Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

£150 per delegate place*
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes.

Harmless recognises that self harm affects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting new event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership,
Service user representation,
Effective practice,
Driving change &
Overcoming stigma and discrimination.
Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.


Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy


Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!
Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Send a card, save a life!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes.

£4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Christmas Closure

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Christmas Closure – from December 14th

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are taking some well-deserved time off over Christmas as we prepare for what will be a busy 2019!

Services will close on Friday 14th December and reopen Tuesday 2nd January…in one weeks time!

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over this past year – your kindness and generosity has literally helped us save lives. We are confident that next year will bring many more achievements as we continue to have significant and positive influence in the field of self harm, suicide and mental health.

2019 will see us hold our fourth national self harm conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ on March 1st (Self Harm Awareness Day) and many more exciting things to come.

On behalf of the team, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

If you need immediate support from December 14th, please call Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

New parents support group

Harmless will be running a Parent support group in January 2019.

Knowing that someone you love is hurting themselves can be frightening. It can be hard to understand and often your immediate reaction is to want it to stop. Fortunately there are lots of things you can do to help them. By attending this parents support group we will explore self harm and alternative suggestions for parents to help support young people.

If you know of any adult who you think would be interested in attending this group, or to find out more information, please feel free to contact info@harmless.org.uk or phone Val  0115 880 0280

Grow your Tenner 2018 – Support us with a monthly donation
LocalGiving have announced their 2018 grow your tenner campaign. Here’s how it works…
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Grow Your Tenner campaign will launch at 10am on Tuesday 11th December 2018. The campaign will run until the match funding is fully allocated or 12am on Thursday the 10th January – whichever comes first.
This year we are putting a particular emphasis on encouraging people to become long term supporters of their local charities.
With this in mind, we will match monthly donations for a full 6 months for donors who set up a direct debit to a Localgiving member for a year.
We have a match fund pot of £100,000 and all Localgiving members are eligible to take part.
This is the seventh consecutive year of Grow Your Tenner – the campaign that turns your tenners into twenties. Since 2012 Grow Your Tenner has raised close to £7 million for local charities and community groups across the UK.
Link to campaign: https://localgiving.org/what-we-do/campaigns/grow-your-tenner?utm_source=VCO+Accounts+Salesforce+Master+List&utm_campaign=0d84036170-Members+newsletter+28.11.18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6b940e0f40-0d84036170-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&ct=t%28Members+newsletter+28.11.18%29

In the News: Why do more young people have mental health problems?

The evidence that more children and young people are suffering from mental health problems leads to one obvious question: why? While the research was a primarily statistical exercise, it still yielded significant clues about associations, which may also be causes.

What the researchers call “social and family context” clearly matters. Almost a quarter (24%) of people aged five to 19 who have a mental disorder were in a family that have been struggling to function well, the academics found. In comparison, far fewer of them – just 10% – were found to be surrounded by “healthy family functioning”.

Similarly, 28% of troubled youngsters have a parent who has been struggling with mental illness themselves, compared with 9% of children without mental ill health..

Having a parent who has been receiving disability-related income also appeared to be a risk factor, or at least to involve a statistically interesting correlation.

Prof Tamsin Ford, one of the co-authors, said that “a variety of family adversities” was also part of the explanation. That could be parental separation or a financial crisis in their home, explained Ford, a child psychiatrist who focuses on child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Exeter.

A child who has been socially isolated – who has low levels of social support or does not take part in clubs or organisations in or out of school – “were all associated with the presence of mental disorder”, the researchers found.

With schooling, 8.5% of children with a disorder had been excluded compared with just 0.8% of those who have no mental ailment at all. And while 6.8% of troubled children had been excluded from school, that compared with only 0.5% of all pupils.

The age group for whom it was hardest to pinpoint what caused their mental ill-health was children aged between two and four. Among these preschoolers, one in 19 (5.5%) had a mental disorder, most of which were behavioural disorders (2.5%) such as oppositional defiant disorder (1.9%).

Little-known outside psychiatric circles, these disorders involve extreme temper tantrums and severe disobedience which have been judged to be developmentally inappropriate, severe and persistent, and to cause distress or impair the child’s normal functioning. This new study was the first of the three editions that have been published since 1999 to investigate this age group, so there were no other figures with which to compare the 5.5% finding.

The picture with them has also been complicated by the fact that some of the mental illness in these children was autistic spectrum disorder (1.4%), which is a neurodevelopmental condition, and also that the 5.5% included problems with sleeping, feeding and toileting. There was also the fact that anxiety and depression, the likely causes of which were easier to identify, have been absent in preschoolers.

So, while these two-, three- and four-year-olds were not simply displaying “the terrible twos”, and have been displaying symptoms which psychiatrists could identify from the diagnostic manual that guides their decisions, explaining why many of these children present as they did was not easy.

Those young people aged between 11 and 16 with a disorder were much more likely than their mentally untroubled peers to have taken illicit drugs, drunk alcohol or tried a cigarette.

Among these children, the use of social media, widely blamed for causing much of the epidemic of mental illness in young people, was an important possible explanation too. While, for example, 29.4% of those aged 11 to 19 with a disorder spent more than four hours a day on social media, just 12% of those displaying no symptoms did the same thing.

Those who have a disorder were much more likely to compare themselves with others on social media and to say that “likes, comments and shares impact my mood”. They were also likelier to spend more time on social media than they meant to – and to admit that they could not be honest about their feelings

Link to original blog: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/22/why-do-more-young-people-have-mental-health-problems


Save a life this Christmas!
Please support our Christmas Appeal.
If you were thinking of donating instead of sending cards, or you’d like to do something good for someone instead of buying a gift – then please think of us.
Each year we receive more and more requests for help and hear increasingly tragic stories of loss, yet we still have no statutory funding for our work.
For us to even think about delivering the same level of support in 2018 we are going to need your help.
Please share our appeal far and wide. However little or much you can afford, every penny will help. Please visit the following link if you would like to make a donation:

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Send a card, save a life!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes.

£4 per pack

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

Meeting the Lord Mayor of Leicester
Our lovely team duo Linda and Ada with the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Ross Grant at the Celebrating Carer’s Event at the Bradgate Unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
They hosted a stand at the Celebrating Carers Event – supported by voluntary organisations around Leicester and Leicestershire that provide support for carers, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Partnership Trust.

🥊 Boxing to save lives 🥊

“On December 15th, after 8 weeks of training, I will be boxing 3, 2 minute rounds with a worthy opponent. I will be doing this to raise money for Harmless. A local charity focusing on self harm and suicide prevention. “
Harmless is a small charity with a big heart. It offers non judgmental support when its needed the most.
Please support Emma in this amazing fundraising journey!
Good luck from all the team!!! 🥊🏆🥇