2016 Annual Celebration Event

Friday 7th saw our 9th anniversary of Harmless. The night was buzzing with excitement and the venue was a remarkable space for us to celebrate our work.

My role that evening was to guide everyone through the night. I felt very privileged to do so and very nervous to be hosting such a significant Harmless event. My colleagues, as always, were incredibly supportive and as a team we worked together to ensure the night was a memorable one. We were very fortunate this year to have in attendance the High Sheriff, Judy Naake, and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham both of whom have been big supporters of the work we do. 

There was a delicious three course meal and as we ate we were all serenaded by Polly and her colleague Iian with their wonderful music. A poignant part of the night was when Kate shared with us her personal experience of self harm. It is one thing to speak to one individual about something personal and quite another to speak to a whole room full of people. Kate’s bravery was felt by all of us that night and certainly demonstrated the significance of our service.

The night continued to be a great success with Hayley providing us with some Spoken word poetry, inspiring the poet in us all! Each year so much work and dedication goes into organising the event and ensuring our supporters enjoy themselves. We at Harmless are our supporters’ biggest fans, as without their support we would not have got to where we have today. A big thank you goes to Kate, Hayley and Polly for their time and contributions in making the night even more special.

Our annual event is an important night. It not only raises vital funds to save lives but it also provides us with an opportunity to stop and celebrate the successes throughout the year. Harmless is an extraordinary service and I am very proud to be a part of it.

Next year we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. We hope to see familiar faces again and if you haven’t attended before then we invite you and those you know to join us for a wonderful night next year!

From Harm to Hope Conference Reflection from Val Stevens, Harmless Therapist

Harmless recently celebrated the success of our first national self harm conference, From Harm to Hope. The conference brought together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations who contributed by sharing their experiences.

We were lucky enough to hear the contributions from leading academics and professionals in the area of self harm and suicide prevention.

Keith Waters was the chair for the day, enlightening us with his expert knowledge, conducting question and answer sessions and ensuring that the day ran smoothly .

Our very own C.E.O, Caroline Harroe, provided a motivating presentation surrounding the importance of the five key themes of the conference. These being driving change, overcoming stigma and discrimination, collaborative partnership, service user representation and effective practice.

Dr Christabel Owens presented a thought provoking account of her understanding in developing interventions that help people to manage their own self harming behaviour and the role that plays in educating health professionals.

Karen Lascelles, a Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse with 23 years experience who specialises in areas of self harm and suicide who gave an interesting and detailed account of her work which aims to advance the understanding of self harm, suicidal behaviour and prevention.

Dr James Roe, a lead researcher on the e-DASH study, and Harriet Ball shared their research into the electronic delivery of problem solving CBT for depression in adolescents and young adults who self harm. This aims to determine the acceptable ways of engaging and retaining adolescents and young adults (aged 16-30) in a remotely delivered problem solving CBT. The research aims to find out whether a remotely delivered problem solving CBT is clinically effective and cost effective in comparison to usual care. They will work with clinicians, commissioners and service uses to carry quantitative analysis in identifying barriers, drivers and success in the delivery of psychological interventions.

I attended a stimulating workshop delivered by Dr Ellen Townsend and Dr Ruth Wadman entitled Risky Business? Involving young people in research on self harm and suicidality. They explained how in the Listen Up research project putting young people at the centre of the project was very important. This was done by engaging with key organisations that young people were involved with, creating a young person advisory group. This enabled them to gain insights into some of the key factors such as psychological factors, environmental factors, relationships and emotional literacy.

Keith Waters who has 25 years of clinical experience in self harm and suicide prevention working as a mental health nurse in A&E explained how his practice influences research drawing on his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm, and EMHSRN, which demonstrated how existing data collected can help inform responses such as helping make policy decisions.

Harmless’ first national self harm conference, From Harm to Hope, a great success

Yesterday, Harmless were proud to launch our first National Self harm conference, From Harm to Hope.

Harmless were keen to help establish Nottingham and The East Midlands as a centre of excellence for self harm. The conference delivered a message of hope and focused on five key themes: collaborative partnership, service user representation, effective practice, driving change and overcoming stigma and discrimination.

From all of us here at Harmless, we would like to thank all our amazing speakers for their thought-provoking and inspiring presentations. Throughout the morning we heard inspirational presentations from Dr Ellen Townsend, Dr Christabel Owens, Karen Lascelles, Fiona Brand, Charlotte Ball, Dr James Roe, Harriet Ball and our C.E.O Caroline Harroe.  We would also like to say a special thank you to our chair on the day, Keith Waters, who ensured that the proceedings went without a hitch, while providing us with his valuable knowledge and experience in the process.

