Harmless appear in national news

Harmless have appeared in numerous news stories surrounding the sharp rise in recent reported cases of self harm in young girls aged 13-16.

A few of our clients and our CEO, Caroline Harroe, have taken part in various national news stories around this recent statistic.

Yesterday we filmed a piece for Sky News which has featured on the Sky News channel and online at various times throughout today.

You can watch this news story at this link: http://news.sky.com/video/girls-self-harming-more-due-to-social-media-11087600

We have also been filming today for ITV national news which was broadcast on today’s lunchtime news bulletin. This story will also feature on ITV Central News at 6pm this evening. Make sure you tune in!

Could you write a blog for us?

Harmless would like to invite you to contribute to our blog. Our blog is important to us because it helps us convey a range of issues around self harm and suicide to the public. It helps us reach people in distress and promote better understanding about these issues amongst our readers.

It helps us tell you about our work, upcoming events, dispel myths and offer advice. But we also want it to challenge stigma and to offer real stories about self harm and recovery so that people reading this can feel connected to what we do and who we help.

If you would like to write a blog for us about your experiences, then you can submit this to info@harmless.org.uk with the title ‘blog post’. In your email, please tell us what name you would like us to use for you. You can say as little about your identity as you want.

The blog should be about 200 -300 words in length and shouldn’t be graphic in any way, but should offer the reader an insight into your experiences that mighty help them relate to self harm, distress, or suicide. The blog could be about what you’ve felt or experienced, what’s helped, or not helped… What needs to change, or what he stigma around these issues has been for you.

It is vital to harmless that we represent your voice and your experiences, so if you feel you can contribute to this blog, please do.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Harmless’ 10th anniversary celebration event a great success!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, and came to our celebration event. The evening was a huge success and one we will remember. It was a truly amazing evening from the outset and throughout and we all went away feeling incredibly humbled by the reactions and positivity of those in attendance.

We were supported by so many individuals and businesses and we can’t express our gratitude for that support enough.

Thank you to Thomas, our wonderful photographer who has now twice dedicated his time in supporting us at events. Being able to look back on those moments you captured means a great deal to us.

Thank you to Deri, A Moment’s Notice and Wilf & the Hullabalos. You all really made the evening incredibly special with your fantastic musical performances. We are all really grateful for your help by stepping in last minute.

Thank you for Wes at Ruddington Grange for all the support in the lead up to the event!! You were amazing and really looked after us!!!

Thank you to all the businesses (big and small!) who supported us with raffle and auction prizes: Super + Super, Cath Kidston Nottingham, Planet Bounce, LC FC, Oscar and Rosie’s, Team Sport, Denby Pottery, Eden Hall Spa, Aspell Cyder, Create Gift Love, National Ice Centre, Megan Makes Illustration, Paper Veil Weddings, Microflight, Boots, Ragdale Hall, DawnsBaloons4all and many, many more.

And finally a thank you to everyone who came and supported us, without you all, we wouldn’t be here in a position to celebration ten years in service. Your support means that the 30,000 individuals we have supported so far can keep growing for years and years to come, and ultimately be able to save more lives.

A magical evening and one we won’t forget. Thank you.

The Harmless team

Nottingham Post Heroes Award 2017

Three cheers for our very own CEO Caroline Harroe who won the Community Champion Award last night at the Nottingham Post Heroes Award 2017. The award considers those who have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people in their community.

This is particularly great timing with it being Harmless’ 10th Anniversary, well done Caroline, very well deserved if we do say so ourselves!

Caroline mentioned the most poignant moment of the night was when the 400 strong audience stood to see Owen Jenkins parents tearfully accept their award in the name of their son who died trying to save two girls from drowning. 

It’s great to see people come together to celebrate the Heroes we have within our community.  

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’s 25th Mental Health Awareness Weeks

Mental health awareness week is so important because despite 1 in 4 of us experiencing problems, the topic is still surrounded by a lot of stigma and discrimination. Just as we all strive for good physical health, our mental health and wellbeing should be equally important.

So many people in the UK are struggling without help and it’s only through raising awareness, education and communication that we can challenge stigma and start to have these conversations. It’s so important to talk.

As a society it’s so important to challenge the stigma and discrimination because it doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender or even your job: mental health doesn’t discriminate, anyone can be effected. With 1 in 4 of us being effected at some time in our life, it’s important to consider the wider impact on friends and family, because actually that would mean most of society will be effected in some way.

What Is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

-          Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry

-          Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse

-          Family history of mental health problems

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us. Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

How can we look after our mental health? (PRE-vention)

-          Connect with people: meet a friend for a coffee or speak to someone new

-          Put time aside to ask how the people close to they really are

-          Be active! Join a new club (this would be active and connection too)

-          If you’re at work perhaps walk to someone’s desk, instead of calling

-          Noting: clear away clutter, take note of how the people around you are feeling, visit a new place for lunch

-          Learn a new skill or even something small like a new word

-          Volunteer: helpings others is rewarding

If you would like support and information on any issues surrounding mental health, please contact the team at info@harmless.org.uk. 

World Mental Health Day 2017

Mental health in the workplace

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work.

Mental health in the workplace is the theme of World Mental Health Day 2017.
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health.

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem this year, yet many people still don’t believe problems are likely to affect them, or anyone they know. They also don’t see how the way they think and act can affect others. But mental health problems can affect any of us – directly or otherwise. And without support from those around us, we can lose what we care about most. Having a colleague in your corner can make all the difference.

Without support from others, people with mental health problems can lose what they care about most. It’s a time when you need your friends, family and colleagues more than ever. So, if you notice someone you work with is acting differently, step in. You don’t have to be an expert to be supportive. It can be as simple as checking in with someone, asking them how they’re doing, sharing a cuppa, listening and not judging, just being there and being yourself.

Today we are celebrating World Mental Health Day for the 25th time! World Federation for Mental Health founded the awareness day in 1992 and since then people all over the world are holding events, making announcements and celebrating #WorldMentalHealthDay

Let’s all pledge to do something today to celebration #WorldMentalHealthDay ! The smallest things can make the biggest difference.

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

The finishing touches for our 10th anniversary celebration event

We are incredibly grateful to be supported by the wonderful Dawn from DawnsBalloons4all for our 10th anniversary event on Saturday.  Dawn will be adding finishing touches to the event on Saturday with an amazing balloon display and we can’t wait to see it! The display will make the event even more special and one we will remember for a long time.

A bit about DawnsBalloons4all…
DawnsBalloons4all provides a personalised balloon decoration service for special events and is able to provide a full balloon decoration service in Nottingham, Derby & Leicester. Have a look at the following website for more! http://www.dawnsballoons4all.co.uk

What is you favourite part of working for Harmless?

Our Suicide Bereavement Project Worker shares her favourite reason for working with Harmless…

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