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. 

Call for donations of computer equipment and desks for #suicideprevention

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, finding ways to save more lives.
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. #suicideprevention

Today is World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.

All too often we are trained to respond to the physical needs of the people we know and love; we will stick a plaster on a grazed knee or serve a lemsip to someone with flu. 

We will visit our friends in hospital or strike up a conversation about their ailments. 

The same isn’t true when it comes to our mental health. Often we are scared to enquire into the mental and emotional health of those who share our world, for either fear or anxiety reasons we often avoid these conversations. Sometimes we just don’t even notice that someone is struggling or a little ‘out of sorts’, or it may feel a challenge to remark upon someone’s mood or enquire about their seemingly unhealthy weight loss. And for those of us unfortunate enough to have had a psychiatric admission, visitors are not as plenty as with when our physical health fails us.

Why?

We all experience difficulties at times in our life. There should be no shame in talking about that. We all understand that emotions can be challenging as well as joyful, life as hard as well as fun, so it should be ok to say that out loud without fear of being judged or isolated. 

We are all capable of extending the hand of support, to a friend, a colleague, a family member. It might be the most important thing we ever do for that other person, so let’s try. Let’s open our hearts and our ears and reach out to someone. We don’t have to have all the answers to be helpful to someone in distress, sometimes a friendly face can be enough to help turn a bad day into a better one. 

It might also, just save a life.

The team attend the annual suicide bereavement conference in Manchester

Today members of The Tomorrow Project Team are in Manchester at the annual suicide bereavement conference. 
The team have listened to presentations from

a diverse group of people from Carla Fine, Professor Michael Myers to coroner Derek Winter who are all aiming towards bridging the gap in services in the U.K. and internationally, all recognising that suicide and suicide bereavement is a global issue that needs addressing. 
Katie, our Suicide Crisis Worker reflects:

‘We’ve also heard the issue of stigma being mentioned by nearly every individual speaking at the conference and there is a consensus that stigma needs to be addressed – it’s refreshing to hear people acknowledge these needs so consistently. 
In addition, one of the speakers addressed the tone and content of academic evidence based research which I have to say resonated with me on an individual level- that there is a sort of disconnect between academics and front line experience. How we recognise this and then adapting appropriately is essential to making service users feel safe and comfortable as well as confident in our ability to provide them with support the support that they need!’
Suicide bereavement and suicide crisis is work that we take very seriously- we are here to save and improve lives.  

   

New suicide prevention services launched today at special event held in Nottingham 

Today has been a tremendously wonderful day for The Tomorrow Project. 
Since 2012 we have been working super hard, often against the odds and adversity, and around the clock. 
Today we held a launch event at the University of Nottingham to celebrate the opening of two new world class pathways for people effected by suicide. 
We will now be delivering a city wide primary care crisis pathway and an automated referral pathway for those bereaved by suicide. When the tragedy of suicide hits a family, the police will notify us as the same time as the coroner. 
We have a long way to go but this is the start of a really exciting piece of work- where we can tackle the issue of suicide head on, and where people don’t have the be alone with this anymore. 
If you’d like to know more about our work or support us to save more lives, why not come along to our dinner event held on the 7th of October. 

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2016

1 in 5 young people have seriously contemplated suicide: give this a listen

One in five

today one in five

wondered if being alive

was worth the cost

of another day

wondering if 2 in 10

wondered when

there was finally going to be

a 911 for mental health
4 in 20 wondered if the wealth spent on the self decided salaries of politicians

who claim the children are our future

could pay for it
maybe 1 of the 8

of the 8 in 40

quit wondering

and started making plans
maybe 3 of the 16

of the 16 in 80

feel like unrecycled cans

that are just easier to throw away
Maybe one fifth of 160

is easier to say than 32

because 32 is starting to sound like a lot
a toll free number is not enough

give us a number

everyone knows by heart

so the next time we see someone’s world falling apart

we can do more than just stand there
because the scars we can’t see

require different care than the ones left there by crime or by accident

sometimes there’s no hint

to tell you where it hurts

it just hurts
sometimes our minds are red alerts

you can’t see

even when you look us in the eye

sometimes we cry for what others would consider no reason

sometimes the treason we commit

is against ourselves
it’s hard enough

trying to find who we are

amid the overcrowded shelves of pills

meant to manage how we function
sometimes the junction box is broken

and we miss the connections

that others seem to make with ease
imagine

if you threw away the 1

of the 1 in 5 keys

that could open the door

to the room the world forgot we were locked in
if kindness makes us friends

let compassion make us kin

don’t let us get lost in the numbers again
illness is illness
sometimes the cost to heal it

is an ear willing to listen

sometimes a shoulder

volunteering to be a crutch
people are not a price to be weighed against your budget
1 in 5

is 2 much.

Let’s save lives: World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is international World Suicide Prevention Day. 
In 2014, 4882 individuals died by suicide in the UK, 76% of those were men. 
Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. 
Whilst the rates in men are the highest, the suicide rate is growing at its fastest rate in young females. Under 20s have the lowest suicide rate of any age group, though it still translates into 182 lives lost in England in 2015, 182 devastated families and deaths in 15-19 year olds rose in 2015 for its third successive year. 
Feeling suicidal is actually fairly common, with 1 in 20 of us contemplating suicide, and with ten times more suicide attempts that there are deaths. That’s almost 50,000 suicide attempts annually. 
We work hard to save lives from suicide and there is a lot of work left to do so that no one faces such a dreadful decision.
We are launching two new pathways on Monday that means that we will be more able to be there in a crisis, and secondly, that when a tragedy has occurred and someone has died by suicide, we will, as of next week, be automatically notified by the police. This means that families will automatically referred to is for support so that they do not need to face this trauma alone. 
You may have seen the #itsoktotalk campaign which ourselves along with the National Suicide Prevention Alliance are involved in. And it is ok to talk, in fact it’s vital to. Talking saves lives. 
Please support our work. You can do this by sharing this status and showing your support of World Suicide Prevention Day. Or if you’d like to get more involved, please get in touch on info@tomorrowproject.org.uk
If you’d like to be a life saver, you can donate to our project here: 

https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/project/tomorrowproject/

£25 provides a crisis session to someone thinking of ending their life. Can you help us to get to them?

  

Join our wonderful supporters and make a regular donation that can save lives.

We hope to gather ten new regular donors to become our life saving supporters, this month.Today we gained our first person towards this target. This is great news…

If ten people give £5 a month we can reach 24 more people in crisis. 

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have heir loved ones. 

Could you spare £5 a month?

Help us reach our target of ten new supporters. You can sign up here:

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

‘when I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’