The Old, the Good and the New

2017 has been a busy year for the training operating arm of Harmless. It has also been a year for great change.

I would like to start the new year by thanking all of those who we have worked with over the past year. In particular I would like to thank Nottingham City Council for the amazing partnership we had in providing the citizens of Nottingham with FREE training in line with the Mental health Crisis Care Concordat.

I would also like to thank Martyn Swaby & Naomi Watkins for their support, helping to make training sessions fuller and more accessible by providing suitable venues for us to deliver training in throughout the year.

We have also started a new partnership with Kirklees City Council delivering Mental Health First Aid courses which will continue this year.

Having worked as a Specialist Trainer, it was earlier this year that the torch was passed on and I took on the role as Training Team Leader, with our dear Sophie Allen departing to pastures new. Further to this, we also excitingly welcomed Claire fully into the Harmless family as she became our full time Specialist Trainer. As well as Claire we have also welcomed into the fold, Val, Caron, Kayleigh and Wendy all amazingly talented trainers.

However, this was not to be the only change for Let’s Talk Training. As many of you will now be aware Harmless has moved to its own building. This provided many new opportunities for us including some extra space for training sessions as well as our own office to spread into.

Some of my personal favourite moments last year included celebrating Harmless’ 10-year anniversary, getting to meet Professor Rory O’Connor at our annual conference and continuing to meet so many amazing people.

Lots of people I speak with always tell me they don’t know how I could be a Trainer because it’s scary and you have to know everything but my most favourite thing about being a Trainer isn’t the facilitating it’s getting the opportunity to meet so many hard working and inspiring individuals who want to save lives and make a difference.

In 2017, we delivered approximately 80 courses that’s over 5,000 people trained. As a result, our training reached over 30,000 individuals. To see these stats inspires hope and I know we can only continue to grow and build on these successes.

With 2018 already begun I am eager to get stuck in and see what another year brings. I shall leave you with a small taste for some of the exciting things we have install so far this year….

7th&8th February Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)- Lincoln

1st March From Harm to Hope, Self harm Conference- Nottingham

20th March Level 2 Self harm and working with Self harm- Nottingham

10th & 11th April Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Nottingham

To book places or for more details please visit Eventbrite (search term Harmless), call us on 0115 880 0281 or email us on training@harmless.org.uk

 

‘Brew’ Monday

We have taken inspiration from Samaritans who are calling for blue Monday to now be ‘brew Monday’!

Blue Monday is said to be ‘the most difficult day of the year’ so let’s come together and change that. Meet a friend for a brew, in town or even at home. And let’s spend this Monday surrounded by people we care about and people who make us smile!

A cup of tea at the right time may be all it takes in saving a life. So pop the kettle on!!

From Harm to Hope

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

JOIN US

Self harm conference

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

Speakers Include:

Professor Louis Appleby

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Mental Health Today

Pam Burrows

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin

Marie Armstrong

Sarah Fairbank

Gloucestershire Public Health

COME ONE, COME ALL

Click HERE for tickets

A LUSH weekend ahead…

We are very excited to be working alongside Lush Nottingham and will be in store this weekend for a charity pot event! We were first supported by the wonderful Lush team last year with an amazing #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek workshop and they have been supporting us since!

Monday 15th of January is known as ‘Blue Monday’, a day considered the most difficult one of the year. So why not pop down to Lush and purchase our charity pot for lots of self-care? Not only will you be looking after you (very important!) but you’ll also be supporting our life-saving work.

Be sure to put some time aside on Monday to really look after yourself. Here are some of our favourite self-care activities:
– Bubble bath
– Lush bath and body cream!
– Hot chocolate with cream
– Start a new series
– Watch your favourite movie
– Meet friends for tea and cake
– Get creative!

We hope to see you in Lush tomorrow and Sunday!

LUSH 13-17 Clumber St, Nottingham NG1 3ED

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

From Harm to Hope

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

JOIN US

Self harm conference

£150 per delegate place

or

2 places for £200

Themes for the day

– Driving change

– Collaborative partnership

– Service user representation

– Effective practice

– Overcoming stigma & discrimination

 

Speakers Include:

Professor Louis Appleby

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Mental Health Today

Pam Burrows

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin

Marie Armstrong

Sarah Fairbank

Gloucestershire Public Health

COME ONE, COME ALL

Click HERE for tickets

Understanding self-harm – the Card Sort Task

The University of Nottingham self harm research group are hosting a study to learn more about self-harm and what helps individuals to stop self-harming or self-harm less.

