Harmless speak on talkRADIO about self harm

In the busy lead up to Christmas we were approached by a number of radio stations. This was in response to the published Self harm stats from the NSPCC which highlighted that 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after harming themselves last year – a 14% rise over three years (for more on those stats please click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38252335).

I spoke with talkRADIO about self harm and appropriate ways to support and respond to individuals who self harm. To listen to the interview please click the following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lw0wr8ly4aywxj1/Radio%20.mp4?dl=0

The Tomorrow Project shortlisted for a BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind Award

The Tomorrow Project has been shortlisted for a BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind Award. We have been nominated for our work in suicide prevention within the community. From a total of 300 nominations in our category we have been shortlisted as one of the top 3. The winner of the awards will be announced on 27th June 2016 at an event in London.

As part of our nomination, we will be broadcast on BBC’s Radio 4 tonight (24th May 2016) from 9pm, where we will be discussing the vital role we provide in the community in helping to save lives.

Make sure you tune in to the All in the Mind Programme from 9pm.

To listen to the broadcast, click the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07bzdjy

Or tune into BBC Radio 4 on 92-95fm.

In the News: How schizophrenia changed the whole course of my life

Alice Evans was at university when she developed schizophrenia. She didn’t leave her parents’ house for the next ten years. 

I was about 20 and studying at university when I first became seriously unwell. I’d come from a small rural village in Devon, with my bags in tow, and it was the first time I’d even really been to a city.

When I got to university it was daunting for me to be away from home but I made some friends, and was enjoying my drama course. I couldn’t shake depressive thoughts I’d had during my teenage years though.

I was working three jobs to make my rent and on top of my degree it proved to be too much.

Eventually I stopped sleeping entirely and that was when the problems really started.

 

For the full story…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-34537499?SThisFB

Teenage mental health… our future

All in the mind on BBC Radio 4 discusses the issues surrounding teenage mental health.  Claudia Hammond is joined by a panel of experts, Shirley Reynolds, Dr Dickon Bevington, Kimberley Robinson and Sarah Hulyer, to discuss the pressures teenagers face and offer thoughts on how services could be reshaped to cope with this changing demand as well as suggest what parents can do to help their teenagers.

This radio programme is definitely worth a listen. With 1 in 10, 5-15yr olds experiencing a mental health difficulty and 1 in 5 of those adolescents being rejected for treatment, teenage mental health is a growing concern.

Furthermore risk factors for mental health difficulties appear to be expanding. Not only does deprivation and abuse influence teenage mental health, Shirley Reynolds also highlights the high numbers of adolescents who are struggling within enriched environments. So why is this?

The show went out into the community for the answer and with around 5,000 responses with these 5 themes appeared. These included school stress, Bullying, Sexual pressures, uncertain futures and lack of access to help. The theme ‘uncertain futures’ was one that hit home with me. Many of the responses discussed the problem of identity and the pressures and expectations to know who you are and where you are going. It was clear that these expectations led to perfectionist beliefs which in turn left many adolescents fearful of failure. Some described a choking anxiety and an all-consuming fear of making mistakes.

These young people are our future, they are blank pages waiting to absorb the wonders of the world we live in. They will continue our work, our beliefs, our hopes and yet are we nurturing and guiding them into healthy, resilient, hopeful beings? Or do we need to change? Just because something worked before doesn’t mean it is supportive now, we need to change our support strategies and adapt to the needs of our future generations.

If you would like to watch this show, please click the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kch0z

If you want to know more about how to support young people with mental health difficulties and you live or work in Nottingham City why not sign up for some free mental health workshops.

 

Monday 16th November

MHFA Lite 9:30am – 12:30pm

MHFA Lite is an introductory mental health awareness course. You’ll receive a MHFA Lite manual that you can take away with you at the end of the session and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England

Thursday 19th November

Mental Health Awareness Training for Frontline Workers 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This workshop will focus on improving skills and confidence to recognise people with mental health problems and offer appropriate support

Friday 27th November

Mental Health Community Workshop – Carers and Citizens 1:30pm – 3:30pm

These workshops will focus on how to promote resilience and wellbeing in the community through building of awareness and resilience amongst citizens and carers

A drop in session will be held after the Community Workshop

Monday 30th November

Mental Health in the Workplace – Managers training 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This course will examine how practical support can be provided to create m environment that is healthy for staff and promote interventions to raise awareness.

The course will show delegates what they can do to support other staff and colleagues who may be experiencing problems with their mental health

By improving mental health outcomes at work delegates will benefit from;

•          Compliance with legislation such as the Equalities Act

•          Reduced grievance and discrimination claims

•          Demonstrable  corporate social responsibility

•          Reduced staff turnover

•          Reduced sickness absence

•          A healthier workplace

•          Better staff morale

•          More committed staff, and

•          Skills retention

 

Interested? Then please email training@harmless.org.uk, or call the office on 0115 934 8445, and ask to speak to one of our training team.

Our CEO, Caroline, Speaks in Response to the Results of the ‘Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015′

Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015 has shown that an alarming number of girls aged 11-21 in the UK are experiencing emotional distress, but more alarmingly, that they feel that the parents and adults in their lives fail to notice or understand these.

Our CEO, Caroline Harroe gave comment today to Capital fm on the report, stating that “whilst what the report states is upsetting, it does not come as a surprise… we hear the stories of young people on a daily basis and whilst we are aware that more people are coming forwards to seek support, there is still a huge gap between the needs of young people and how well they are received by adults. This report is just a manifestation of what we see every day in society; young people are disempowered and their distress is often written off as ‘immature’ or ‘hormonal’. We need to listen sooner to the needs of young people and help them to express themselves freely in order to get the help that they need.”

You can listen to the interview with Caroline on Capital fm across the course of the afternoon and read the full article below:

 

 Parents are too often out of touch with the mental health pressures faced by girls and young women, suggests research.

Self-harm was the biggest health concern for girls aged 11-21, according to the Girlguiding Girls’ Attitudes Survey 2015.

Researchers questioned a representative sample of more than 1,500 UK girls and young women aged seven to 21.

The findings “provide a stark warning”, said chief executive Julie Bentley.

Resilience

The figures show the mental wellbeing and resilience of UK girls are under threat – and yet adults are failing to recognise this, according to the organisation, the UK’s largest charity for girls and young women.

Among more than 1,000 11-to-21-year-old girls and young women questioned, the top health concerns were self-harm, mental illness, depression and eating disorders, along with smoking.

Some 62% of this age group said they knew a girl or young woman who had experienced a mental health problem, while 82% said adults often failed to recognise the pressures they faced.

Overall, more than a third (37%) said they had needed help with their own mental health.

Girlguiding says comparable figures from its 2010 survey showed girls’ top concerns then were binge-drinking, smoking and drug abuse.

 

The 2015 survey suggests girls believe their parents’ worries are stuck in the past, focusing on drug and alcohol abuse.

Worries about sexual harassment and low body confidence are widespread, suggests the survey.

Three-quarters of the 11-to-21 age group said anxiety about sexual harassment had had a negative impact on them in some way, for example, affecting what they wore and how they felt about their bodies.

Some 39% said they had experienced a demeaning comment on their appearance within the past week.

Among the seven-to-11 age group, 83% reported feeling sad or down and 16% said this was because of concerns about their looks.

Root causes

Ms Bentley called for an open conversation about the issues.

“By listening to girls we can work together to tackle the root causes of their distress and champion their potential.”

Angela Samata – Life After Suicide BBC1 Tuesday March 17th 2015 22.45

As a TASC Core Member and supporter, Harmless would like to inform you all about a programme that is being screened on BBC 1 on Tuesday March 17th at 22.45. A link to the Radio Times is here. The programme is being presented by Angela Samata, who was chair of the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide and a member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC).

Angela’s partner Mark took his own life 11 years ago and she meets others who have experienced a similar loss, asking why some people choose to take their own lives and whether those left behind can come to terms with their bereavement. She meets Downton Abbey actor David Robb, a Suffolk farmer and Norfolk woman who lives with the suicides of both her husband and son.

 

In The News: Beds crisis hits NHS care for mentally ill children

Beds crisis hits NHS care for mentally ill children

Hospitals have been advised to adopt emergency procedures and admit young mental health patients to adult wards.

The NHS crisis intensified this weekend as hospitals were advised to adopt emergency procedures and admit young mental health patients to adult wards because of an acute national shortage of places for children and adolescents.

Instructions sent by NHS England on Friday night to hospital trusts, and leaked to the Observer, state that the shortage of beds for young mental health patients is now so serious that 16- and 17-year-olds – who should be admitted to specialist child adolescent mental health facilities (CAMHS) – are likely instead to be admitted to adult wards.

The Mental Health Act 1983 states that 16- and 17-year-olds should only be admitted to adult wards in a “crisis situation” and for a short period, or where a patient is nearly 18 and the adult ward has appropriate specialist services.

Labour’s shadow minister for public health, Luciana Berger, described the situation as “utterly appalling” and blamed the crisis on £50m of cuts to children’s mental health services since 2010.

In the email seen by the Observer, which was sent on Friday on the instruction of national officials working for NHS England, the medical director for East Anglia, says: “I have just been asked to inform you all by the national specialist commissioning team of the current national lack of child and adolescent mental health beds.

“I do hope that you will not have cause to need one for any of your young population over the weekend but just to advise of the likely challenge if you do … Depending on your hospital policy this is likely to mean the 16- 18-year-olds will need admission to the adult wards, which I appreciate causes an even bigger challenge.”

