Photography project- we need you!

We are currently recruiting individuals to our suicide awareness photography project.

If you have been touched by suicide in some way, either through your own battle of lived experience, supporting someone you love in this battle or tragically lost someone to suicide and want to take part, we want to hear from you.

All we need you to do is send us your name and phone number and a sentence about your experiences and we will put you in touch with our photographer. Email us at info@harmless.org.uk

The images will form part of an exhibition to mark world suicide prevention day and shoots will happen in and around Nottingham.

BIG NEWS! Our Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Centre Receives Government Backing!

Yesterday the government announced the 51 successful projects for its Beyond Places of Safety Fund.

The new scheme is aimed at helping improve the provision of health-based Places of Safety for those detained under S135 and S136 of the Mental Health Act and to improve services for people who are vulnerable to or recovering from a mental health crisis.

We applied many months ago for funds and have waited for what seems like such a long time to hear a decision.

50th on the long list of 51, and after a long and anxious scroll through, I saw our name.

We’ve been funded.

In brief what this means is that we’ve been awarded enough money to buy our property in Nottingham from which to run our suicide specialist services in self harm, suicide crisis and bereavement.

For the first time in Nottinghamshire there will be a secure and thriving provision all under one roof. It’s own roof!

We’re still a little shocked that this has happened because finances have been tight and testing for a long while, but for now we hope this sends out a message of hope… this service will have a permanent roof over its head. We are going nowhere.

In 2007 when our service was delivered from the kitchen side at home, who’d have believed it?!

Anything can happen if you believe in it enough and fight hard enough.

If you need us, we will be here. We know that now for sure.

Join up to Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 10k walking fundraiser.

CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention. CLASP together with organisations across the country, seek to raise suicide awareness. This is achieved by providing a directory of charities, counselling services, self care advice and much more from numerous parties across the country.

CLASP have announced  7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham. The events have grown over the course of 4 years via public support wanting to obtain, more mental health wellbeing information and participate in raising awareness and reducing the stigma in their local and regional communities.

Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. Take part in a 10 mile walking challenge and help create a world with good mental health for all. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walking-out-of-darkness-2018-10883871498.

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Thank you Harry

A huge thank you to Harry Starbuck for the fantastic photography last Friday. Harry volunteered his time and his skill set to capture the moments we shared with staff and students of Nottingham college. We are so grateful!

Take a look at Harry’s amazing photography page: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HarryStarbuckPhotography/
Instagram @hsphoto1499

Here he is in action ….

Thank you again for volunteering to support us on Friday,

The Harmless and Tomorrow Project team.

How social media affects mental health in young people by Lucy Nichol via the Metro

Jeremy Hunt has recently warned companies like Facebook and Google that they face new laws relating to social media and young people, because social media exposes children to ‘harm’.

But is it really as simple as that? If there’s one person who knows about young people’s mental health its campaigner and TES columnist Natasha Devon MBE. Ms Devon spends much of her time visiting schools and talking to young people about her experience. In her new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental, An A-Z From Anxiety To Zero F**ks Given, there are whole chapters on the topic. She says: ‘I don’t think any reasonable person would contest that social media and smart phones are having a dramatic impact on how we think and behave. ‘I also believe the government could play a role in regulation by, for example, providing public health guidelines around screen time and social media exposure for both children and adults.

 

Read the rest of this article at https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/15/how-social-mediaaffects-mental-health-in-young-people-7544674/

