NEW Creative Therapy Group

Harmless will be running their next Adult Creative Therapy group in June 2017. The creative therapy group will be for individuals aged from 18 years onwards, with weekly sessions focusing on expression of emotions, connections and self esteem. 

The aim of the creative therapy group is to assist people to find a way of expression that helps them connect with their emotions. This will include techniques that can be used for self expression and personal growth. 

The Creative Therapy Group sessions will be held weekly on a Wednesday Evening 5 pm until 7 pm.

If you know of any adult who you think would be interested in attending this group, or to find out more information, please feel free to contact info@harmless.org.uk

Therapeutic Support Services

Harmless provide free therapeutic support to both adults and young people. Our age range covers from 11 years up to 70 years. We provide both long term and short term therapy:

  • Short term therapy may last up to 12 sessions with reviews.
  • Long term therapy can last up to 2 years with reviews.

We provide short term community outreach therapeutic clinics in for both adults and children for up to 12 sessions.

We offer monthly drop in support sessions creating a relaxed atmosphere, offering information and advice.

  • Young Person (11-21Yrs) Wednesday 31st May 2017 4 – 5 pm
  • Adult (18+ Yrs) Wednesday 7th June 2017 4 – 5 pm.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

We provide monthly a Crisis Café, where people can come along for some informal support.

  • Our next Crisis Café is Wednesday 14th June 3.30 – 4.30 pm

We offer skype provision, so that people from out of the area wishing to receive remote support can have skype sessions.

If you would like any more information, please email us at info@harmless.org.uk.

Would you like to join the Harmless & Let’s Talk Training team?

We are currently recruiting for the following position to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis:

MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017, with interviews to take place  w/c 24th July 2017

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: MHFA Trainer

Hours: Bank Staff

Remuneration:

  • £150 per day (£300 per 2-day delivery)
  • 25p per mile travel
  • Hotel accommodation for night of Day one (Booked By Harmless)

 

IMPORTANT: FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE 

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

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.

In the News: Facebook and Twitter ‘harm young people’s mental health’

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.

Instagram has the most negative impact on young people’s mental wellbeing, a survey of almost 1,500 14- to 24-year-olds found, and the health groups accused it of deepening young people’s feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.

The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful. Among the five only YouTube was judged to have a positive impact.

The four platforms have a negative effect because they can exacerbate children’s and young people’s body image worries, and worsen bullying, sleep problems and feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness, the participants said.

 

To read the full article, please click the following link:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/19/popular-social-media-sites-harm-young-peoples-mental-health

Self-Care Sundays

The day of rest, the day of roasts.

This Sunday, why not take some time to look after yourself?

Have brunch with a friend. Take the dog for a walk. Take your family to the park. Bake a cake and eat the whole thing (if you don’t cut it… it counts as one piece). Do some gardening. Treat yourself to a new outfit.

Self care is so important. We often don’t take the time out we deserve. We put our needs aside and focus on someone else’s.

Why don’t you simply devote this Sunday to loving yourself more?

We would love to hear about your self care!

Mental Health Today – Wales #MHTWales17

Last week I was invited to speak at the Mental Health Today conference in Cardiff. I set off on the Tuesday afternoon to make my way and was greeted to Wales with sun filled valleys and lush, green hill tops- what a sight!

As I entered Cardiff the scenery changed to a hive of activity, with tall buildings and busy people. I found my way through the traffic to my destination, the Premier Inn. With the extra excuse of it being Mental Health Awareness week I made sure I had a delicious hot meal and enjoyed a bubble bath with my first Lush (Handmade cosmetics) bath bomb.

With approximately 400 people attending the conference I was excited to mingle and meet new faces. The day of the conference was one of inspiration and hope. So many people and so many experiences to share! One particular presentation from Cyfle Cymru really stuck out for me, with a service user sharing their story with us. He mentioned the importance of creating space to do the things we want to do and taking the time to understand what getting well meant. I felt this message was such an important one for all of us to take note of. If we are to thrive it is essential we let ourselves explore what this looks like and how it will be done.

Before long it was my turn to present. Many people tell me I am confident when presenting, something I still struggle to accept after many years of managing my anxiety. As many of you may agree it is surprising just how much can go through your mind before you step up to speak. One of the last thoughts I had, whilst taking deep breaths and walking up to the stand, was how awe-inspiring it was to have so many people gathered together in one space all with the same mission to help improve the lives of those with mental health conditions- and I was lucky enough to contribute to this.

The whole day radiated hope and drive for constant change and I look forward to experiencing more of this atmosphere again at our own National conference on the 1st March, From Harm to Hope.

For more feedback on what took place at Mental Health Today and to read the interview I had on how best to support those who self harm please click here.

For more information on our own conference, From Harm to Hope email: admin@harmless.org.uk

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

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.

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

Nurturing our wellbeing & self-help – top tips

With the theme of surviving to thriving during this years Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to share with you our top tips to nurture your own mental health, and why it is so important to use self-help strategies. Instead of just

Mental Health First Aid says: “Not all help can or should be provided by specialists in mental health care, or indeed by primary care staff.  As well as having proven therapeutic effects, self-help strategies also help people to feel that they are regaining control of their lives and doing something positive for themselves. Often what people need is support to access a range of good-quality materials”.

Here are our top tips…

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. Heres 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

-  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.

 

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 class

Learn a new word every day

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.