Today is Harmless’ tenth anniversary, a note from our CEO. 

Ten years ago Amy and I launched an organisation that we truly believed had the potential to help people but with not a lot other than hope and tenacity.

For years we had been involved in the charity sector and had learned what not to do… we knew the world needed something more. So Amy told me to stop moaning about it and get on and do something, and so we did. 

We were told the concept of our model wouldn’t work. 

In those early days we sought help from Business advisors and started to refine our concept of a social business that would save lives. 

Shortly after we formed as a social enterprise and our first team member Adrienne Grove joined us and she’s been by my/our side every day since then.

Ten years on we have reached over 30,000 people that have experiences relating to self harm either directly or indirectly. And in recent time have trained over 4000 with an indirect reach of 90,000 people. 

We have a growing team and this week we have moved into our own premises and a management team including myself and Adrienne, Amy Harroe and Darren Fox that have this year worked to exhaustion to enable the service to survive. 

To mark our tenth anniversary we have worked with LeftLion magazine who have today published an article I did with them. 

https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2017/october/harmless

Next week we hold our celebration dinner to mark what we have achieved (there’s still a handful of tickets if you want to join us) with the following week myself being up for a Community Hero Award and Harmless in the running for two national mental health awards. 

This year has been a tough year. At times we didn’t know if we were going to make it. It has been stressful and at times upsetting… but then you sit down with a 4 year old boy who’s daddy died by suicide this year and you remember just why we have to keep fighting because there’s always more to do. People need us. So we will continue to fight for your friends and family to live in a world where there’s someone who can help them, so when they pick up the phone there’s someone there.

Thank you to everyone for the support we’ve had over the years and to a fantastic team, without whom we wouldn’t have achieved our dream of creating a service that would save lives. 

If you’d like to contribute to the future of our services then feel free:

https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless

New offices, be patient with us!

Today, after over 8 years with our registered office being based at the volunteer centre in Nottingham, we have moved to our own dedicated building. 

We will update you with more information as things start to take shape, but as we make these changes please be patient with us. 

Our phone numbers will stay the same but there may be a gap in provision. If you struggle to get hold of us, please drop us an email at info@harmless.org.uk 

This is an exciting but also a very hectic time for us and we will do our best to ensure everything as seemless as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and support.

£25 saves a life? Wanna be a life saver? 

FACT: £25 can save a life
FACT: 6,188 suicides were reported 2015

MYTH: Talking about suicide escalates risk of suicide
FACT: For every 1 woman 3 men take their lives

MYTH: Someone who talks about wanting to take their life won’t go through with it
FACT: The Tomorrow Project & Harmless save lives
FACT: £25 = one crisis session
Please save a life today and donate to Harmless click here to go to our local giving page: https://localgiving.org/harmless

World Suicide Prevention Day – #takeaminute #savealife

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is a day that honours suicide prevention work across the globe and can give us all a moment to stop and think what we each have to contribute to suicide prevention. 

Each year, the International Association for Suicide Prevention sets a theme for the day; this year is #takeaminute. 

We often think that life saving efforts come from elaborate interventions. If you thought this was the case- you’d be wrong. Suicide prevention is everyone’s business… change can happen in a moment – a show of human kindness, a cups of tea, a chat, a hug, or a moment of self care. What can you do in a minute that could change everything for someone else or for yourself?

We’re borrowing this next bit from a supportive follower of our work…

‘In 2015 6,188 people died by suicide 

In 2015 1,732 people died in a road accident 

Surprised? 

How many times do we say ‘drive carefully’? Its relatively easy right and trips off the tongue. 

How many times do we say ‘are you ok?’ and wait long enough to hear what that person really says, or when they say ‘fine’ be curious and ask a few more questions? 

New research this year by De Cou et al (2017) has evidenced that asking people outright if they are having suicidal thoughts does NOT make them more likely to do anything or make them feel worse. Don’t be afraid to ask.’

Don’t be afraid to listen to the answer – you could be the difference between life and death for someone you know and love. 

Tell us how you’re going to spend your minute wisely.

#takeaminute #savealife

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.