Today is self harm awareness day

Today is self harm awareness day.

For harmless this is a significant date in our annual calendar. 

Self harm awareness day is an opportunity for us to come together to promote dialogue about self harm, about stress and suffering, about psychological needs and about overcoming suicide.

Today we are holding our national conference from harm to hope for the second year running. the conference will bring people together from across the UK to talk about the issue of self harm, of suicide prevention and how we can work together to overcome what can often be very painful difficulties that people face.

I am really excited about the conference program I am really excited that we are today hosting an event attended by local dignitaries and some of the leading voices in the field of self harm who will be sharing with us their perspective, insight and their experiences.

Today is a day to celebrate. It is a day where we can start new conversations. It is a day where we can talk to our peers, to the people that we help and to our colleagues and to start a different conversation – one that hopefully and collectively will save lives

Silent Auction: 2x X Factor Live Tour Tickets for 23rd Feb 2017

We have been fortunate enough to receive TWO additional X-Factor Live show tickets!!!!

The live show is on Thursday 23rd Feb 2017 and we are hosting a SILENT AUCTION.

To be involved all you need to do is email info@harmless.org.uk with your bid.

*Auction ends 22/02/17 at 5pm*

All the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm and/or have suicidal thoughts, their friends and families and professionals.

Event details:

The X Factor Live Tour 2017

Thursday 23rd Feb 2017, 18:30

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham,

The National Ice Centre,

Bolero Square,

The Lace Market,

Nottingham,

NG1 1LA

 

Can you join our fundraisers?

The Tomorrow Project, our local suicide prevention service needs your help. 
We have a target of raising 30k in 90 days. 
Could you undertake a fund raiser? A sponsor? A bake sale? A run? 
All monies will go directly into providing help services for people in distress. We want to ensure that any one, of any age, facing any problem can get the help that they need. Suicide and mental health struggles are far too common and it is so important that we keep providing a high level of help when people need it the most.
Please help us to continue to help the community.
If you think you can help us, and want to get involved, please email me on caroline@harmless.org.uk and you could be helping us to save lives. 

Do you know someone who has died by suicide? 

Did you know that we now have a specialist bereavement service? 

It doesn’t matter whether you lost a partner, a parent, a family member or a friend, if you want to talk it through, have coffee, need support or are facing practical (e.g. financial issues) with regards to your loss- we are here to help. It might also be that you’re a professional that’s witnessed or lost a patient or individual you’ve worked with, and we offer a very safe place to get support.

Our team have personal experience of suicide and are in a position to help. We understand from a very unique perspective, the complexities that people face when they’ve lost someone to suicide. 

So please give us a shout, drop us a line. Message us on Facebook or twitter, or arrange an appointment. 

Bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk

01159348445

And ask to speak to Ashley.

Let’s talk about suicide 

Today I spoke at the public health masterclass in suicide prevention about our beloved Tomorrow Project, that today is four years old. 
Four years since the project was born out of tragedy and loss, and four years since we started changing the face of suicide prevention services locally and driving change nationally. 
Today was an anxiety provoking day for me. I always feel that there are so many things I need to say to do justice to the many people that we see and help and speak to. I feel a responsibility to the grieving families, to have their losses heard and engage with people in a way that they too, want to change things for the better. 
I’m often left uncertain whether that’s been achieved and my anxiety about this is merely a manifestation of how vital it is to reach people and change things and for their stories to be heard.
Today I spoke of the number of people that die by suicide and the number of people that attempt suicide and the number of people that think about suicide. In reality, many, many of us attempt suicide and many more of us think about suicide. Isn’t it time we start talking about that? 
I often see in my work, how comforting it is to know that we’re not alone; that others think and feel the way that we do and also that some have faced those things and come through those times. Sharing stories reduces isolation, that could be enough to save someone’s life. 
Today I spoke about that. 
So let’s keep talking. I will keep talking on whatever platform wherever it is given to me, please can you do me a favour and also keep talking- to each other. Share how you’re feeling and invite others to do the same. 
Together we can reduce suicide. 
  

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

Caroline Harroe

Professor Ellen Townsend

Dr Ann John

More to follow…

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.

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

Dr Hannah Heath (University of Chester)
Listening to quieter voices: Understanding and meeting the needs of friends.

Lindsey Barratt (Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust)
Distress tolerance and coping in a crisis.

Pam Burrows
Looking after yourself too.

More to follow…

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

Self harm is everyone’s business:

1 in 10 people are affected by self harm. Self harm does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Anyone is at risk from self harming at some point in their life depending on the experiences they have and the worry they feel about these experiences. Popular culture would have you believe that it is predominantly young girls who self harm; findings suggest that in fact for the age range of mid 30′s in men represent the majority of people attending Accident and Emergency for the treatment of self harm. Given this, we will only save more lives if all parts of society work together.

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.

Looking for Community Champions

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 admin@harmless.org.uk

Call for computing equipment and desks

Can you help us?
Do you have any computer equipment/laptop that you’re willing to donate?

Do you have any small computer desks?
On January 3rd my team will be joined by a number of interns who are going to support us in trying to drive the service forwards. 
We could really do with some additional work stations and laptops/computers for them to work on. 
We know people often have things they’re willing to donate to us, so please, if you do, let us know. 
You could help us save lives. 

Call for donations of computer equipment and desks for #suicideprevention

Do you have any computer equipment/laptop that you’re willing to donate?Do you have any small computer desks?
On January 3rd my team will be joined by a number of interns who are going to support us in trying to drive the service forwards, finding ways to save more lives.
We could really do with some additional work stations and laptops/computers for them to work on. 
We know people often have things they’re willing to donate to us, so please, if you do, let us know. 
You could help us save lives. #suicideprevention

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 admin@harmless.org.uk