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

Training Offer – discounts for bookings made and paid before July.

Have you thought about having training for your team on self harm, suicide or mental health?
To promote access to our courses we are offering a 10% discount on bookings booked and paid for before July (can be delivered at any other point).

Our specialist training team can deliver:

A 2 day ASIST course

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older-regardless of prior experience-who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
A 2 day MHFA course

MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches

you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

Bespoke Specialist Level 4 IAPT Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Training

This course provides an advanced overview of self harm and suicide training specifically aimed for those working within IAPT services

It covers the following;

* Awareness raising

* Policy, Strategy & Contextual issues

* Advanced skills

* Risk assessment & Safety plans

* Brief interventions

* Recovery 

A 1 day intermediate/advanced self harm course

Our general training days provide an opportunity for individuals from abroad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. 

Our training days cover:

* What self harm is, and who it effects

* What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm

* What can be done to support and help people who self harm

* Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace

* Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment

* Managing and assessing risk

A range of bespoke options for the above courses themes.

All of our courses are CPD accredited or externally validated, have service user representation at the heart of the work that we deliver and are clinically applicable.

All finance raised through the delivery of training is used to provide support services nationally for those facing crisis and unable to access help through traditional means. We are a non-profit making organisation and in you buying training through us can be assured of quality, performance and that you are saving lives with your actions. 

If you would like to have a chat with one of the team then give Sophie or

Sarah a ring on 0115 9348445 or email training@harmless.org.uk

We won’t give you the hard sell – what we want to do is enable as many people as possible to have appropriate training to suit their needs, so that ultimately we are all working together to save and improve lives.

NEW: Catch Up Cafe Dates

The dates for the *NEW* catch up café are here!

We have been holding monthly Catch Up Cafes here at Harmless and they have been a real success! Following feedback and a focus group, a need for a catch up café was identified. We created a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment for our clients to come and chat amongst each other, along with our friendly staff.

Dates:

April 12th – 3.30-4.30pm

May 10th – 4-5pm

June 14th – 3.30-4.30pm

The cafes are aimed at those 18+. Our staff will be on hand to provide information on how our service can support you and those you know. They will take place once a month at our Nottingham city office.

Address:

Harmless
NCVS
7 Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FB

See you at the Catch Up Café

This is courage…

When you face your own fears to raise money to help others face theirs, that’s courage. 

On Sunday Leanne jumped out of a plane for a fundraising skydive that will raise money for people who are feeling suicidal. 

She set her target at £400 but has a small amount to go to smash this. £400 will ensure that 16 people in crisis will get the support that they need. 

16 people who are thinking of taking their own life will have access to the help they need to stay alive.  

Please help her get over the finish line. After all, she just jumped out of a plane for us all!  

(Photographic evidence of the terror she faced to do this for us)

https://www.gofundme.com/skydiveforharmless
       

Safeguarding young people from sexting

There has been a rise in the number of sexting cases among young people. Many more young people now have access to phones and social media accounts and are engaging in or are affected by sexting. It is much easier for them to send and receive explicit messages and images.

Young people need to understand what sexting is, sending sexually explicit messages and or suggestive images, such as nudes.

Sexting is illegal among children. If a child is under the age of 18, it is illegal for them to take a nude photo of themselves or a friend, as well as distributing them even though the age of consent is 16 years, the Protection of Children Act means it is against the law for a child to share a sexual image.

Images covered under the law include naked pictures, topless photos of girls, any acts and sexual images in underwear. If a young person is found in possession of any of these, has been sending them or taking these types of photos, the Police can record it as a crime.

One of the most effective ways young people can be safeguarded against sexting is to talk to them about it.

Ensure they know what it is, how dangerous it can be and what the results of engaging in sexting are. This could help them make the right choice. If you do find that your child has been sexting, it is possible to get the images removed by contacting the Internet Watch Foundation, which will search for any explicit photos or videos of your child in order to protect them from possible ramifications.

To see how the Internet Watch Foundation can help, visit their website here: www.iwf.org.uk