We would also like to thank all of those who presented workshops in the afternoon of the conference. These include Dr Ellen Townsend, Dr Ruth Wadman, Anne Garland, Keith Waters, Jenny Ness, Marie Armstrong, Pam Burrows, Hayley Green, and our very own Trainers, Sophie Allen & Sarah Kessling.

The whole team here at Harmless are very proud of what we have achieved and would like to thank all of the delegates for joining us and being part of the day. The conference enabled us to share knowledge and research in the field of Self Harm meaning that we can all be in a better position to help those who need it in the most effective way possible, echoing the message “Change will happen if we believe it can”.

We have already started planning for next year’s self harm conference, which will be on Wednesday 1st March 2017, as we look to build on the success of yesterday.

 

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016

OFFER EXTENDED BUT SELLING FAST

Due to popularity and increased sponsorship we have extended the following offer:

Two delegate Places for £200*

*Usual Price £150 per delegate place. A saving of £100 per two places. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available.

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

 

Self Harm Conference, 1st March 2016: Free sponsored places now available

FREE SPONSORED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE

We have now secured sponsorship for a number of conference places from a selection of Community Champions. We are now inviting applications for these free places. So far, your Community Champions include Nottingham City Transport, Indo-African Agricultural Capital and Capital One, with the possibility of more to be announced soon.

If you would like to attend our conference in one of these free places, you will need to complete an application form which you can download using the red button below. 

All applications must be submitted to jack@harmless.org.uk no later than Monday 8th February 2016. Any late submissions may not be considered.

Please click here to download our Sponsored Places Application Form

Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee you a free place. All applications will be considered by Harmless management and you will be informed if you have been successful. If you do not hear back from us, please assume you have not been successful. 

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Tuesday 1st March 2016

£150 per delegate place

 

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016

SPECIAL DELEGATE RATE

AVAILABLE UNTIL 29TH JANUARY 2016

Two delegate Places for £200*

 

Places must be booked by 29th January 2016 to receive this offer.

*Usual Price £150 per delegate place. A saving of £100 per two places. Price will rise to £150 per delegate after the offer has ended. There is a limited number of discounted tickets available.

 

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Forthcoming Excitement… Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope, 1st March 2016.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016 and with the New Year I wish to share my enthusiasm for March 1st, if there is any date to write in your diary it is this one. Mark your calendars, write in your dairies and tap into your smart phones and tablets, March 1st From Harm to Hope.

Come Tuesday 1st March Nottingham Conference Centre will be holding Harmless’ first national conference, From Harm to Hope. Suitably our conference is in line with Self harm awareness day and our aim is to drive change, raise awareness and share effective practise.

The day itself looks to be one of the most exciting events yet with various professionals coming from all over the country to speak, Dr Ellen Townsend, Dr Christabel Owens and Karen Lascelles are to name but a few.

To give you a small taster of what is to come Karen Lascelles, Fiona Brand and Charlotte Ball from Oxford Health NHS trust will be reflecting upon the successes, challenges and outcomes of how the self harm team in a busy city Emergency Department of a general hospital work collaboratively with staff and service users to develop a clinic focusing on prevention and problem solving. These speakers will be followed by a variety of interactive workshops in the afternoon.

During our lead up to the conference there will of course be lots of coverage on both our Facebook and Twitter sites. We would greatly appreciate your support in helping us to spread these links far and wide by re-tweeting and sharing on your own sites. We want to get as many people talking about Self Harm as possible, in order to promote better understanding and support.

So book a place and join us on March 1st for an innovative, thought provoking and inspiring day.

Contact: jack@harmless.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Self Harm Conference: January Sale – 2 for £200

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Tuesday 1st March 2016

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NEW YEAR LIMITED TIME OFFER

Two delegate Places for £200*

Places must be booked by 15th January 2016 to receive this offer.

 Contact jack@harmless.org.uk to book.

*Usual Price £150 per delegate place. A saving of £100 per two places. Price will rise to £150 per delegate after the offer has ended.

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Regular Price £150 per delegate place.

 

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of our launch event conference is empowering communities through collaboration.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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.

Speakers:

We are happy to confirm that Time to Change will be joining us at our 1st national self harm conference and will be providing the opening remarks. Associate Professor Dr Ellen Townsend from the University of Nottingham will also be joining us and will be sharing current findings from the DoH funded Listen Up! Project looking at self harm in looked after children and young people.

