed us, knows we save lives. But the funding crisis in the U.K. means it’s become increasingly difficult to survive.

At present, we need to raise 30k to keep our Suicide crisis and bereavement services open.

I know this seems like big money, but it’s made up of small, affordable and generous donations.

Every support session we deliver costs £25 a time, so if you believe in us at all, could you spare that, or a portion of that?

At the minute, every little really does help.

We HATE turning to our community and asking for help, but if we don’t ask you, we may not survive.

Can you help?

Will you share this?

Can you give up the price of a coffee, or a trip out to save someone’s life? Or hold an event, or a sponsored something… anything…

Thank you for reading this. We promise we will keep trying our very best to be there when you need us.


Pamper and shopping evening on Monday

It’s your last few days to get tickets to our pamper and shopping evening being held at The Three Horse Shoes in East Leake on Monday evening. 

A bit of pre-Christmas shopping, a bit of time to yourself and a glass of prosecco on arrival, all while raising money for us… what more could you want?

Tickets are only £5.

Give us a shout if you want to join us!

Suicide prevention training in Nottingham 

This CPD-accredited course will help expand your understanding and awareness of suicide prevention by exploring attitudes and beliefs to suicide, identifying and assessing risk, implementing a safe plan, and recognising effective models of intervention.The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence and skills in responding to, and signposting, those at risk as well as their families, friends and professionals.

Level 3 (advanced) training is suitable for professionals who have attended previous introductory training whose role involves supporting those in distress.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in the UK, and for British men under 50. In order to better support individuals in crisis, we are running our advanced level Suicide Awareness and Prevention training. We know that most people who disclose distress will be speaking to non-professionals such as friends and family who may have no formal training. In addition, any professional who works with people can benefit from learning more about assessing risk, safety planning, and responding to individuals in crisis using brief interventions.

Link to this session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suicide-prevention-level-3-advanced-training-tickets-37915182331

£110 per place


Running out of time to submit a proposal to our conference…

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Now inviting submissions for speakers and workshops
Self Harm Conference:

From Harm to Hope
Thursday 1st March 2018

Nottingham Conference Centre
We are holding our third annual national self harm conference and are currently in the process of putting together a strong programme.
We are inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference. Contributions should align with at least one of our 5 themes:
Collaborative Partnership,

Service User Representation,

Effective Practice,

Driving Change,

Overcoming Stigma & Discrimination.

Please see below for details of how to be a part of this day.

We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the workshop programme, and for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference (All workshops will be an hour in length and plenary sessions will be 20-30 mins in length).
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.
Event details:
The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘self harm and suicide prevention starts here’. This event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm, professionals and practitioners in self harm prevention.
Guidance for session proposals:
The conference is themed around five key areas; Collaborative partnership, service user representation, effective practice, driving change & overcoming stigma and discrimination. Proposals put forward must relate to at least one of these areas. Subjects for each area are noted but proposals do not need to be limited to these subjects. Sessions can include presentations of services, projects or activities, presentations of academic research or hosted discussions.
Additional Information:
All proposals received will be reviewed by a panel of Harmless members which will agree on the final programme of sessions. As there are only a limited number of slots available, we regret that it may not be possible to accommodate all proposals received.

Session proposals will be assessed against the following criteria

Proposals must:
Demonstrate some evidence-base and where appropriate, show that services, models of working or projects have undergone an evaluation.

Demonstrate good practice,

Set out ways in which other individuals or organisations can potentially adapt or learn from your work or set out how learning from your work can benefit others and their service users,

Demonstrate collaborative working.

Sessions should interactive wherever possible.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.

A word on the national press coverage from Claire, our trainer

I am so proud of working for Harmless. In the wake of the recently-published research from the University of Manchester on the increase of self-harm in young people, especially young women, the last couple of days have brought along interviews galore. I’m so pleased that people are paying attention and taking an interest in self harm awareness and prevention.
If you’re interested, here are links to some of the media work our team have done in the last few days:
Sky News video: http://news.sky.com/video/girls-self-harming-more-due-to-social-media-11087600 
BBC News article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41671060
BBC Radio Nottingham interview (2.07.50 onwards): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05h5rcy
Manchester Evening News article: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/teenage-girls-self-harming-manchester-13782011 
We were also on ITV’s lunchtime news.

National news tomorrow

Keep your eye out for us across the media tomorrow… from morning news onwards we will be speaking about self harm and young people and discussing what we think needs to happen to drive change. 

Tune into Sky news from 6am and ITV news throughout the day.

It’s been a really busy day so far and tomorrow is set to be busy too as we work hard to give our clients a voice and fight for the needs of people that self harm. 

In addition, Caroline our CEO spoke on BBC radio Nottingham today and you can listen back to that interview here: 


The interview starts at 2:07:50

Let us know what you think!