Say hello to Leroy, our new suicide crisis support officer

Hi everyone

I’m Leroy, one of the new suicide crisis support officers with the tomorrow project. I thought I’d introduce myself as there’s a possibility I may come into contact with some of you or the next few weeks and months :).

I hate talking about myself to be honest, so I’m going to try and keep this brief…

I’m entering the organisation with some experience of working in hostel and residential childcare settings. I’ve also got experience in housing and social care.

I’ve always wanted to try and help people – I think that everyone can thrive in the right conditions.

In my spare time (non-corona times), I would say that my interests involve watching films & TV – especially sci-fi and anime genres,   listening to music and playing RPG games (Final Fantasy!!). I also dabble in playing the piano, yoga, carp fishing and have been attempting to get an allotment going alongside my wife and son. 

That’s enough about me anyway. Thanks for taking the time to read this, I’ll be writing again soon.

 

 

If you would like to refer into the crisis pathway, please email crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk or give us a call on 0115 880 0282 and a member of the team will respond within 1 working day

Say hello to Laura, the new suicide crisis support officer

Hi! I’m Laura, and this week I joined the Harmless team as a Suicide Crisis Support Officer for the Tomorrow Project. I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of such a fantastic team, and I’ve been welcomed so wonderfully by everybody.

I first heard of Harmless in 2014, when I actually used the service as a client. I stopped using the service in 2015, and in January 2020 I returned to Harmless as a voluntary intern, for which I have been writing an essay about trauma. I have really enjoyed writing about such an important subject, and I’m still continuing to write it from home. As of Tuesday this week, I officially joined the suicide crisis team as a support officer. This week has been a whirl of learning lots of new things, getting to know my colleagues, and being extremely grateful for how my life has turned 180 degrees from 2014 to now. I hope that my summarised story serves as a hopeful reminder to anyone who needs it, that recovery really can happen.

I have come to Harmless after working as a support worker in a low-secure forensic mental health hospital. The hospital specialised in supporting people with personality disorders. Before this, I studied Psychology in Education at the University of York, and spent a lot of time volunteering for Nightline, a listening service for students. These experiences have strengthened my already-existing passion for supporting anyone and everyone with their mental health, and I’m sure that working at Harmless will strengthen that passion that even further.

A message from our research lead and senior suicide crisis support officer, Bevan

We know that healthcare and medical staff may be at higher risk of suicide in regular times, for a whole variety of reasons.
One of the consistent messages has been “Protect the NHS”. This really is super important, and I want to assert that this protection should extend to key workers’ mental health in this extremely difficult time. I’ve worked with people at risk of suicide since I was 19, and I’ve become really familiar with the sense of adrenaline and immediacy in crisis situations . There’s little time to sit and think and ruminate when you’re with someone, helping them make decisions in support of life and trying to help them immediately stay safe; but when I myself most need support is when I go home in the evening and I begin to think, and hope beyond hope I did enough today to support people in getting through the weekend or evening. I know that it’s a bit like comparing apples and oranges when it comes to the current situation, but what I’m trying to say is that I think we need to be really considerate of how our frontline, medical and healthcare colleagues may feel as this crisis continues and even afterwards, when we all have time to think again.
I’ve spent countless hours in the past few weeks in the evenings and at weekends browsing all kinds of forums, websites, messages boards, anything that people regularly post on. I’ve read stories of some key workers having to stay away from their families to shield them, all the while going in every day to combat COVID-19. My fear is, much like going home in the evenings, once we all have time to think again, the impact of what’s happened and is still happening may finally sink in. This is where I want to remind everyone that we’re open.
We know that healthcare and medical staff may be at higher risk of suicide in regular times, for a whole variety of reasons. In this time more than ever, I really want everyone to know that Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are here, offering 1-1, face to face, and confidential suicide crisis support sessions. You can contact us on 0115 880 0282, or email us on crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk.

Thank you for the team

With all the negativity, worries and uncertainties that are circulating currently, as an organisation we are truly overwhelmed with how kind, generous and supportive people are.

It is a very challenging time for all of us and what may seem a small act of kindness helps us keep working and supporting those who need us and in turn save lives.

Inside a huge selection of goodies, our team found a note which says ‘you are doing a fantastic job of helping people who need help in this world’ and we wanted to reach out and say we are all grateful and humbled by the continued support we have been shown.

We are so blessed to have such beautiful people in the world and we can’t put into words how grateful we are to each and every one of you.

From all of us at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project

The team are here to help

We asked our clients ‘what is the best thing about your support session?’

“Being able to talk through how i am feeling”

“Say what i really feel, no judgement”

“Knowing i wont be ‘kicked out’ without being ready”

If you or anyone you know needs any support with suicidal thoughts, drop us an email at crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk or leave us a voice message on 0115 880 0282 and the team will aim to get back to you within 1 working day.

We can see you face to face or remotely if you are worried about going out right now and we will be ready to support, when and if you need us.

 

 

 

Thank you from The Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis team

Back in November 2019, we made the challenging decision to suspend The Tomorrow Project Crisis pathway to new referrals due to a lack of funding. Whilst the service delivered against all of its objectives and saved hundreds of lives, it had not secured the funding it required to continue.

We wanted to write this blog to say thank you to all of those who have supported us throughout the suspension. Without that support, we would not be in the position we are today.

Our team has grown and we are back doing what we do best – saving lives and supporting those in suicide crisis.

If you or anyone you know would like some support from us, contact The Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis team by  email or by leaving us a message on our referral line and we will aim to get back to you within 1 working day –

crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk

0115 880 0282

Please note. We are a primary care service, which means we are unable to offer support to those eligible and/or engaging in secondary care services.

March Catch Up Cafe dates

Throughout March, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project are hosting 4 Catch up Cafes across two of our Nottinghamshire offices. The catch up cafes are friendly and welcoming; our staff will be on hand to provide some informal support to support you and those you know.

Dates –

Tuesday 10th March 2020 at 12.30-13.30 – For those aged up to 21

Friday 13th March 2020 at 12.30-13.30 – For those aged 18 and over

Location –

Harmless, The Sanctuary, 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ

 

Dates –

Wednesday 25th March 2020 – 13.30-14.30 – for those aged 18 and over

Thursday 26th March 2020 – 11.00-12.00 – for those aged up to 21

Location –

Unit 1, Lighting House, 3-5 Station Road, East Leake, Loughborough, LE12 6LQ

 

If you would like any further information about the Catch up Cafes, please drop us an email at info@harmless.org.uk

Introducing Lydia, our newest team member

Hi, I’m Lydia

I’m very excited to be joining The Tomorrow Project as the new suicide crisis support officer.

I’ve got a varied background stemming from qualifying as a chef when I first left school to working with some beautiful people with learning difficulties, autism, dementia, delirium or personality disorders. I believe this has allowed me to gain a very person centred approach and has provided me with a vast knowledge of differing areas. I feel I can bring a lot of knowledge to the team and can’t wait to start making a difference.

Although it is only my second week, I have already had the pleasure of observing client sessions and seeing first hand some of the amazing work being done here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.

I’ve also attended my first conference, From Harm to Hope, which Harmless hosted last Friday with the focus on female suicide. I got to meet a variety of incredible individuals and learn about the work they are doing to better the world. One of my favourite workshops of the day was by Lisa Carter on perinatal mental health, this sparked a keen interest in the area for me.

I feel honoured to be part of such an amazing team and I am so excited to progress with them.