Mental health and the unsung heroes

As last week was mental health week I wanted to shine a light on a group that are often forgotten in the battle for better mental health. A group that is very much in the trenches, who are taking the full brunt of each attack and who are often the driving force to continue the fight. This group is of course the loved ones of a person who is suffering from a mental health condition.
We are slowly becoming better at discussing mental illness, we are more accepting of people who are diagnosed with or suffering from symptoms of such illnesses and we are beginning to change how we treat these people. However we often forget about the wider impact that such issues have on the people who take care of and support these people every day.
Consider the mother who has to will her son to continue living every day, or the father who can protect his daughter from everyone, except herself.
Every day the people who love someone who suffers from poor mental health prepare themselves to take on the daily onslaught of negative thoughts, dangerous behaviours and desperate despair. They know they have to be the strong ones, the source of support, the bright side. They do it brilliantly, with complete compassion and often without complaint, driven by the ultimate fear of losing someone they love.
I know this because I loved a person who suffered from poor mental health, every day I would fight on their behalf, battle to gain more help for them, better help, preach to make people understand and I often suffered the pain of watching them slowly spiralling deeper and deeper to the point of no return. It was hard. But someone needed to help them through, they needed to know they were loved, that we cared.
Nobody ever asked me how I was coping.
The fact is that I was not coping, I was ignoring my own needs, my feelings and aspirations. I was ignoring the warning signs that my own mental well being was slipping.
I realised I had to care for myself as much as I cared for my loved one, my life mattered too. I achieved this by being honest with myself and those around me, by asking for help and becoming educated about mental health and how to help people improve it.
So to all the parents, carers, partners, families and friends out there, I salute you. You are the unsung heroes in the war against mental health, you are the true experts, the real champions, the life savers. Take care of yourselves, your mental health is every bit as important as that of those you care for, if you are struggling ask for support you don’t have to do it alone. You matter too.
 
Kate

Sunshine predicted for 10k walking out of darkness!

Warm weather predicted for Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ 10k walking fundraiser!

  CLASP Charity raises awareness & support for those suffering the Stigma surrounding Mental illness & increase Suicide Prevention.  CLASP have announced 7 ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ events from May to October 2018 (Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day) in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham

Nottingham’s ‘Walking Out Of Darkness’ event is taking place on Sunday 27th May (bank holiday weekend) on Victoria Embankment. The event starts at 10am with the fundraising walk beginning at 11am along the ‘Big Track/Wheel’ on Victoria Embankment.

 Our team are incredibly excited to be hosting a stand at the event. If you’d like to find out more about our service the team will be happy to help. We will be able to tell you all about our work in the field of self harm and suicide prevention.  If you’re interested in getting some support for yourself or someone that you are concerned about, then we want to
answer your questions and help in any way we can. We also provide lots of other services: we deliver self harm and suicide prevention training, publish books and resources on the subjects, provide email support and work with schools. Come along to find out more.

 We are really looking forward to the day and hope to see lots of you there! ..don’t forget your  suncream!

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https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walking-out-of-darkness-2018-10883871498

Can you help?

We are in desperate need of lockable filing cabinets for our service.

With our growing service and all the money we raise or receive going directly to therapeutic support, we are unable to find the funds to buy the cabinets, so we are asking you all for help.

The cabinets will be used by the team at our Harmless offices.

Are you able to help us?

Please give us a call at 0115 880 0280 or email info@harmless.org.uk if you can help.

Thank you

The Tomorrow Project charity shop

We are really excited to announce the opening of our charity shop! The small pop up shop is in our Harmless building foyer. Please pop in, take a look, bag a bargain and support our life saving service. Win win!

 

Address:

1 Beech Avenue
Sherwood Rise
Nottingham
NG7 7LJ

 

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

Workplace stress should be regulated as safety hazard says charity after third of Britons admit feeling suicidal via the Independent

Employers should be regulated to minimise psychological hazards which pile on stress and affect workers’ health and safety. A third of people in Britain have experienced suicidal feelings, according to one of the largest ever reports on the nation’s mental health and the growing toll of an unchecked stress epidemic. The report by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) calls for societal change in the way mental health is treated, alongside new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as seriously as physical health and safety. Launched to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the Stress: are we coping? report is thought to be the most comprehensive look at the damage being caused by self-neglect. Figures released today from a survey of more than 4,600 UK adults found three out of four have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past year because of stress – though this was 81 per cent among women.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/workplace-stress-suicide-mental-health-safety-regulations-awareness-week-a8347216.html