Harmless bake sale for Comic Relief!

Today we are raising money for Comic Relief 2017.

If you fancy a sweet or savoury snack pop into

Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FB.

We are here till 4pm!!!

The Harmless self harm conference #HarmtoHope – The epitome of what Harmless is about…

On 1st March 2017, Harmless was proud to host its 2nd national self harm conference #HarmtoHope which looked at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice.

Whilst most of the plaudits will quite rightly go to our motivational key note speakers, wonderful Chair, brilliant workshop leads and of course, our superb delegates; I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic contribution that our own team made.

The conference demonstrated everything that we are about – a passionate team who work together to achieve a feat often outside our modest resources in the hope that it makes a difference to someone, somewhere. It takes a tremendous amount of effort, time and dedication to plan and host a successful conference and we are eternally grateful to everyone involved.

Today, we will continue with our normal day-to-day roles with a sense of pride that the Harmless team achieved something special.   

We look forward to doing the same next year

 

Darren Fox

Business and Operations Manager at Harmless

 

Harmless & Tomorrow Project team attend the Towards Zero Suicide Conference in Birmingham

Some of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team attended the Towards Zero Suicide conference in Birmingham yesterday. We have heard from a huge range of speakers from so many different backgrounds, including Dr Rebecca Martinez, a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, Philipa Smith from the British Transport Police, and Clare Dickens with Stuart Guy from Connecting with People.

This mornings speakers have encouraged delegates to think critically about how we discuss and define suicide – as you can imagine, to understand suicide we must be able to speak about it on the same level, regardless of our relationship to suicide whether experienced professionally or personally.

What’s become clear from the wide range of speakers is that the topic of suicide permeates across all professions both here in the U.K. and internationally. With this is mind, I feel that conferences and events like this are essential not only to inform people of the current thinking around it, but it brings delegates from all different backgrounds with so much different experience together to try and make those connections between the personal, professional and academic. Arguably, to fully tackle the issues of suicide and self harm, these three disciplines must work in alignment rather than in opposition.

With that said, the conference has really excited me for the national self-harm conference Harmless is holding on the 1st of March – this coming Wednesday! We do have some places remaining for the day, with an incredible wealth of speakers coming and workshops being held. We hope to see you there!

Self Harm Conference, 1st March 2017: Free sponsored places now available!

FREE SPONSORED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE

We have now secured sponsorship from our Community Champions – Nottingham City Transport for three free places to our conference on 1st March 2017 and are now inviting applications for these free places.

If you would like to attend our conference in one of these free places, you will need to complete an application form which you can download using the red link below.

All applications must be submitted to admin@harmless.org.uk no later than  Friday 24th February 2017. Any late submissions may not be considered.

Please click here to download our Sponsored Places Application Form

Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee you a free place. All applications will be considered by Harmless management and you will be informed if you have been successful. If you do not hear back from us, please assume you have not been successful.

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Usual Price £150 per delegate place

What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of this year’s conference is understanding and change.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base, including young people and adults.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership,

Service user representation,

Effective practice,

Driving change,

Overcoming stigma and discrimination.

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

Confirmed Speakers

Professor Rory O’Connor

Professor Ellen Townsend

Dr Ann John

Harriet Bickley

Workshops 

Caroline Harroe (Harmless)

Clinical Skills Masterclass

 Sophie Allen (Harmless)

Understanding Recovery: Impact our Attitudes and Ethos have on Effective Recovery Rates

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Exploring possible online interventions, which help support self harm and the wider implications.

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Propamanda: self harm and men (breaking the stigma)

Ruth Coward

Telling our stories: A gift to ourselves and future generations – Challenging stigma and affecting change.

Dr Hannah Heath

Listening to quieter voices: Understanding and meeting the needs of friends. Lindsey Barrett Distress tolerance and coping in a crisis.

Pam Burrows

Looking After Yourself too. Marie Armstrong Using a Narrative Approach to Re-Story Issues of Trust

Fiona Macaulay

Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – How can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?

Papyrus UK

Introduction to supporting young people who self harm.

 

Venue

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre, located on Nottingham Trent Universities City Campus.

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk.

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Why not come along to our self harm conference?

From Harm to Hope
01/03/17

Nottingham Conference Centre

 

Do you have an interest in learning more about self harm?

Do you want to opportunities to connect with lead academics and professionals?

Do you want to raise awareness and reduce stigma around self harm?

If you answered yes to any of those questions then I believe our National Self harm Conference just might be for you.

1st March is Self harm Awareness day and in line with this we run a National conference, which gathers lead academics from all over the country to come speak. 

This year we are privileged to hear from:

Professor Rory O’Connor

Professor Ellen Townsend

Dr. Ann John

Harriet Bickley

 

We are also holding workshops including:

Clinical Skills Master class

Understanding Recovery

Exploring possible online interventions

Propamanda: Self harm and men

Telling our stories

Looking after yourself

Distress tolerance 

And many more…

 

We are currently running an amazing offer of two places for £200 (Usually £150 per place) so to take up on this please contact admin@harmless.org.uk or speak to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445

Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope – 1st March 2017 – 2 delegates for £200

Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice.

£150 per place 
or
 2 places for £200*

To book tickets, please conatact us at admin@harmless.org.uk, or call us on 0115 934 8445. 

 

Conference details:

The theme of this years conference is understanding and change.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work.

This exciting event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience.

The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base including young people and adults.

Our conference is themed around five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership,

Service user representation,

Effective practice,

Driving change,

Overcoming stigma and discrimination.

Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm.

Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Rory O’Connor
Professor Ellen Townsend
Dr Ann John
Harriet Bickley

 

Workshops:

 

Caroline Harroe (Harmless)

Clinical Skills Masterclass

 

Sophie Allen (Harmless)

Understanding Recovery: Impact our Attitudes and Ethos have on Effective Recovery Rates

 

Sarah Kessling (Harmless)

Exploring possible online interventions, which help support self harm and the wider implications.

 

Claire Dixon (Harmless)

Propamanda: self harm and men (breaking the stigma)

 

Ruth Coward

Telling our stories: A gift to ourselves and future generations – Challenging stigma and affecting change.

 

Dr Hannah Heath

Listening to quieter voices: Understanding and meeting the needs of friends. Lindsey Barrett Distress tolerance and coping in a crisis.

 

Pam Burrows

Looking After Yourself too. Marie Armstrong Using a Narrative Approach to Re-Story Issues of Trust

 

Fiona Macaulay

Supporting a diverse range of needs within one service model – How can we adapt services to support a wide range of clients with varying needs?

 

Papyrus UK

Introduction to supporting young people who self harm.

 

 

Venue:

The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here

Who we are:

Harmless is a user led service which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. We are committed to saving lives and giving a voice to those unheard. Harmless launched in 2007 and was set up by people who understand self harm. At the heart of our service is a real sense of hope, we know with the right support, and help life can get better. Find out more about Harmless by looking on our website www.harmless.org.uk

Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email admin@harmless.org.uk

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445.

*to qualify for this offer, both delegates must be booked at the same time and be part of the same organisation.

Why aren’t we talking?

As we move into February, social media campaigns like #timetotalk are increasingly bringing to light the fact that when it comes to mental health, it’s time that we got talking. In 2015 in the UK there were 6188 deaths registered as suicides, higher than in 2014. 1 in 20 people will have suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives, and 1 in 4 of us will experience mental ill health in some form or another. So why aren’t we talking?

People are afraid of talking about suicide, it carries the association of a dirty word, whispered in dark corners and behind closed doors, the fear of being mocked or alienated when speaking out about thoughts and feeling of suicide is preventing people from speaking out and getting the help that they not only need, but also the support that they deserve.

While these seem like very big, daunting problems, the solution can be a lot easier than you think; talking. Something as simple as a cup of tea and a chat can be a vital lifeline to someone struggling with mental health and feeling isolated. Talking empowers people, robs stigma of its power and allows us to connect with one another to overcome difficult times, mental ill health, isolation and fear.

So make a brew, have chat, go for a run (or a walk), swim, dance, sing, but most importantly, talk.

#TimeToTalk

Here at The Tomorrow Project, we support those affected by suicidal thoughts and those bereaved by suicide.

Suicide is still a taboo subject so it’s #TimeToTalk

Talking about suicide can be scary, but it saves lives.

Talking can show someone who may be feeling distressed, that someone does care.

Talking helps get rid of the stigmas that still surround suicide. 

Talking could stop someone talking their life. 

#TimeToTalk

Harmless presenting at important Public Health England event

Harmless’ C.E.O, Caroline Harroe, is presenting at the Local Suicide Prevention Planning event run by Public Health England in Nottingham. The aim of this event is to introduce new national Public Health England guidance and to support the development of local suicide prevention planning.

We are honoured to be speaking alongside the leading names in the field of suicide prevention such as Professor Louis Appleby. Those in attendance at the event will include local authority mental health leads, Clinical Commissioning Group mental health leads and local stakeholders.

Join our wonderful supporters and make a regular donation that can save lives!

We hope to gather ten new regular donors to become our life saving supporters. Can you help?

 

If ten people give £5 a month we can reach 24 more people in crisis.

24 more lives saved.

24 families who still have their loved ones.

Could you spare £5 a month?

Help us reach our target of ten new supporters. You can sign up here:

https://localgiving.org/donation/harmless/monthly

 

‘When I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’