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, 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, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.

Pam Burrows on From Harm to Hope

01st March 2017 is Self harm awareness day and in line with this we are holding our National Conference, From Harm to Hope. 

Pam Burrows is just one of the many workshop speakers presenting on the day, here she is giving you a taste of what is to come. 

If you are interested in attending then please BOOK NOW or email 


From Harm to Hope, National Harmless Conference

1st March 2017, Nottingham Conference Centre


Self harm conference 

Our 2nd Annual National Conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implication for practice. 

Themes for the day

– Driving change

–       Collaborative partnership

–       Service user representation

–       Effective practice

–       Overcoming stigma & discrimination

£150 per delegate, CPD certified, Workshops, Food, Speakers, 


Further enquiries or to book, please contact:
Phone: 0115 934 8445

Could you be our next Community Champion?

Could you join our business community champions? 

Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.

Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it. 

Could you be a community champion? 

Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 

Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events.

Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.  

Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact 

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.


Harmless speak at national self harm conference

Earlier today one of the Harmless’ team, Naomi Stewart, spoke at a national self harm conference hosted by Lancashire Mind.

The conference, held at Ewood Park Blackburn as part of self harm awareness 2015,  provided an important opportunity for delegates to build skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting children and young people who self harm.

Naomi’s presentation explored Harmless’ work in the community and shared numerous proven methods of how to successfully help those who self harm; which we hope will allow professionals within the field to more efficiently aid those who self harm in a proven and effective way. Delivered in the context of a growing evidence base, Naomi explored the data, relationships and vital service user voice in the  effectiveness and lessons learned by our service.

We were really pleased to asked to be part of the national conference and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mind Lancashire and the event organisers.

Harmless deliver free self harm workshops for self harm awareness day

Yesterday at Harmless three free, 1.5hr self harm taster sessions were delivered for Self harm awareness day. All the sessions were well attended and had a diverse group of participants from uni students, to mental health workers/practitioners and teachers to name a few. Though their job roles were very different the common factor was clients who self harm and the lack of self harm training in the workplace.

The sessions covered:

– statistics on self harm

– defining self harm

– why individuals turn to self harm

-the functions of self harm

The delivery was a mixture of PowerPoint, small/full group discussions and a quiz!

Our trainer, Satveer said: “It was a tiring day, but made worthwhile when participants take the time out to thank you before they leave.”

Self harm is an issue in every area, in every school and profession. It does not discriminate. Training, whether it be a self harm taster session or a half/full day self harm course can help towards eradicating stigma and increasing knowledge and confidence. All of which are of benefit to the individual who is self harming.


Find out more about what training we have on offer at


National Self HarmAwareness Day

Today is national self harm awareness day; this is a day where organisations like ours really try and focus their attention and efforts on improving understanding of self harm. It is a day where individuals who have personal experience of self harm often speak out to try and change things.

Historically, self harm has been vastly misunderstood; there’s been strong myths that self harm is ‘attention seeking’ or ‘a cry for help’; something that only effects young people or women; something confused with suicide.

Self harm is a far more serious issue than we can reduce into these simplicities. It can effect anyone and is thought to effect up to a third of people at some time in their life.

It is not constrained by gender, or any other demographic but spans all people from all walks of life, with those who are young or old, male or female. At Harmless, our motto is ‘self harm does not discriminate: neither do we’.

Let’s work together today and this next week to improve communication about self harm. We will be posting advice tips across the week that will hopefully improve understanding and confidence.

THANKYOU for your continued support!

Self Harm Awareness Week – 15% off Harmless resources

In the run up to self harm awareness day on March 1st, Harmless are offering a 15% discount on our self harm resources. From Monday 24th February up until Tuesday 4th March 2014, people interested in our resources can now buy them at special rate:

  • Out of Harm’s Way DVD                        – Normally £27.50 – Special offer: £23.37
  • In our Own Words Book (Hard Copy)    – Normally: £15.49 – Special Offer: £13.16
  • In our Own Words (Electronic Copy)     – Normally £9.99    – Special Offer: £8.49
  • Out of Harm’s Way DVD &                                                                                                                    In Our Own Words Book – Normally £36.49 – Special Offer £31.02
  • Harmless Workbook                                – Normally £24.99 – Special Offer £21.24

(Please note: policy guidance and training are excluded from this offer)

Don’t forget – not only can these resources help promote recovery but  ALL the money we raise through our products and training helps us continue to provide our vital and important services.

To buy one of the items listed above please click here and visit our shop.

Self harm awareness day gives opportunity for individuals and organisations to be more open about self harm in a bid to raise awareness about the issue. As a leading organisation in the field, we  work tirelessly  to  reduce stigma, isolation and distress and promote health, hope and wellbeing; however we know there is still much work to do. We hope that events like self harm awareness day will encourage more people to do the same and take time to listen.

March 1st is an important event in Harmless’ diary and in addition to the free awareness workshops we are delivering on March 3rd, we are also looking to recognise the date in other ways. Keep checking our blog for other ways we are marking the event.

Harmless to deliver free workshops to mark self harm awareness day

To mark self harm awareness day, Harmless are holding a number of free self
harm workshops on Monday 3rd March 2014 aimed at promoting understanding and
awareness of self harm. The workshop will be an opportunity to begin to
think about the issues around self harm and its impact upon us as

The workshop shall cover:

*       What self harm is, and who it effects
*       What causes someone to self harm
*       Find out more about Harmless and the work that we do

Workshop Times

  1. Morning Session 9.30am until 11am
  2. Midday Session 11.30am until 1pm
  3. Afternoon Session 1.30pm until 3pm

To book a place on one of our workshops click here

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and delegates must
book a place via our online shop. Please note: Places are very limited and
only those who have a confirmed booking will be allowed on to our workshop.

The training shall be held on the 4th floor at NCVS, Mansfield Road,
Nottingham. NG1 3FB.

No more than 2 places per organisation per day. Booking should be made under the name of the person attending the workshop. Bookings accepted via our online store only. Terms and condition apply.