Harmless are here for you

Christmas is just around the corner and for many of us, ‘tis the season to be merry. This isn’t the case for everyone. Aside from the cold and dark months of winter having a physical effect on our bodies and brains, this time of the year can be difficult for people for a variety of reasons. If you celebrate Christmas there are the obvious financial and gift pressures, which can be incredibly real, for some of us more than others. It’s also naturally a time for reflection, as the year draws to a close and we think about what the year has brought for us, and those around us. Perhaps we’re not as close to our families as we’d like, maybe we don’t have the same kind of family relationships as others. We can compare our situations to “idyllic” ones and can feel guilty, sad, isolated, or worse. Maybe we’ve lost people in our lives or have had a particularly challenging year. Christmas is about love, giving, celebrating with those closest to us. This isn’t always easy.

 

Here at Harmless, we know that life can be hard. Mental ill health and suicidal thought don’t magically disappear just because Santa is on his way. This being said, many of us can prepare, emotionally, for what we might know will be a hard time of the year. What can be even more difficult than Christmas is the New Year. January and February can be really tough. Our Christmas spirit has been put away for another 12 months, and we are all faced with another fresh year. Suicide rates are higher just after Christmas than they are during the festive period – people can feel blue, particularly as the winter just keeps on going.

 

Please know that Harmless are here for you. Our clinical team are experts in supporting people through periods of distress. No matter who is in your life, please remember that we are here and we truly care.

 

We want to continue to support everyone who comes to our service, and if you want to help us, you can vote for us in the Cheer For Good campaign. This will give us the chance to win a grant of £2000, which would help us continue to save lives. To vote, please create a Twitter or Facebook post with the following: #CheerForGood and @HarmlessUK.

 

Seasons greetings from us all xx

Save a life, Cheer for Harmless!

As part of the #CheerForGood campaign partnership between Neighbourly and Starbucks, supporting local community organisations. There are 120 charities across the UK competing for 2K. The top 30 charities who #Cheer the loudest will win a grant of 2K!!!

For a small charitable organisation (only 16 of us!) this is a HUGE amount of money. For an idea how huge… £25 is the cost of one therapeutic session that could save someone’s life.

To help us win please like, share, post, re tweet, Tweet and comment! Any social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and  Neighbourly will increase our cheer score!

The more people supporting us the more lives are saved. So if you believe in saving lives please cheer for us!

#CheerForGood #HarmlessUK #Nottingham 

Harmless and The Tomorrow Project Christmas Closure

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team are taking some well-deserved time off over Christmas as we prepare for what will be a busy 2018!

Services will close on Friday 15th December and reopen Tuesday 2nd January.

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over this past year – your kindest and generosity has literally helped us save lives. We are confident that next year will bring many more achievements as we continue to have significant and positive influence in the field of self harm, suicide and mental health.

2018 will see us hold our third national self harm conference ‘From Harm to Hope’ on March 1st (Self Harm Awareness Day) and many more exciting things to come.

On behalf of the team, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

If you need immediate support over the next couple of weeks, please call Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

CHEER FOR HARMLESS

As part of the #CheerForGood campaign partnership between Neighbourly and Starbucks, supporting local community organisations. There are 120 charities across the UK competing for 2K. The top 30 charities who #Cheer the loudest will win a grant of 2K!!!

For a small charitable organisation (only 16 of us!) this is a HUGE amount of money. For an idea how huge… £25 is the cost of one therapeutic session that could save someone’s life.

To help us win please like, share, post, re tweet, Tweet and comment! Any social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and  Neighbourly will increase our cheer score!

The more people supporting us the more lives are saved. So if you believe in saving lives please cheer for us!

#CheerForGood #HarmlessUK #Nottingham 

Send a card, Save a life!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards 

How do you take care of your mental health at Christmas?

 

Christmas can be a challenging time for many people with increased stress levels.

It can be even harder for those of us with mental ill health. It’s important to try to remember to look after your mental health and well being.

Here are some tips that might help.

  • If you are feeling low ring a friend,
  • put on your favourite film
  • Pamper yourself with a warm bath
  • Have your favourite treats

Take small steps to eat well, take gentle exercise and keep active.

Talk – It’s good to talk about your feelings as this can improve your mood and make it a lot easier to deal with the tough times.

Don’t be a stranger –‘take some me time’ along with ensuring that you don’t sped long periods by yourself. It’s really important to look after yourself and stay in touch with others.

Get out and about – keeping up with your regular hobbies and exercise routine as this will help reduce stress and boost your serotonin levels.

Big thanks to NCS!

A huge thanks this great group of young people who have been fundraising for us recently, as part of the NCS project. You may have spotted them around Nottingham engaging with residents for the Cheer for good campaign! Great job, thank you!! You’re all #LifeSavers

As part of the #CheerForGood campaign partnership between Neighbourly and Starbucks, supporting local community organisations. There are 120 charities across the UK competing for 2K. The top 30 charities who #Cheer the loudest will win a grant of 2K!!!

For a small charitable organisation (only 16 of us!) this is a HUGE amount of money. For an idea how huge… £25 is the cost of one therapeutic session that could save someone’s life.

To help us win please like, share, post, re tweet, Tweet and comment! Any social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and  Neighbourly will increase our cheer score!

The more people supporting us the more lives are saved. So if you believe in saving lives please cheer for us!

#CheerForGood #HarmlessUK #Nottingham 

 

Keep going, we’ve got this!

We are into the first week of the #CheerForGood campaign partnership between Neighbourly and Starbucks, supporting local community organisations. There are 120 charities across the UK competing for 2K. The top 30 charities who #Cheer the loudest will win!

For a small charitable organisation (only 16 of us!) this is a HUGE amount of money. For an idea how huge… £25 is the cost of one therapeutic session that could save someone’s life.

To help us win please like, share, post, re tweet, Tweet and comment! Any social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and  Neighbourly will increase our cheer score!

The more people supporting us the more lives are saved. So if you believe in saving lives please cheer for us!

 

Focus on you: a blog from orlaghslittlecorner

I feel like we all must do it. Compare ourselves to others I mean. Looking at their achievements and how far they’ve come, how appealing their life looks and all the things they have got and have done. But you gotta stop that. Seriously.  

Comparison is the thief of joy. 

It truly is! Whilst you’re comparing you life to someone’s else’s you will always feel lame. There may always be someone who seems to have more than you, but don’t forget that actually your life to someone else will look amazing compared to theirs. It’s a constant battle of people comparing themselves to each other. And it’s got to stop. 

Everyone’s path has been/is different in life. Some people have been through a hell of a lot, family issues, personal issues, health issues -you name it! But I’m pretty positive in the fact that every person you could ask would have some story, some bad times in their life, so you can’t let yours be a comparison.

Celebrate people’s joy and how far they have come and be happy for them without comparing yourself!

You will never be able to see how far you have come whilst you are doing that whole ‘compare yourself to others’ thing. Take time to stop and look and realise all the amazing things you have done. How much you have achieved. Compare yourself to yourself. Look at how much you have done, how far you have traveled, how much experience you have gained in a year or 3 years, 5 or 10!

By comparing yourself to yourself you can also set some realistic goals based on where you are in life (and not by where society says you should be!). You know what goals you have to set to make a dream become a plan and whatever time frame that is that fits you, that is the perfect amount.

Throw into the mix some self-care, some you-time, some breaks from life and you will hopefully have a better look on things! ✌🏼

Link to the blog and for more wonderful blogs written by orlaghslittlecorner.wordpress.com

 

 

In the News today: The NSPCC is calling on the Government to shift the focus of children and young people’s mental health services towards early intervention

More than 5,000 children in Derbyshire have been referred to specialist NHS mental health services in the last two years, the NSPCC has revealed.

The NSPCC obtained new figures via a Freedom of Information request to NHS Trusts in England which found the equivalent of 150 children a day from across the country were rejected for treatment between 2015 and 2017.

In Derbyshire, a total of 2,673 cases were referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) between 2015 and 2016. Of those, 497 were not accepted for treatment.

Between 2016 and 2017, 2,358 cases in Derbyshire were referred to CAMHS and 376 of these were not accepted for treatment.

However, the information obtained by the NSPCC revealed that all of the cases in Derbyshire which were rejected by CAMHS were referred to other services.

The NSPCC is calling on the Government to shift the focus of children and young people’s mental health services towards early intervention, to ensure that young people’s mental health does not have to reach crisis point before they are able to get help.

On average, children in Derbyshire are waiting around six weeks, or 32 days, to see a specialist after their referral being accepted.

The findings follow news last month that the NSPCC’s Childline delivered a record number of counselling sessions to children reporting suicidal feelings in 2016/17. Mental and emotional health is now the most common reason for a child to contact Childline, with the service carrying out 63,622 counselling sessions in 2016/17.

NSPCC chief executive, said: “It is desperately sad to see so many young people facing distress around mental health issues being forced to wait months for assessment by CAMHS, many of whom are then rejected for treatment altogether. This risks leaving them in limbo while their condition potentially reaches crisis point.

“We recognise the hard work of mental health professionals in trying to help young people get their lives back on track. However, too many children who need help are struggling access support and treatment which can help them to recover. The Government’s upcoming Green Paper on mental health must urgently evaluate the early support systems available to young people to ensure that no child is left to suffer in silence.”

Link to full article here: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/more-5000-derbyshire-children-referred-806965