You are invited to Cafe Connect at night – Sunday 23rd July from 6pm – 8:30pm

An evening of spoken word, presentations, questions and answers all about self-harm and eating disorders.

Find out more about the exciting project we have been doing through Café Connect working with young people with lived experience of these issues who have become part of our research team.

Whether you’re someone with personal experience of self-harm or eating disorders, a relative, academic, teacher, social worker… we want to share with you our findings from Cafe Connect.

There will be time to ask questions informally, have refreshments, hear some amazing spoken word and meet academic experts as well as those with personal experience.

To secure your FREE ticket please register your details here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafe-connect-a-night-of-findings-tickets-35234907557

CYCLING TO SAVE LIVES! WE CHALLENGE…YOU!

The circumference of the world is 40,075 kilometres or 24,900 miles. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) started Cycle Around The Globe four years ago to see if as a community we can come together. Now four years on from the first success, the next challenge is to cycle 4X around the globe, 163km or 99.60k Mi.

 The challenge is to see if we can all contribute to collectively cycle this distance for World Suicide Prevention Day. Please join us and help us reach this target. It does not matter how far you can cycle, every kilometre or mile will be added to the total and there are no limits, you can cycle at home, in the gym or outside, you can even walk.

 The activity is about global community and spreading awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. In the UK alone there were 6,188 suicides, and this just shows the real need for us as a community to come together.

If you would like to take part click here for the sponsorship form and sign up. Let us know by emailing info@harmless.org.uk or phoning 0115 934 8445.

All the money raised goes directly to Harmless & The Tomorrow Project and provides therapeutic services.

*Official participant printed labels for your t-shirts are available to print off*

Join us and Cycle of WSPD and show the world we are all connected in the aim of preventing suicide.

https://iasp.info/wspd2017/cycle-around-globe/

Would you like to join the Harmless as a Specialist Therapist or Project Worker?

We are currently recruiting for the following positions to join the Harmless team:

Specialist Therapist

Project Worker

The deadline for applications is 24th July 2017, with interviews to take place  Wednesday 2nd August 2017

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: Specialist Therapist

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

SALARY: £23,250 per annum

START DATE: 1st September 2017

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

  • To provide therapy for 12 to 24 weeks across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire to clients who experience mental health problems, depression and anxiety, and/or that self harm or are at risk of self harm and suicide.
  • To be responsible for fully assessing individual needs, implementing/agreeing care plan or equivalent and developing a safety plan.
  • Engage in activities that promote Psychological wellbeing (including maintain/promote physical and mental health); Social Functioning (including social activity, employment and education); Resilience (looking at helping an individual cope and resolve some of their difficulties); Help-Seeking (Ensuring individuals are able to access support from a variety of sources and ultimately reduces risk to that individual including self-harm and suicide).
  • To work collaboratively and assertively with the communities and environments where a person is already in contact to provide information, containment and enhance a collaborative recovery approach for the person experiencing distress and self harm.
  • To support the clinical and support services manager to uphold the short term, medium term and long term organisational and clinical and support services objectives.

 

JOB TITLE: Project Worker

HOURS: Up to 37.5 hours per week

SALARY: £20,000 per annum

START DATE: 1st September 2017

This position has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Job Description

MAIN PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE JOB

  • The project worker will work with clients and engage in activities that promote:
    • Psychological wellbeing (include maintain/promote physical and mental wellbeing).
    • Social functioning (including social activity, employment/education).
    • Resilience (looking at helping an individual cope and resolve some of their difficulties).
    • Help seeking (ensuring individuals are able to access support from a variety of sources and ultimately reduces risk to that individual – including self harm and suicide).
  • Responsibility for fully assessing individual needs, Implementing/agreeing care plan or equivalent and develop a safety plan
  • To provide an assertive outreach approach across Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, to promote a preventative and early intervention approach around the issues of self harm and suicide.
  • To work collaboratively with communities of need to promote health and recovery amongst individuals by using and demonstrating a range of non-clinical interventions that promote coping and resilience.
  • To support the recovery of service users by engaging in activities and practical support that will improve the quality of life, for instance support employment, social engagement, advocacy and housing.
  • To support the Clinical and Support services manager to uphold the short term, medium term and long term organisational and the clinical and support team’s objectives.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

3 women cycle a combined 75 miles for us all!

Today our clinical manager, Adrienne, her mother and her 11 year old daughter cycled 25 miles each to raise money to keep our services afloat. 
What’s phenomenal, is that an eleven year old girl, her mother and her grandmother did this together to help people they’ll never even meet.
25 miles is a long way and we are so grateful for their hard work on a very warm day.
They’re giving up their Sunday and doing what they’re doing to raise money so that people that they have never met, are given the opportunity for help. 
If your child needs us, today will help us to be there for them. If your friend, brother, mother needs us… we will be there because of three pairs of hardworking legs and a lot of love out there on their bikes. 
Thank you to all three of you. 
Can you give a little to edge them to their total?

https://localgiving.org/fundraising/adriennecycling25mile/

A big thank you to all those at The Henry Chowdhury Fund for their fantastic fundraising

All of us here at Harmless would like to say a huge thank you to those at The Henry Chowdhury Fund and those who attended the Barbecue & Blues Band Extravaganza fundraising event in aid of Harmless on 28th May at The Cross Keys in Burton Joyce.

The event was fantastic and helped us raise vital funds to enable us to save lives. The total raised at the event was an amazing £1,160!

This contribution will go directly towards the delivery of our life saving work and help us to create a brighter future for many people.

We would like to thank everyone involved for your compassionate support and highlight the importance of this type of contribution; it really does make a difference.

Here are some pictures from the event…

Would you like to join the Harmless & Let’s Talk Training team?