Please click HERE to take part.

What is this study about?
We want to learn more about self-harm. Why do some people start to self-harm? Why do they keep self-harming? What helps them to stop self-harming or self-harm less?

We are interested in including people aged 18 years old and over.

 

If you decide to take part you will be asked to sign a consent form. If you do choose to take part in the study you can stop at any time. You don’t need to tell us why.

What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to indicate on a scale (that looks like a thermometer) how you feel at the start and the end of the study.
You will then be asked some questions about your age, gender, when you first self-harmed, when you last self-harmed, how often you have self-harmed and your method of self harm.
You will then be asked to sort some cards which describe thoughts, feelings, behaviours and events which were important leading up to self-harm. You will be asked to do this card sort task for the first time you ever self-harmed and for the most recent time you have self-harmed.

How long will the study take?

The study will take around 20 minutes to complete but it varies between people.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

The CaTS covers personal issues and feelings. You may find some cards upsetting. If this happens, you can take a break and restart when you are ready. You may stop the study at any point without having to give a reason why.

If you become distressed there are contact details on each page of the study for you to use if you need including the Samaritans and Harmless, a charity that helps those who struggle with self-harm. There will also be a researcher’s email if you have any questions about the study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot promise the study will help you but the information we get from this study may help others in the future. Many people enjoy taking part in research.

What if there is a problem?

If you have concerns about this research at any time you can:

  • Speak to the researchers via Ellen.Townsend@nottingham.ac.uk
  • If you have any complaints about the study, you can contact the Chair of the School of Psychology Ethics Committee, telephone (0115) 8466020 Professor Stephen Jackson via email stephen.jackson@nottingham.ac.uk or post School of Psychology, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
  • If you are still unhappy, you can contact the Head of School, Professor Paul McGraw via email paul.mcgraw@nottingham.ac.uk, telephone 0115 9515295 or post School of Psychology, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.
Will taking part in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. All information which is collected about you during the research will be kept strictly confidential (private).

All information which is collected about you will be stored in a secure and locked office, and on a password protected computer database. The data will be stored at the University of Nottingham for 7 years after the end of the study, and it will then be destroyed securely.

If you complete this electronic version of the card sort which is maintained online, as an online participant in this research, we are obliged to make you aware that there is always a potential risk of intrusion by outside agents, for example through hacking, and therefore the possibility of being identified.

You should be aware that participation in the study will not affect any clinical treatments that you are currently having or are due to undergo and we are not clinicians.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

You can decide to stop taking part at any time before or during the study. You don’t need to give a reason and your legal or medical rights will not be affected. If you withdraw then the information collected so far cannot be erased. This information may still be used in the project analysis.

What will happen to the results of the research study?

We may publish the results in a scientific journal and present them at scientific meetings. This may not happen until sometime after the research has finished. Anonymized data will be made available for secondary data analysis. Your details will remain strictly confidential.

Who is organising and funding the research?

This research is being organised by the University of Nottingham.

Who has reviewed the study?

All research is looked at by independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee, to protect your interests. This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the Research Ethics Committee.

Further information and contact details

For further information please contact the chief investigator, Professor Ellen Townsend, can also be contacted by telephone (0115 846 7305) or email (ellen.townsend@nottingham.ac.uk).

Please click HERE to take part.

Introducing Pam Burrows

Pam Burrows has been speaking professionally for over 25 years in the public sector, third sector and in the commercial world. Previously delivering business skills workshops globally to blue chip companies, for the last 17 years she has focused closer to home on the value of boosting the confidence, energy and positivity of people.

In 2015 Pam won a European OSHA award with Nottingham City Homes for reducing stress in the workplace and also became a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association.

Pam is a qualified Nursery Nurse, Social Worker and Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). She appears regularly on TV and BBC Radio and has produced 2 short films on social issues.

Pam says that she is taking far too long to write a book and to fill the gap has recently produced an Android and iOS app with free confidence boosting resources. Pam wears a tutu when the mood takes her, gives up sugar and takes it up again on a regular basis and quite likes hugging trees when no-one’s looking.

We are incredibly excited for Pam to be joining us on the 1st March 2018 for her workshop: An introduction to the C.A.R.E. model for a developing a sustainable wellbeing culture in your organisation.

If you would like to book tickets to the conference, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk or call us on 0115 934 8445.

 

Or…  tickets via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-harm-to-hope-self-harm-conference-tickets-38725331509

 

Did you know that today is an important day in the history of the tomorrow project?

A sad, tragic but important day…

Six years ago today, quite early in the morning I heard of a death in my local community. I read what I saw on social media, and like the rest of my community felt a deep sense of sadness and shock. A guy who was known to many had taken his life. I had seen him recently. He had served me in my local shop. We chatted superficially. He was not my friend, but a well recognised familiar face who I would say hello to when we passed simply because of the purchase of milk or such like.

This date is a date I remember, because without realising it at the time, it was a day that would months later give way to further tragedy and ultimately lead to the birth of the Tomorrow Project.

In the November of that year I had further witnessed some of the fall out in my own community. I had seen the pain and confusion amongst people I know and in a community that I love; I had seen arguments about suicide, I had seen pain and I had seen support.

In the same year I also found myself compelled to act because what was also clear was that other than in—community, in—family, in-friendship support there was nothing to support those affected by this loss – the very specific loss of suicide.

Unfortunately for this community, it wasn’t our only loss and as such, I found myself trying to rally the support of local statutory services, to receive consistently and without hesitation rejection: ‘we have no plan for events like this’; ‘we don’t have a strategy to help’; ‘this isn’t our responsibility’.

I was angry, sad, confused. I felt those things for myself and for every person touched by these losses. I won’t tell their story – it isn’t mine to tell… but what I can say is that what happened thereafter is what has led to the county wide delivery of a suicide crisis and bereavement service, one that has the eyes of the UK on it as a model of best practice. I and my colleagues would NOT accept that nothing could be done to support families and communities or that suicides couldn’t be prevented.

What I have learned since that time is that this field is a vital, complicated and painful field to work in but within six years we have managed to achieve national acclaim for a project that started in the hearts and minds of a local community on this tragic day, six years ago. I hope that in some way this brings comfort to thee family simply by knowing that we will keep fighting for this to not be another family’s story.

The Tomorrow Project was named by mothers who had lost their sons. It is theirs. It belongs to everyone who is touched by suicide.

The project is interested in bringing about local, regional and national change in the field of suicide prevention. We now offer direct access, swift suicide crisis support to anyone who needs it. With two dedicated buildings – one in the very village where the Tomorrow Project came from, and a dedicated team who will be there for those who need it.

We have built with the police and the Nottinghamshire coroner, a referral system that makes it easy for the police (via their IT systems) to automatically refer families and communities affected by suicide directly to our dedicated bereavement team, where now THEY WILL get the help that they need.

Today is an important day because we remember those who have lost their struggle to despair and we dedicate the future of our work to their suffering and to the losses of families who have faced pain beyond measure.

One day, we hope beyond hope, that the Tomorrow Project will no longer be needed, but for now, know that we will keep fighting for survival to help those that need it the most and create change in a word that needs it.

 

Caroline Harroe, CEO

Why not come along to our self harm conference?

From Harm to Hope
01/03/18

Nottingham Conference Centre

 

Do you have an interest in learning more about self harm?

Do you want to opportunities to connect with lead academics and professionals?

Do you want to raise awareness and reduce stigma around self harm?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then I believe our National Self harm Conference just might be for you.

1st March is Self harm Awareness day and in line with this we run a National conference, which gathers lead academics from all over the country to come speak. 

This year we are privileged to hear from:

Professor Louis Appleby, who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

Sarah Kessling (Harmless) – Effective risk assessment and safety planning.

Claire Dixon (Harmless) – Self harm and suicide: The missing link.

Mental Health Today – Supporting people living with suicidal thoughts.

Pam Burrows – Does your organisation have a C.A.R.E. culture or a SCARE culture? An introduction to the C.A.R.E. model for a developing a sustainable wellbeing culture in your organisation.

Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin – Domestic abuse, self-harm & suicide – what is the correlation, how can we help?

Marie Armstrong – The social context of young people and self harm.

Sarah Fairbank – Working with complex trauma, self harm and suicide.

Gloucestershire Public Health – Developing a comprehensive all age pathway for people who self harm in Gloucestershire.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 880 0280

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACES