CANCELLED – Talk and Ride – our next fundraiser featuring the Corndodgers

The Corndodgers

Sadly, Karen has had to cancel her cycle ride, and all associated events have also been cancelled. Karen will continue her work to raise awareness of suicide risks, and we hope she will be able to carry out her cycle ride later this year, in which case we will do our best to stage this fundraiser in association with that.


Local band The Corndodgers (folk/rock) will be playing at The Chapel, at the Angel Microbrewery on Stoney Street in Nottingham’s Lace Market, on Monday March 23rd from 8pm. They will be supported by Cookie and Paul Carbuncle (folk/punk). The gig is free entry, donate what you can to help Harmless and The Tomorrow Project.

This event is part of Karen Spencer’s “Talk and Ride” awareness and fundraising cycle ride from Manchester to Lefkada in Greece – that’s 3600km! She is doing this in memory of her son, who died by suicide in 2019, to spark conversations about and support for self harm and suicide prevention and awareness. Along the way Karen will make contact with as many people and support agencies as she can to connect and raise awareness.

Karen says: “When a loved one dies, the loss is shattering. When that loved one took their own life or died through self-harming, or drugs, people just don’t know what to say. But it’s those conversations that keep memories alive and allow us to come to terms with how we can live our lives with them still with us, even if they don’t journey by our side any more.”

Come along and support Karen and The Tomorrow Project, and have a good evening while you’re at it!

Support Errol who is raising vital funds for Harmless by running the 40 mile Ultra-Marathon

Errol was in a dark place, but he recovered with the help of his running club. Now he plans to run his first ultra-marathon (that’s 40 miles!) on Saturday 9th May, and he’s raising money for Harmless. We’re impressed, humbled, and extremely grateful.

Here’s what Errol has to say:

“Hi, my name is Errol. I am currently training to run the Dukeries 40mile ultra-marathon, the run is around Clumber Park and Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. Although, as I’m finding out, ultras are all about finishing and not about times, I’m secretly hoping to get around in 7 hours. Just two years ago this would have been totally impossible, as up until January 9th 2018 I had not even began running.

The years preceding this point I had been lost in a battle with mental illness after quite a severe breakdown. This had taken everything from me, I had become a virtual recluse in my worst times. The side-effects of the medication had taken me over 20st. and due to self-medicating I had become addicted to alcohol.

Slowly and with much help I had started to turn the corner and was finding recovery, but it wasn’t until my teenage daughter called me fat and lazy in a teenage rant that I decided to try do something about how I had ended up physically.

In early 2018 I took up a running club’s c25k program. The first few weeks were horrid, both mentally and physically. I could barely run half a mile after two decades of very little cardio, but the support I got from the running club really helped get me going. I soon realized my recovery was going better the more I ran, so I took to doing it as much as I could. It’s been a fight all the way but one I have totally enjoyed. It’s a journey that’s helping me get good recovery and maybe helping me get back into the world.

I’m never going to be a great runner or a fast runner after the fights I have had, but after I learned what ultra-marathons were I just knew I wanted to test myself to find my limits and to get over them, and see some great countryside. If I can survive mental health battles and addictions why not try to push myself in something I’m beginning to love? And that’s helping save me

I was unsure about linking my first ultra to raising money for a charity, as I have become quite isolated over my illness and I was unsure it would go well, but I witnessed something on the way home the other day that was both extremely upsetting and sad to see, but also triggering to me and was a stark reminder of where the darkness can take people, especially concerning suicide.

Someone I know mentioned Harmless, and as soon as I looked into it I decided to try help if I could. It took ages for me to seek any kind of help, but without the help out there with mental health groups, therapy and my running club I wouldn’t be here today. I definitely wouldn’t be trying to run a 40mile ultra (gulp). The fact there are charities out there like Harmless will save lives. I just hope I can raise as much as I can for them.”

For more information about the race, go to www.hobopace.co.uk/dukeries-30-40/

If you’d like to support Errol and Harmless, go to www.localgiving.org/fundraising/my1stultra/ and help Errol smash his target!

“Women: A Photographic Exhibition”, a fundraiser to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020

Harmless is proud to announce that they will be holding a photographic exhibition and spoken word event at Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020. This critical event will raise the profile of female suicide by celebrating diversity in womanhood.

