We are currently recruiting individuals to our suicide awareness photography project.
If you have been touched by suicide in some way, either through your own battle of lived experience, supporting someone you love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide and want to take part, we want to hear from you.
We want to ensure we have a range of people – ethnicity, gender and age, well-represented.
All we need you to do is send us your name and phone number and a sentence about your experiences and we will put you in touch with our photographer. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The images will form part of an exhibition to mark world suicide prevention day and shoots will happen in and around Nottingham.
I recently had the privilege to deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training course. This excellent training is both enjoyable and insightful, highly recommended for everyone who works with or supports young people aged 8 – 18 years.
One in ten young people experience a mental health issue at any one time.
For those aged 5-19 suicide is the second most common cause of death, and a record number of children contacted Childline with suicidal thoughts in 2016/17.
In an average group of 30 15-year-olds:
• Seven are likely to have been bullied
• Six may be self-harming
• One could have experienced the death of a parent
Record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic of poor mental health in our young people.
It’s clear that young people are not getting the support they need. Key figures in a young person’s life – parents, family members, teachers, tutors, carers, youth workers – can often spot when a young person is struggling but may not know how best to help.
“Excellent training would highly recommend to everyone who works with children”
“Thanks for a really insightful and thought provoking course. Lots to take away and build on for myself and with others in my work.”
“Would highly recommend this course fantastic”
Our next Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be held in Nottingham on
Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th July 2018 09:00 – 17-00 on both days.
For more details can be found us on Eventbrite (search “Harmless”)
A huge thank you to the wonderful staff and students who managed to raise over two thousand pounds for our beloved service last week! Their team took part in a week of fundraising activities which finished off with a ‘walk … Continue reading →
CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention. CLASP together with organisations across the country, seek to raise suicide awareness. This is achieved by providing a directory of charities, counselling services, self care advice and much more from numerous parties across the country.
CLASP have announced 7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham. The events have grown over the course of 4 years via public support wanting to obtain, more mental health wellbeing information and participate in raising awareness and reducing the stigma in their local and regional communities.
Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. Take part in a 10 mile walking challenge and help create a world with good mental health for all. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.
A huge thank you to Harry Starbuck for the fantastic photography last Friday. Harry volunteered his time and his skill set to capture the moments we shared with staff and students of Nottingham college. We are so grateful!
Take a look at Harry’s amazing photography page:
Here he is in action ….
Thank you again for volunteering to support us on Friday,
Jeremy Hunt has recently warned companies like Facebook and Google that they face new laws relating to social media and young people, because social media exposes children to ‘harm’.
But is it really as simple as that? If there’s one person who knows about young people’s mental health its campaigner and TES columnist Natasha Devon MBE. Ms Devon spends much of her time visiting schools and talking to young people about her experience. In her new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental, An A-Z From Anxiety To Zero F**ks Given, there are whole chapters on the topic. She says: ‘I don’t think any reasonable person would contest that social media and smart phones are having a dramatic impact on how we think and behave. ‘I also believe the government could play a role in regulation by, for example, providing public health guidelines around screen time and social media exposure for both children and adults.
As last week was mental health week I wanted to shine a light on a group that are often forgotten in the battle for better mental health. A group that is very much in the trenches, who are taking the full brunt of each attack and who are often the driving force to continue the fight. This group is of course the loved ones of a person who is suffering from a mental health condition.
We are slowly becoming better at discussing mental illness, we are more accepting of people who are diagnosed with or suffering from symptoms of such illnesses and we are beginning to change how we treat these people. However we often forget about the wider impact that such issues have on the people who take care of and support these people every day.
Consider the mother who has to will her son to continue living every day, or the father who can protect his daughter from everyone, except herself.
Every day the people who love someone who suffers from poor mental health prepare themselves to take on the daily onslaught of negative thoughts, dangerous behaviours and desperate despair. They know they have to be the strong ones, the source of support, the bright side. They do it brilliantly, with complete compassion and often without complaint, driven by the ultimate fear of losing someone they love.
I know this because I loved a person who suffered from poor mental health, every day I would fight on their behalf, battle to gain more help for them, better help, preach to make people understand and I often suffered the pain of watching them slowly spiralling deeper and deeper to the point of no return. It was hard. But someone needed to help them through, they needed to know they were loved, that we cared.
Nobody ever asked me how I was coping.
The fact is that I was not coping, I was ignoring my own needs, my feelings and aspirations. I was ignoring the warning signs that my own mental well being was slipping.
I realised I had to care for myself as much as I cared for my loved one, my life mattered too. I achieved this by being honest with myself and those around me, by asking for help and becoming educated about mental health and how to help people improve it.
So to all the parents, carers, partners, families and friends out there, I salute you. You are the unsung heroes in the war against mental health, you are the true experts, the real champions, the life savers. Take care of yourselves, your mental health is every bit as important as that of those you care for, if you are struggling ask for support you don’t have to do it alone. You matter too.
Warm weather predicted for Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 10k walking fundraiser!
CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention. CLASP have announced 7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham
Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.
Our team are incredibly excited to be hosting a stand at the event. If you’d like to find out more about our service the team will be happy to help. We will be able to tell you all about our work in the field of self harm and suicide prevention. If you’re interested in getting some support for yourself or someone that you are concerned about, then we want to
answer your questions and help in any way we can. We also provide lots of other services: we deliver self harm and suicide prevention training, publish books and resources on the subjects, provide email support and work with schools. Come along to find out more.
We are really looking forward to the day and hope to see lots of you there! ..don’t forget your suncream!
We are really excited to announce the opening of our charity shop! The small pop up shop is in our Harmless building foyer. Please pop in, take a look, bag a bargain and support our life saving service. Win win!