A big thank you to all those at The Henry Chowdhury Fund for their fantastic fundraising

All of us here at Harmless would like to say a huge thank you to those at The Henry Chowdhury Fund and those who attended the Barbecue & Blues Band Extravaganza fundraising event in aid of Harmless on 28th May at The Cross Keys in Burton Joyce.

The event was fantastic and helped us raise vital funds to enable us to save lives. The total raised at the event was an amazing £1,160!

This contribution will go directly towards the delivery of our life saving work and help us to create a brighter future for many people.

We would like to thank everyone involved for your compassionate support and highlight the importance of this type of contribution; it really does make a difference.

Here are some pictures from the event…

Help us save lives, we need your support

Would you help us to keep our life saving support services afloat? We are appealing for regular monthly donors. It could be £5, £10, £15…..every penny truly counts.

£25 provides one therapy sessions

£45 proves one information drop in

£80 will pay for one talk to a school

£300 provides short term intervention for someone

We need your help

If you or anyone you know have been effected by our work, or believe in what we’re doing then please consider getting behind us and making a one off or monthly donation.

We fund our work 77% ourselves by fundraising and sales and we don’t want to turn anyone away. We need your help and people need ours.

Click this link for more information and to make a monthly donation: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

If you would like to talk to a member of the team about how you can donate or fundraise for us, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk or call Chloe on 0115 934 8445.

John Lewis & Waitrose supporting 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.

Barbecue & Blues Band Extravaganza @ The Cross Keys in Burton Joyce – 28th May 2017 from 12pm

Everyone is welcome to come and chill at a Barbecue & Blues Band extravaganza, featuring “Webbo and the Soft Boys” at The Cross Keys, Burton Joyce on Sunday 28th May from 12 noon.

There will be a fabulous menu be you a Carnivore or Herbivore, details to follow.

This is in Support of the Henry Chowdhury fund, setup to highlight the need for improved mental health services for young people locally. All profits from this bash will go to Harmless, providing self harm and suicide prevention support to those in need, their friends, families and professionals.

Are you Surviving or Thriving? #MHAW17

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW17, Harmless Training Team have delivered a number of sessions, including

  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training in Nottingham
  • Level 3 Advanced Working with Self Harm in Derbyshire
  • Presenting at Mental Health Today Conference in Cardiff
  • Mental Health First Aid Lite (MHFALite) in Nottingham
  • A workshop on Self Care and Resilience in Nottingham
  • Training for Managers – Mental Health in Nottingham

Wow! That was a busy, but imperative week.

The workshop for Managers took place on 11th May. Due to the stigma surrounding mental health, what better way to try and tackle this, than providing training on how to support staff in the workplace, experiencing mental ill health.

Within the workshop we discussed a range of things, however some key points we covered were;

  • What are some signs and symptoms of depression in the workplace
  • How can we reduce stigma in the workplace and in wider society
  • The benefits of supporting staff in the workplace

There were lots of in depth discussions about what is currently being done in various settings around the city, to support staff in the workplace, experiencing low mental wellbeing or mental health conditions.

But what about our Managers? What about their wellbeing? Are they surviving or thriving? They look out for their staff on a day to day basis, what are they doing to ensure they are looking after their own wellbeing?

As it is #MHAW17, I decided I would ask them to write up and share some of their self care activities that they have upcoming. Activities that ensures they are looking after and supporting themselves, just as they support others in the workplace.

An enormous thank you to the Lush Nottingham team

Thank you to the NOTTS Lush team for their wonderful workshop that kick started our Mental Health Awareness Week of events. The event was full and the feedback sung their praises.

To coincide with this years Mental Health Foundation’s theme of ‘surviving to thriving’ we decided to carefully construct a week of events focussing on #SelfCare. With creativity during the event perfect to nurture our emotional wellbeing, and then with being able to take the bath products home made the work shop perfect for #SelfCare.

The group made strawberry swirl bath products and were treated to hand and arm massages, a very relaxing day!!

“Kneading the ‘dough’ for the Lush product was super therapeutic and I also enjoyed swirling the pink and white dough together to make the classic cone shape for the Comforter Bubble Bar – taking it home was a bonus as it has filled my house and car with its wonderful aroma! Many thanks to Lush and the Harmless team”

Here are some photos of the event:

Thank you again to the lovely team and we hope to work with you again in the future.

WORKSHOPS… available during Mental Health Awareness Week

Internet Safety & Emotional Wellbeing

10am – 11am

Wednesday 10th May 2017

Would you like to know more about Internet use, how to identify risk factors and protect you, or your loved ones from harm?

Join us Wednesday 10th May BOOK NOW: admin@harmless.org.uk

Self care & Resilience

1pm – 2pm

Wednesday 10th May 2017

 

Do you find yourself feeling run down?  Is your work/life balance a nightmare? Self care is a necessity not a luxury! Join us at looking at how you can give back to yourself. 

Join us Wednesday 10th May BOOK NOW: admin@harmless.org.uk

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2017: Why is it so important and how you can get involved?

Mental health awareness week is so important because despite 1 in 4 of us experiencing problems, the topic is still surrounded by a lot of stigma and discrimination. Just as we all strive for good physical health, our mental health and wellbeing should be equally important.

So many people in the UK are struggling without help and it’s only through raising awareness, education and communication that we can challenge stigma and start to have these conversations. It’s so important to talk.

As a society it’s so important to challenge the stigma and discrimination because it doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender or even your job: mental health doesn’t discriminate, anyone can be effected. With 1 in 4 of us being effected at some time in our life, it’s important to consider the wider impact on friends and family, because actually that would mean most of society will be effected in some way.

How to get involved

At Harmless we have carefully constructed a week of events (8-14th May) to coincide with this years Mental Health Awareness Week & it’s theme: surviving to thriving. We will be having our own focus on self-care and have teamed up with LUSH, Hotpod yoga, Super+Super and Cafe Sobar.

We are also holding an open day for anyone to pop in for a coffee, meet the team and find out about what we do. During the day we are also putting on two workshops around emotional health and wellbeing, resilience and internet safety.

Throughout the week we will be challenging stigma and discrimination in a positive and productive way, all whilst raising life saving funds for Harmless services.

If you’d like to get involved you can go onto our website, Facebook or Twitter pages for more info. Or email chloe@harmless.org.uk

Could you support us to keep our services afloat?

The support services that we offer to people in crisis is a vital aspect of our work and yet we don’t have ongoing funding for much of this work.

Much of our crisis and therapeutic work is in need of supporters and fundraisers to enable us to keep helping people who can’t get this help from anywhere else.

Currently, regular donations enable us to provide 2 crisis sessions a month to people who would otherwise not get the help that they need. This isn’t a lot, but it really is important work. We have many people who aren’t able to receive our help and we hate having to turn people away.

There are many ways that you could help us to increase the number of people that we are able to help. Could you undertake your own fund raising activity – people have undertaken personal challenges, ran half marathons and held cake sales, all in the name of raising money for our work?

You can set up a fundraiser page here: https://localgiving.org/fundraisers

If you are not able to undertake a fundraiser; could you sign up to a regular donation via direct debit? Signing up to an amount that you are able to commit to on a monthly basis means that an amount as small or large as you are able to help with, will go directly to helping people.  By giving in this way you are helping us to save lives – what could be more rewarding?

You can sign up here: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/

‘when I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’

If you would like to contact us to discuss fundraising for us, please email us at info@harmless.org.uk.

The role of friends and our mental health

A few days ago my friend sent me an article titled: “To the friends who loved me unconditionally when I hit rock bottom”, and I’ve been thinking about it since. What kept coming to mind was the powerful and often unappreciated role friendships play on our lives.

“Thank you for all the times that you showed me warmth, the random hugs that you graced me with because you knew something was up even if I didn’t tell you anything”.

For me, this particular line really resonated, it shows the real importance of true friendships and the fact that sometimes they ‘just know’. Friends love you unconditionally, even at times when you don’t love yourself. They reassure us that life does get better, there is hope and they will always be by our side to remind us. I for one am truly grateful for my friend and was really touched when I was sent this article.

After reading this article it led me think about how many people don’t feel able to talk to someone, the devastating effect this would have and what we can do to change it.

Yesterday Professor Louis Appleby released new statistics stating that in 2016 there were 4,540 suicides in England. These statistics make suicide the leading cause of death in young people in the UK and also shows those over 45 are at greatest risk. With the rate of suicides at 4,540, that’s 4,540 more deaths than there should have been. This ultimately shows is the need for support, the need to challenge stigma around mental health and that starts at home.

Let friend’s know it’s okay to talk...you’re there for them to listen, without judgment.

Being open around mental health challenges stigma in a positive light and may be all a friend needs to be comfortable in asking for our help.

When someone is struggling with their mental health they may become distant, cancel plans and want to see us less than usual. However, this is when friendships play a key role and is exactly when maintaining friendships are so important.

The mental health foundation says: If you’re the friend of someone with a mental health problem, you may be concerned about them. The most important thing is to tell them that you’re still their friend. If your friend is comfortable with being touched, a hug shows that you care about them and that you accept them whatever problems they are having.

“My friend asked me questions, didn’t just assume things, she really wanted to know.”

Take your cue from your friend. Are they comfortable with questions or would they rather talk about something else? Don’t promise things you may not be able to deliver. How can you help them best?

If you’re the friend, the most valuable support you can provide is just being there to talk and listen. People really appreciate that their friends have made time to contact them, visit them and invite them round.

These are five steps that research shows can help people with mental health problems:

■            Assess risk of suicide or self-harm

■            Listen non-judgmentally

■            Give reassurance and information

■            Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help

■            Encourage self-help strategies.

Because we understand the importance of self care & thriving we decided to create a week long agenda, during mental health awareness week, to support the community around us. You don’t need to be a service user to attend, every individual is welcome. Here at Harmless we understand that mental health doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

“Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

At Harmless we encourage self-care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care!

All our workshops are held in a safe, non judgmental environment, perfect to make new friends or support an already blossoming friendship.

Click this link to book onto one of our activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=99