Did someone say national chocolate chip cookie day?

4th August marks National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and a day we are certainly in favour for.

We decided to take a further look into this and found that baking is often associated with home comforts. Not only do we enjoy the process, it’s also a means of escape as we are just focussing on the activity at hand. Baking acts as a form of mindfulness, giving the mind breathing space and really does focus on self-care. This is without even mentioning eating all the delicious baked goods! What we also wanted to consider was the deeper, therapeutic effect baking has on our mental health, heres what we found…

Previous winner of The Great British Bake Off, John Whaite says: “Baking helps lift my depression. It can’t cure it but it helps.” John was diagnosed with depression twelve years ago and explains that baking is a way to turn negative energy into something constructive. He found it an effective way to manage his condition.

“When I’m in the kitchen, measuring the amount of sugar, flour or butter I need for a recipe or cracking the exact number of eggs – I am in control. That’s really important as a key element of my condition is a feeling of no control.”
We often bake for people as an expression of love, whether to cheer them up, celebrate an occasion or ‘just because’ and because of this ‘baking’ takes on a more important meaning than just creating something tasty to eat – it becomes a means of communicating.

At Harmless we love to bake! And we often do bake sales to support our life saving work. If you fancy coming on board and holding a bake sale we have a wonderful fundraising pack to support you.

All you need to do is send us an email to info@harmless.org.uk

What do we mean by self care?

The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.’

July 24th was International Self Care day and here are our suggestions on how you can get started on your own #selfcare

Connect

Good friendships play a significant role in promoting our overall health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Connecting with the people around you can play an important role in this as well. Here’s some tips to make new connections this Mental Health Awareness Week:

Talk to someone instead of sending an email. Or go the extra mile and write a letter, they are a lot more personal.

Speak to someone new, smile at everyone

Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you

Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them (better for them, for you and the environment, triple win!)

Get physical

We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body. Our physical health and mental health really do need equal importance.

Exercise effects chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. Brain cells use these chemicals to communicate with each other, so by exercising you release these and they will positively affect your mood and thinking.

Tips on getting physical:

-  Swap the lift for the stairs! < simple…but effective.

-  During your lunch break take a walk, fresh air & exercise is perfect

-  Get off the bus one stop earlier

-  Meet up with friends to go to the park

-  Yoga before bed

-  Join a sports team

Be aware

Being mindful of your surroundings can strengthen the mind and broaden awareness. Starting to practice mindfulness, 10 minutes per day, is known to have significantly positive health benefits.  Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Our suggestions:

-  Clear away clutter

-  Be conscious of the people around you, their emotions and the impact on yourself

-  Visit a new coffee shop

- Ask a friend to meet for a coffee and catch up

-  Leave 5 minutes earlier to walk and talk a longer walk, notice your surroundings

-  Notice sounds, smells, overall feelings. Don’t think too much about them, just be aware and note them in your mind

Keep learning!

The more we learn, the more we grow, and that in turn benefits not only ourselves but others around us.  Continuing to learn throughout our lives boosts our self-esteem and encourages social interaction which overall promotes positive wellbeing.

Few ideas to get you started:

-  Sign up for a class: a new language perhaps

-  Teach yourself a new skill: pompom making, knitting or baking? (our favourite!)

-  Join a life drawing class

- Enjoy a hot bubble bath with a bath bomb and watch the colours develop

Volunteer

Volunteering to help others in the community will boost confidence, make a difference, you’ll connect with others and make new friends. You’ll become part of a new community, whilst learning a new skill and having fun.

Please contact us is you would like to fundraise for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project by emailing chloe@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445.

Share a smile #startanepidemic

Came across this poem last night and thought I would share it with you all…

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

In celebration of this poem we thought we would raise a little money to create a few more smiles


Donate £1-5 to create some more smiles and saves lives.  Once you’ve donated take a photo and share your smile with us today on social media with the #startanepidemic 

@letstalknlearn @harmlessUK @lifevsuicide

Click on the link to access our local giving page click here


Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

CYCLING TO SAVE LIVES! WE CHALLENGE…YOU!

The circumference of the world is 40,075 kilometres or 24,900 miles. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) started Cycle Around The Globe four years ago to see if as a community we can come together. Now four years on from the first success, the next challenge is to cycle 4X around the globe, 163km or 99.60k Mi.

 The challenge is to see if we can all contribute to collectively cycle this distance for World Suicide Prevention Day. Please join us and help us reach this target. It does not matter how far you can cycle, every kilometre or mile will be added to the total and there are no limits, you can cycle at home, in the gym or outside, you can even walk.

 The activity is about global community and spreading awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. In the UK alone there were 6,188 suicides, and this just shows the real need for us as a community to come together.

If you would like to take part click here for the sponsorship form and sign up. Let us know by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or phoning 0115 934 8445.

All the money raised goes directly to Harmless & The Tomorrow Project and provides therapeutic services.

*Official participant printed labels for your t-shirts are available to print off*

Join us and Cycle of WSPD and show the world we are all connected in the aim of preventing suicide.

https://iasp.info/wspd2017/cycle-around-globe/

Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

Head on down to John Lewis and Waitrose in Nottingham to vote for Harmless!

Community Matters, May – August

The team at Harmless work tirelessly each day to support the local and wider community who are struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing, self harm and those at risk of suicide. The work we do is critical and ultimately it saves lives. At Harmless we know mental health doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

We are very excited to have been selected by John Lewis and Waitrose to be part of the Community Matters scheme. The scheme running for four months, has £3000 to share between three organisations, and the pot of money is divided by the amount of tokens placed in each organisations pot.

We are a non profit organisation and rely on the support on the community to keep our life saving services afloat. Help us save lives by popping into John Lewis/Waitrose and putting a green token in the pot! Every single coin will make a difference and you really will be helping us save lives.