Recent statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show that in 2017 there were 6,507 registered suicides in the UK. 75% of these were men. The suicide rate in 2018 (11.2 deaths per 100,000) was 11.8% higher than in 2017 – the first increase since 2013.

The suicide rate among females aged 10–24 years has increased significantly to its highest recorded level since 1981. From 2017 to 2018 the rate increased by 18%, and it has increased by 83% since 2012.

Harmless has been quietly working on the next phase of their ‘everyone’s.business’ awareness project. Responding to the new statistics about suicide, they have been focusing their work around the often unmet needs of women and will be hosting the first national conference on female suicide on Friday 28th February 2020.

In an effort to raise the conversation about female suicide, this year their photographic project focuses upon the specific needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of women in a celebration of womanhood.

This event gives the general public their first chance to view the exhibition and to find out more about mental health issues and Harmless.

“The photographic project is focused upon exploring what it means to be a woman, looking at the individuality of womanhood and paying attention to the needs, vulnerabilities and strengths of women as we try to raise the profile of female suicide. Together, let’s celebrate humanity and the strengths of women in all walks of life, united in our difference.” Caroline Harroe, CEO Harmless

Spoken word performances will be presented by SANE SISTAS, a collective of women sharing lived experience of surviving trauma and adversity. Featured performers include Ravelle-Sadé, Sunita Third and Micha Bradshaw. There will also be music from Holly Fallon.

Harmless has worked closely on this project with well-respected local photographer Thomas Griffiths, who is based in Nottingham City Centre, and who has worked tirelessly on this exhibition. The collaboration shows the importance of community and local support, and working together to make a difference.

The exhibition will be open from 1pm on Sunday March 8th at Backlit Gallery, with a spoken word event, bar and welcome drinks from 4pm.

To register your interest, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-women-photographic-exhibition-tickets-92339436741

Harmless is the Nevile Arms Charity of the Year 2020!

This morning our colleague Pippa visited the Nevile Arms in Kinoulton to meet with staff about the exciting news that they have made us their Charity of the Year. It’s a lovely local pub in a small village to the south-east of Nottingham which offers a friendly atmosphere, good food, and has a thriving community. Last year they held a vote on Facebook, and their followers overwhelmingly voted for us.

They say:

“In a society where more and more people are suffering from mental health problems, Raw Pubs Ltd are thrilled to announce that they are supporting Nottinghamshire social enterprise Harmless. Over the next 12 months we will aim to raise as much money as possible to help make a difference and raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.

As a business which serves a community, for some people, we may be the only people they see for days at a time! This is why, with the help of Harmless, we are planning to educate staff on the signs of mental health issues, suicide prevention and helping those at risk of self harm.

The next 12 months are going to be a really exciting time for Harmless and Raw Pubs to see what we can do in a partnership and try to help our community, as well as those who need the service Harmless provides.”

We are looking forward to returning there to talk about what we do, take part in their fundraising Music Quiz, and meet more of the staff and locals.

For more information about the Nevile Arms, see their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/NevileArmsKinoultonRP/

Thank you Happy Daze!

All of us here at Harmless & The Tomorrow Project would like to extend a big thank you to Alex and Craig Earley who run the Happy Daze shop in Beeston.

They have been doing some amazing fundraising in the form of a raffle over the past couple of months  to raise money for The Tomorrow Project.

They had a target of £500 but have totally smashed it to raise a fantastic £618 for our suicide prevention services!

Thank you to both Alex and Craig and to all those who purchased tickets for the raffle. Your amazing support really does help us to support more people in need and help us in our mission to save lives.

A massive THANK YOU to Joey Collins and everyone involved

From everyone here at Harmless & The Tomorrow Project, we would like to extend our thanks to Joey Collins and all those involved in the mental health fundraiser which took place at Rough Trade in Nottingham last week.

The event brought together 5 music acts who put on a gig to support mental health and raise money for our services.

It is with support like this that we are able to continue supporting those in the community who need us most, helping us to create a brighter future for many.

The acts that performed on the night included:

The event helped to raise awareness of mental health while also raising money meaning we can help to support more people who self harm, are in suicide crisis or who have been bereaved by suicide. Your support really does save lives!

Only 7 days left to vote for The Tomorrow Project for the People’s Projects!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE TOMORROW PROJECT!

The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award in the Central East region. The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK. We have the chance to win a share of £150,000.

The Tomorrow Project, run by Harmless, was set up in Nottinghamshire after a high number of suicides. The project offers support to individuals in crisis and at risk of suicide, as well as supporting those bereaved through suicide. Since 2012, we have had hundreds of referrals. Many of our clients have openly told us we’ve saved their lives.

We know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally, it is the leading cause of death in 5-49 year old males, and the most at-risk group are 40-44 year olds. But, did you know that there is a peak in suicides for those aged 75 and over? The risk of suicide in older adults is phenomenally high, and we want to do more to support them. Many existing therapeutic services exclude those who are suicidal, and most deaths to suicide occur in those who have no know mental health need.

Now more than ever, we need your support to help us win a share of the funding to sustain and expand our life-saving project. We need to offer individuals who are facing issues of isolation, relationship and employment challenges and health needs a safe place. With your vote, we can do just that.

Voting opened on Monday 16th April, and closes on Monday 30th April. Visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/the-tomorrow-project to find our project, and look out for more information from us on our social media platforms, including stories from individuals supported through the project.

The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award – we need your votes!

We are thrilled to announce that The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a People’s Projects award in the Central East region. The People’s Projects is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV and The National Lottery that gives the public a say in awarding National Lottery funding to local projects across the UK. We have the chance to win a share of £150,000.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR THE TOMORROW PROJECT!

The Tomorrow Project, run by Harmless, was set up in Nottinghamshire after a high number of suicides. The project offers support to individuals in crisis and at risk of suicide, as well as supporting those bereaved through suicide. Since 2012, we have had hundreds of referrals. Many of our clients have openly told us we’ve saved their lives.

We know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally, it is the leading cause of death in 5-49 year old males, and the most at-risk group are 40-44 year olds. But, did you know that there is a peak in suicides for those aged 75 and over? The risk of suicide in older adults is phenomenally high, and we want to do more to support them. Many existing therapeutic services exclude those who are suicidal, and most deaths to suicide occur in those who have no know mental health need.

Now more than ever, we need your support to help us win a share of the funding to sustain and expand our life-saving project. We need to offer individuals who are facing issues of isolation, relationship and employment challenges and health needs a safe place. With your vote, we can do just that.

Voting opens on Monday 16th April, and closes on Monday 30th April. Visit https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/the-tomorrow-project to find our project, and look out for more information from us on our social media platforms, including stories from individuals supported through the project.

Give a helping hand to those who need it

Here at Harmless & the Tomorrow Project we provide lifesaving support to those who self harm and those who are at risk or bereaved by suicide. But we can only provide these services with your help.

Support from the community is vital, through means such as donations and fundraising. From these acts of generosity and kindness we are able to provide support to those who really need it, helping to create a real sense of hope for vulnerable people.

One off donations

If you would like to make a one off donation, you can do so through our LocalGiving pages at the following links:

Harmless: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/

Tomorrow Project: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/project/tomorrowproject/

Monthly donations

If you would like to continually support our work, you can set up a regular donation at this link: https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

Fundraising

If you would like to become one of our fantastic fundraisers, whether you have an idea for a fundraising activity or would like to talk to us about how you can set one up, please contact us using the details at the end of this blog. Whether it be a sponsored sky dive, a coffee morning, or even a fun day, we would love to hear from you with your thoughts.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us about how you can support us or about the work we do, please contact us using any of the methods below:

Email: info@harmless.org.uk

Phone: 0115 880 0280

Facebook: @HarmlessUK or @harmlessthetomorrowproject

Twitter: @HarmlessUK or @lifevsuicide

Join us to celebrate 11 years of Harmless!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

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

Tickets:
£35.00 Early Bird offer (Ends on 30th April 2018)
£40 per person (Standard price)

The Event:
An evening of celebration including a three course meal, raffle, auction, games & live music

Dress code:
Smart

The purpose:
To raise enough money to save more lives!

The celebration evening will mark a milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 11th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!

For more information or to book tickets please visit our online shop below or contact us:

Tickets: www.harmless.org.uk/store
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk
Phone: 0115 880 0280