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. 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.
Our team have been working tirelessly to make this event a success. 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.
Our service will be closed for the day and we will re-open Monday 04/03/2019, thank you for your understanding.
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.
Keith Waters, Director of the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Keith Waters has over 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry over 30 years with self-harm and suicide prevention an area of special interest and approaching 40 years of NHS working. Was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust in 2013, is joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England, Clinical director for self-harm and suicide prevention for the Trust and has a seat on the National Suicide Prevention Alliance steering group.
He has been the Regional Suicide Prevention manager then Clinical Advisor for Suicide Prevention with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. He is also an experienced trainer, facilitator and presenter, including as consultant trainer for STORM Skills Training, having helped develop and deliver the SAPT (Suicide Awareness Partnership Training) program across the East Midlands; and as a Primary Trainer for Connecting with People. Keith is joint author on numerous published research works, chapters in clinical text books on self-harm and suicide prevention and has contributed to policy and practice guidance.
Almost from Harmlessness’ inception Keith has maintained a close, active and supportive contact with Harmless and holds in great admiration what they have and are achieving. Keith would like to add that chair today is a privilege for him and would like to extend thanks to harmless for the invitation and would also like to thank the delegates, workshop facilitators and speakers for devoting time for today.
As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:
Service user representation
Overcoming stigma and discrimination
Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.
This years theme is: Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes.