From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Claire Dixon

Claire has been a specialist trainer with Harmless since November 2016. She previously coordinated and delivered healthy relationship work in secondary schools for domestic abuse prevention charity Equation.

Claire volunteered with Samaritans for five years as a listening volunteer, trainer, and coordinator for HMP Nottingham’s Listeners Scheme.

Claire’s passion for training in this sector comes through experience working with young people and schools, as well as personal experience of self harm, suicide and mental health problems. Through training, she hopes to further promote awareness and challenge stigma around self harm, mental health and suicide.

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From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Dr Alys Cole-King

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Alys Cole-King is a Consultant Liason Psychiatrist who maintains a clinical and public health role within the NHS. She works nationally with Royal Colleges, voluntary bodies, academics, and experts by experience to raise awareness of suicide and self-harm. She promotes the need for compassion, collaboration, improved governance and promotes a common language to ensure an improved and more integrated response to people at risk of suicide. A contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention, Alys is also on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Mental Health Training Advisory Group, and has contributed to their curriculum. Alys leads international campaigns via social media and works with the media to ensure a compassionate and safe approach to suicide prevention.

As Connecting with People Clinical Director, Alys led the development of Connecting with People’s Suicide Assessment Framework E-Tool (SAFETool). This approach is based on more than 20 years clinical experience, a thorough review of published evidence and a full time research project using psychological autopsy technique to investigate factors relating to episodes of self-harm or suicide attempts. Alys is a primary author of a number of papers, book chapters, webinars, podcasts, blogs and self-help resources on suicide and self-harm prevention, Alys has also contributed to the RCGP e-learning module on suicide prevention and delivered a BMJ Masterclass Webinar on suicide mitigation. Alys sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Health Care, is a reviewer for several journals and sits on the international Expert Reference group advising Griffiths University academics, a WHO Collaborating Centre on responding to professionals who have experienced the suicide of a patient.

 

From Harm to Hope Conference: 

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

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From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Caroline Harroe, CEO, Harmless

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Caroline is Harmless’ CEO and one of its co-founders, launching the service in 2007 with fellow Director Amy, and ensuring the service has gone from strength to award winning strength.

Caroline has over 15 years’ experience in the field of self harm and mental health. A practicing psychotherapist and a tireless campaigner for equality for those experiencing mental health difficulties. Caroline is currently completing her PhD, is an elected member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and is involved in many local and national suicide prevention strategy and research projects.

Leading with experience, Caroline overcame her personal experience of self harm and mental health problems and after a long battle to overcome these difficulties, she now hopes to inspire hope in others by sharing her recovery.

From Harm to Hope Conference: 

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

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Suicide prevention training in Nottingham 

This CPD-accredited course will help expand your understanding and awareness of suicide prevention by exploring attitudes and beliefs to suicide, identifying and assessing risk, implementing a safe plan, and recognising effective models of intervention.The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence and skills in responding to, and signposting, those at risk as well as their families, friends and professionals.

Level 3 (advanced) training is suitable for professionals who have attended previous introductory training whose role involves supporting those in distress.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in the UK, and for British men under 50. In order to better support individuals in crisis, we are running our advanced level Suicide Awareness and Prevention training. We know that most people who disclose distress will be speaking to non-professionals such as friends and family who may have no formal training. In addition, any professional who works with people can benefit from learning more about assessing risk, safety planning, and responding to individuals in crisis using brief interventions.

Link to this session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suicide-prevention-level-3-advanced-training-tickets-37915182331

£110 per place

 

Running out of time to submit a proposal to our conference…

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Now inviting submissions for speakers and workshops
Self Harm Conference:

From Harm to Hope
Thursday 1st March 2018

Nottingham Conference Centre
We are holding our third annual national self harm conference and are currently in the process of putting together a strong programme.
We are inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference. Contributions should align with at least one of our 5 themes:
Collaborative Partnership,

Service User Representation,

Effective Practice,

Driving Change,

Overcoming Stigma & Discrimination.

Please see below for details of how to be a part of this day.

We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the workshop programme, and for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference (All workshops will be an hour in length and plenary sessions will be 20-30 mins in length).
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.
Event details:
The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘self harm and suicide prevention starts here’. 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 key 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 interactive wherever possible.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.

Harmless and the Tomorrow Project head office has now moved, please note our new address and new phone numbers.

We have now embarked on a new journey in our new premises. Our new address is as follows:

1 Beech Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ.

While we will be seeing clients at the new offices, we will also continue to see clients at NCVS. Clients should speak to their Therapist or Project Worker to confirm the location of their appointment.

As part of this new venture, we have also taken on new phone numbers, please note that any messages left on our old numbers will no longer be monitored.

Harmless & Tomorrow Project (Admin only):     0115 880 0280

Let’s Talk Training:                                                 0115 880 0281

Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis Line:                 0115 880 0282

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks 09th Oct-22nd Oct

In line with Nottingham’s  Mental Health Awareness Weeks Let’s Talk Training are running a Mental Health Workshop at our NEW offices.

This CPD-accredited course will develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions, explore what influences mental wellbeing, learn first aid provision for various conditions, and understand the importance of recovery and support.

The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence in reducing the stigma around mental health, providing initial support, and effectively signposting individuals to specialist services. This includes awareness and skills around suicide intervention.

Level 2 (intermediate) training is suitable for anyone with some existing understanding of mental health conditions, specifically frontline staff.

Mental health Level 2 training

16th October 2017

£70 per delegate

Harmless, 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham NG7 7LJ

CPD accredited (7hrs)

 

For more information or to book onto the course please visit our Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-level-2-intermediate-training-tickets-37914650741

New training days available – Book now on Eventbrite…

As the season changes, schools are back in session, and the shops start stocking up for (shhh) Christmas, Harmless embark on their office move. We are excited to announce our first set of training dates to be held in our new space! We have set up an Eventbrite page, which will make booking our training easier than ever before. We are holding a range of different sessions between now and December, so please take a look at our page and contact our training team if you have any questions, 0115 934 8446.

You can book onto one of our training sessions at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

We look forward to seeing you there!

Training sessions to break the stigma around self harm

Last week Harmless welcomed 12 lovely delegates for a full day of self harm awareness training. All 12 work with young people, and the training generated a lot of discussion around how we best support children who are struggling with issues around self harm.

We know that school staff work tirelessly to support the young people they work with every day, and that self harm is on the increase. There have been recorded rises in self harm A & E admissions for young people, and we know that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in the UK.Anything we can do to continue to break the stigma to enable children to talk openly about their distress is going to support our vision to save lives. Training is just one small part of that.

Thank you to the delegates who attended, asked questions, shared their experiences and reminded me that we are very fortunate to have some excellent support for young people in our local schools and colleges.

If you would like information about what training we can provide, please contact us at:

Phone: 0115 934 8446

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

 

Harmless are heading for ten – and moving on!

As we move towards our tenth anniversary, Harmless and it’s wonderful team have a time of hard work and reflection ahead. We hope that you will join us in a celebration of our work, by sharing our posts and getting involved in the activities we are hosting.

We also have some big news. Since 2009 all of our activities for Harmless have been hosted from the Volunteer Centre in Nottingham. On practically the eve of our anniversary, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project will move their main activities from the NCVS building and into our own premises.

We will no doubt have a lot of kinks to iron out so please bear with us during the transition and we do hope that in the near future you will all take time to come and see us in our new dedicated self harm and suicide prevention support space.

We will endeavour to keep our support services at NCVS so as not to disrupt the clients that we are already seeing.

Wish us luck!