From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

JOIN US
£150 per delegate place*
Or
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes. 

Harmless recognises that self harm affects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

JOIN US
£150 per delegate place*
Or
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes. 

Harmless recognises that self harm affects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019

Harmless drop in dates

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague. We can offer information or advice about any concerns you may have around self harm.

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree….

Here at Harmless we have received donations of artificial Christmas trees and would love to donate them to those who would otherwise not be able to afford a tree this Christmas.

If anyone would like a Christmas tree please send us an email to info@harmless.org.uk to reserve a tree and we will send you details of how to collect.

Please note that all trees are artificial and no decorations are included. We have a limited number of trees and will be donated on a first come first served basis.

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

JOIN US
£150 per delegate place*
Or
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes. 

Harmless recognises that self harm affects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019

Hope’s fundraising for Harmless

We are currently being supported by the wonderful Hope who is fundraising for our life saving service, Harmless.

“I lost a friend early this year and it really taught me just how much mental health support is need. One of the things we used to do together was run, so I am running the Bath Half marathon in memory of her and to raise money Harmless so that no one has to struggle alone.”

Take a look at Hopes fundraising page https://localgiving.org/fundraising/hopeforharmless/

Thank you so much for supporting our life saving work Hope <3

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Training – What have we been up to lately?

September came and went as quick as a flash and autumn is well and truly underway. So, with their coats and woolly scarves the training team have been out and about across the country delivering courses and supporting some amazing conferences.

I’d like to take the time to speak about all the lovely people I met recently, unfortunately I do not think I will have enough ‘paper’ to give them all the recognition they deserve. Instead I have decided to share with you the many conferences I have been involved in during September to October, so far.

My first stop was London for the conference Can Anyone Hear Me. This is a Red Rocket Event and is an initiative born from the desire to raise awareness of young adults in crisis; to give them a voice. The ingenuity was initially inspired by the tenacious Jenny Rayner, family and friends who were faced with the impact of mental illness and the challenges associated with this when Jenny lost her daughter, Lucy, to suicide in 2012. So down I travelled to the busy world of London, on a sunny Thursday morning, and was welcomed in to provide an interactive session on Mental health & Self-care.

Second conference was the East Midlands Ofsted Safeguarding Conference, held in Leicester. Here I mingled with many Designated Safeguarding Leads and Educational Staff resolute in the protection of children and young people. It was heartening to be a part of this raising awareness of Self harm and Suicide prevention, as well as knowledge of our services. What really stood out for me was the steadfast atmosphere of working on safety.

The next conference took place in Norwich as a part of the Norfolk Suicide Prevention Learning Event. This was a large event and involved academics, professionals and service users all coming together to learn more about suicide and develop practical skills to be able to support those in distress and the wider impact. It was also with great sadness we learnt of Oz Osborne’s passing; Oz was a director of the organisation The Outsiders, he was an innovator and a thinker. He had a background in mental health and wellbeing consultancy, and a proven track-record of creating innovative approaches to social issues. However, it was clear his motivation will live on in all of us helping to continue his wonderful work of breaking stigma, raising awareness and supporting those in distress.

Last and by no means least, the last conference I have attended is for Impero our wonderful and pioneering partners. This is their first conference and very exciting to be a part of too. Impero’s dedication towards educational establishments promotes hope and positive change. To me it demonstrated the importance of supporting our children and young people in an ever-changing world by being adaptable and flexible.

It has been a motivational start to autumn and a privilege to be apart of such positive work. I can’t wait to attend the future conferences we are supporting over the next few months. Makes winter much easier to look forward to.

 

 

In the News: One in three young people have mental health troubles, survey finds

One in three young people are suffering from mental troubles such as depression, negative feelings or inability to focus, a survey of more than 5,500 British teenagers has found. The findings suggest that more school-age children than previously thought are struggling with their mental and emotional wellbeing, including problems sleeping properly.
Of the 5,555 people aged between 13 and 15 from across the UK who answered the charity Action for Children’s survey, 1,840 were found to have an issue.
 
The most common problems experienced were feeling depressed or anxious, displaying restless sleep and an inability to shake off negative feelings, even with the help of family and friends. Others said they found it hard to “get going”, could not focus on what they were doing or felt that everything was “an effort”.
“It’s troubling that so many of our young people are dealing with issues of depression and anxiety, and all too often alone,” said Julie Bentley, Action for Children’s chief executive.
 
The findings come a week after Theresa May announced new plans to improve the prevention, identification and treatment of mental health conditions in children and young people. That includes pupils in England being taught “resilience” as part of the national curriculum, teachers being trained to spot mental health issues and the publication of an annual report into under-18s’ mental health.
 
All 5,555 participants took part in a research exercise using the CES-D scale, which asks 20 questions about someone’s mental welfare and yields a potential maximum score of 60. A third of the teenagers had a score of at least 20, which meant Action for Children recommended that they receive treatment to help them as part of the charity’s “blues programme”. It offers psychological support to pupils who are feeling depressed.
Pressure arising from school work and social media can be too much for young people and help explain the high prevalence of mental health problems among them, added Bentley. “Young people are increasingly concerned about their futures as they become more aware of the political environment around them,” she said. “Many are dealing with the intense pressure of school work, others are experiencing problems at home. “Add in navigating an increasingly complex 24/7 world with constant stimulation from social media and things often become too much for young people to handle.”
 
The results indicated that mental health problems are more widespread in young people than previous research has found. They come a month before the NHS publishes the first new estimate since 2004 of how many under-18s in England have a diagnosable condition. Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, and the National Audit Office have both said they expect it to show that rates are much higher than the one in 10 that emerged from the 2004 research.
 
Concerns have been growing that NHS services are unable to cope with the continuing rise in demand for mental health care from under-18s and that many are either being forced to wait up to 18 months for treatment or being denied it altogether. Last year 324,724 children and young people accessed NHS care in England for problems such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
An NHS England spokesperson said: “The NHS in England has made significant progress in improving children’s mental health, including improving access and treatment times, with 70,000 more young people each year set to get help.”
 
It has opened 183 extra beds for under-18s who need inpatient care and plans another 71 by March. It is also improving services for teenagers who end up in a mental health crisis and are at risk of self-harm or suicide, the spokesperson added.
 
It will also set out further plans in the NHS’s long-term plan, which is due to be published in December.
 
Link to original blog: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/18/one-in-three-young-people-suffering-mental-health-troubles-survey-finds

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

JOIN US
£150 per delegate place*
Or
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes. 

Harmless recognises that self harm affects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019

From Harm to Hope, Friday 1st March 2019

Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Friday 1st March 2019, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is: ‘our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes’.

JOIN US
£150 per delegate place*
Or
2 delegate places for £200*

Conference details:

The theme of our conference is Our young people: intervention & early intervention for improved outcomes. 

Harmless recognises that self harm affects 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 new 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.

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.

Speakers:

Dr Nav Kapur

Dr ​Alys Cole-King

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill

Dr Sarah Cassidy

http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/self-harm-conference-2019