We are currently recruiting for the following position to join our Let’s Talk Training team on a sessional basis:

MHFA Trainer (Bank Staff)

The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017, with interviews to take place  w/c 24th July 2017

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

 

JOB TITLE: MHFA Trainer

Hours: Bank Staff

Remuneration:

  • £150 per day (£300 per 2-day delivery)
  • 25p per mile travel
  • Hotel accommodation for night of Day one (Booked By Harmless)

 

IMPORTANT: FULL DRIVERS LICENSE AND OWN CAR ESSENTIAL FOR THE ROLE 

This role will be ideal for those who have recently qualified to become MHFA instructors.

DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Deliver MHFA training on behalf of Harmless and its associated projects to external parties including (but not limited to) external organisations, school, professionals and carers.
  • A willingness to offer personal experience during training delivery by sharing own experiences of distress (and/or self harm) and recovery (in line with Harmless’ service user led ethos)
  • A willingness to travel (nationwide) with occasional overnight stay as required.
  • Represent Harmless in a professional manner at all times
  • Deliver training against agreed learning outcomes
  • Develop and maintain training content in line with changes in the field and to the highest standard upon negotiation with the Harmless Management Team
  • Maintain excellent professional relationships with delegates and/or organisations with a view to secure future training opportunities
  • Be an integral part of the booking process with support from the administration team
  • To ensure all data collection tools are used to monitor and improve upon training delivery
  • Ensure training materials are appropriate for delegates requirements
  • Report to Harmless management regularly about the progress of training and address any issues that may arise, recording relevant statistics where required.
  • Promote the work of Harmless in a positive manner and recommend resources and alternative training opportunities where possible.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with delegates and/or organisations before, during and after training delivery
  • To work with Harmless management in continuously improving Harmless’ training packages including (but not limited to) current content, delivery methods, course materials and handouts, booking process.
  • To work with Harmless management in designing and delivering new training packages in order to meet current demands in training, compete with other organisations and increase revenue.
  • To be aware of safeguarding issues that may arise and follow Harmless protocol in managing this.

For an application form and job description, or for more information please email admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include the job title you are applying for in your email.

Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

In the News: Clarke Carlisle on Aaron Lennon- ‘I don’t want anyone to experience what I did’

When I first heard the news about Aaron Lennon, there was a feeling of sadness because I don’t want anyone to experience what I’ve been through. But it was also a feeling of relief.

My former team-mate at Leeds has got to the crisis point that I hit but he has now entered the support system and has the opportunity to address what is going on, rehabilitate himself and live a full and blessed life.

I remember our days at Leeds really well. Aaron has always been a really quiet lad. He was never someone who bragged about anything but just got on with his business. He’s quite possibly the quickest thing on two legs that I’ve ever had to man mark in five‑a‑sides. When he is on form he is literally unplayable and I know there is still plenty more to come from him.

 

To read the full article, please click the following link: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/03/clarke-carlisle-aaron-lennon-football-mental-health-issues?CMP=share_btn_tw

Suicide Crisis – What does it mean to you?

The word “crisis” in itself is quite an emotive word. For me anyway, when I think of “crisis”, my first image used to be things like panic, immediacy, and fear. It’s defined as “a time of intense difficulty or danger” – this sums it up fairly well, but in this definition there’s no mention of panic or fear – it’s an assumption. While these emotions are commonly present in a person experiencing a crisis, this is not always how that person can present to someone who’s talking to them.

Then, the word “suicide” is also not only an emotive word, but a stigmatised one. We are frequently reluctant to say this word and there’s also a fear of using it, of acknowledging it. I feel this can often be the case for anyone involved; the person themselves, friends and family talking to them about it, as well as professionals involved in their care.

When we then take the phrase “suicide crisis”, this can be a phrase which strikes fear into those involved. But if we’re afraid of the phrase, how can we discuss it openly with someone who is feeling this way? I think it’s really important to be mindful of how a person is experiencing a suicide crisis and how they construe their crisis. While there may be some overlap between people and how they present, there’s fairly often some variance, distinctions, and even contradictions in protective, predisposing etc. factors (e.g., one person’s protective factor could be another person’s precipitating factor).

For me, this interpretation of a suicide crisis makes it all the more important that I ask every person I see not only how they feel, but how they interpret their suicide crisis, what is contributing to it or preventing them from acting on their thoughts, and what made them now want to opt into our crisis pathway.

Within this, I think it’s important to address the person’s experience suicide crisis directly – I’ve discovered that something that may seem as simple as asking a question is such a powerful tool, and even though those questions can at times be difficult to ask and respond to, in the end they usually allow both me and the person I’m working with to work from the same page. Clarity is so important because if we work based on assumptions and implications then there is a lot more room for us to misjudge what the person seeking support is experiencing.

This is but one of the reasons why we shouldn’t shy away from phrases like “suicide crisis”. It’s ok to ask about suicide, and it’s ok to talk about it. At Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we may be the professionals working with the people, but the people are the experts when it comes to their own thoughts, feelings and crisis. Our job is to listen and to help facilitate change if that person feels ready, not to force people into recovery.

If you feel like you need support around issues relating to self-harm or suicide including being bereaved by suicide, please feel free to contact either Harmless (0115 934 8445) or The Tomorrow Project (0115 934 8447, crisis@tomorrowproject.org.uk, bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk) and we will try our best to start supporting you.

Join our regular donors and become a #lifesaver

Last year we made an appeal for ten new regular donors for Harmless. 
It’s time for me to call on our supporters again and see if we can recruit ten new #lifesavers 
If you or anyone you know have been effected by our work, or believe in what we’re doing then please consider getting behind us and making a one off or monthly donation. 
We fund our work 77% ourselves by fundraising and sales and we don’t want to turn anyone away. People need us. 
Please share. Please support.

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