Dr Christabel Owens, Senior Research Fellow from the University of Exeter, will be joining us to speak about children and young people’s experiences of accessing A&E and Karen Lascelles (Suicide Prevention Lead Nurse) and her team from Oxford NHS Team will be sharing their perspectives on brief interventions with those that self harm.

Keith Waters, Clinical Advisor (Suicide Prevention) at East Midlands Academic Health Science Network will be joining us and speaking alongside our CEO, Caroline Harroe, who will be encouraging a diverse and engaging programme for professionals and carers interested in the field of self harm to learn and benefit from current thinking, information, best practice and advice.

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant to CAMHS (specialist self-harm team) will bring her expertise in working with young people that self harm and families and the programme is also extremely lucky to host our colleague Hayley Green from Write Minds, who will be running a spoken word workshop on the day to demonstrate the effectiveness of employing the arts in the treatment of self harm and mental health difficulties. Dr James Roe & Harriet Ball from the University of Nottingham will also be discussing the progress of their e-DASH: Depressions and self harm study.

 

Workshops:

  • Harmless – Sophie Allen: Building resilience – Brief interventions when working towards recovery.
  • Harmless – Sarah Kessling: Risk Assessment and Intervention for high risk groups.
  • Write Minds – Hayley Green: Unlocking the tales within: Explore the way writing and performance poetry can help give vulnerable people a voice.
  • Anne Garland: Listening without prejudice: making psychological sense of self-harm within a cognitive-behavioural formulation.
  • Marie Armstrong: The social context of young people and self-harm
  • Dr Ellen Townsend: Psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people.
  • Self Injury Support: Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – how can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?
  • Keith Waters: Drawing from his experience on the NSPA, the multi-centre study for self harm & EMHSRN this workshop will demonstrate what we already know & demonstrate how existing data collected can help to inform responses
  • Self Harm Focus Group: Be Involved! Public Engagement in Self Harm Focus Group.
  • Hannah Heath: Co-creating a resource for the friends of those who self-harm: A collaborative enterprise.
  • Pam Burrows: How to Feel Good…even on a bad day.

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email jack@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Harmless Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016. Now inviting submissions for contributors

Launching our first national conference examining effective service provision and practice for people that self harm: current thinking and implications for practice.

We are now inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the conference, please see below for details.
The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October.

Tuesday 1st March 2016
Nottingham Conference Centre

Who we are:

Harmless is a user led service which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. We are committed to saving lives and giving a voice to those unheard. Harmless launched in 2007 and was set up by people who understand self harm. At the heart of our service is a real sense of hope, we know with the right support, and help life can get better. Find out more about Harmless by looking on our website www.harmless.org.uk

Self harm is everyone’s business:

Over 1 in 10 people are affected by self harm. Self harm does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Popular culture would have you believe that it is predominantly young girls who self harm; findings suggest that in fact for the age range of mid 30′s in men represent the majority of people attending Accident and Emergency for the treatment of self harm. Given this, we will only save more lives if all parts of society work together.

We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and for speakers during the conference.
The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October.
All workshops will be an hour in length.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at info@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 934 8445.

Event details:

The theme of this year’s conference is empowering communities through collaboration; recognising that reducing the number of individuals who self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work. This event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm, professionals and practitioners in self harm prevention.

Guidance for session proposals:

The conference is themed around five areas; Collaborative partnership, service user representation, effective practice, driving change & overcoming stigma and discrimination. Proposals put forward must relate to at least one of these areas. Subjects for each area are noted but proposals do not need to be limited to these subjects. Sessions can include presentations of services, projects or activities, presentations of academic research or hosted discussions.

Additional Information:

All proposals received will be reviewed by a panel of Harmless members which will agree on the final programme of sessions. As there are only a limited number of slots available, we regret that it may not be possible to accommodate all proposals received.

Session proposals will be assessed against the following criteria
Proposals must:

  • Demonstrate some evidence-base and where appropriate, show that services, models of working or projects have undergone an evaluation.
  • Demonstrate good practice,
  • Set out ways in which other individuals or organisations can potentially adapt or learn from your work or set out how learning from your work can benefit others and their service users,
  • Demonstrate collaborative working.

Sessions should have at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion and be interactive wherever possible.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about our ‘From Harm to Hope’ Conference or to book tickets, please contact Harmless using the following details:

Visit our online shop here

Emailinfo@harmless.org.uk

Telephone: 0115 934 8445