NHS England declined to say whether similar instructions had been issued nationwide, as the memo suggested. But a spokesman said beds were still available for the most serious cases.

“Since August last year we’ve opened an extra 46 beds for children with the most severe mental health needs. Many need this care so, while beds are available we have asked services to ensure they have plans in place for any young person with mental health problems to receive the right care, in the right place at the right time to suit their individual needs.”

Sarah Brennan, chief executive of the mental health charity YoungMinds, said: “It is unacceptable that children and young people are being placed on adult wards which is completely inappropriate for them, and which the Mental Health Act rightly says should not happen. Young people in crisis should also not be transferred hundreds of miles to get a bed, which is going to be the result of this situation and in fact has been for far too long.

For full story follow the link  http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/31/nhs-crisis-mentally-ill-children-adult-wards

Harmless will feature in the media today following the recording of BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ that will be looking at the increase in referrals in self harm.

Harmless will feature in the media today following the recording of BBC’s ‘Inside Out’ that will be looking at the pressures on young people and increases in referrals in self harm.

Whilst we haven’t seen the programme ourselves,  we will be watching BBC One (East Midlands) at 7.30pm tonight (Monday 19th January) with much interest.

In addition to tonight’s programme, we have also appeared on BBC Local radio to challenge stigma around self harm and to talk about increases in referrals in to our service.

Did you hear us on radio or watch the programme? We are interested to know your thoughts, so please get in touch.

Remember, if you would like help or support around self harm for yourself or someone you know please contact Harmless by emailing info@harmless.org.uk

Sexual Exploitation: Abuse not Choice – Defining the Local Response.

Sexual Exploitation: Abuse not Choice.
Defining the Local Response.

In the wake of the sexual exploitation scandals uncovered in Rotherham and other areas, a number of voluntary sector organisations have begun a conversation. It’s a conversation that we’d really like you to join us in.

We feel this is an opportunity to build on the good work already happening in Nottingham and consider what more we can do to not only keep our children safe but to also ensure that all our services – to children, young people and adults –work in a trauma-informed way.

The meeting will be held on Friday 12th December at NCVS, from 9.30am – 1.15pm (including a networking lunch). The purpose of the meeting is to:

•         Hear from our statutory partners about their work in this field and how we can support each other

•         Understand the various local initiatives and projects that are already feeding into this work

•         Consider next steps to strengthen our practice and partnership working locally.

To book a place at this meeting please contact Equation on info@equation.org.ukor 0115 9623237.

We’d be grateful if you could also pass this information onto professionals whom you are in contact with who you think about be invited to this meeting.

There are a limited number of places so booking early is essential.

This meeting is being facilitated by Equation, Harmless and Nottingham Women’s Centre. Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service are providing the room and refreshments.

 

 

In the news… Those who self-harm as teenagers are more at risk of developing mental health and substance misuse problems as adults, new research from the biggest study of its kind in the UK has revealed.

Researchers at the University of Bristol, working together with colleagues from the University of Oxford and University College London, collected data from 4,799 adolescents as part of Children of the 90s - one of the world’s largest population studies – to examine the outcomes of self-harm for the first time.

The research paper, funded by the Medical Research Council and published online in the BMJ today [22 October], reveals that almost a fifth (19 per cent) of 16-year-olds who took part in the study had a history of self-harm and most had not sought help from health professionals.

Examining their progress over the following five years showed that even those who self-harmed without suicidal intent had an increased risk of developing mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, compared with adolescents who had not self-harmed.

They were also more likely to self-harm in the future and to have substance misuse problems, such as using illegal drugs, smoking and drinking too much.

Those who self-harmed with suicidal intent were also more at risk of poorer GCSE and A-level results and were less likely to be in further education, training or employment three years later.

Although risks were generally stronger in those who had self-harmed with suicidal intent, outcomes were also poor amongst those who had self-harmed without suicidal intent.

Dr Becky Mars, who led the research at Bristol University’s School of Social and Community Medicine, said: “We’ve shown for the first time that adolescents who self-harm are more vulnerable to a range of adverse conditions in early adulthood. While we cannot say that self-harm directly causes such problems, it’s certainly a sign that all is not well and professionals need to be aware of such behaviour and identify it early.

“There is widespread lack of understanding amongst health and teaching professionals about those who self-harm without intending to take their lives. It should not be dismissed or viewed as trivial, as it could be a warning sign for suicidal behaviour or other problems later in life. These new findings highlight the importance of self-harm and the need for better understanding among professionals likely to come across youngsters who self-harm.”

Paper

‘Clinical and social outcomes of adolescent self harm: population based birth cohort study’(open access) by Becky Mars, Jon Heron, Catherine Crane, Keith Hawton, Glyn Lewis, John Macleod, Kate Tilling and David Gunnell in the BMJ.