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SELF-HARM support organisation Harmless will forever have a reminder of more lighthearted subjects as it has been awarded a permanent Red Nose plaque. The plaque – the first of its kind in Nottingham – was given by Comic Relief as it announced £114,000 funding for the social enterprise.
Harmless, based in Mansfield Road, offers self-harm support to adults and young people through therapy, DVDs, drop-in sessions and information.
Chief executive Caroline Harroe said: “We’ve seen a 60 per cent rise in the number of referrals for self-harm and therapy is becoming more complex. What we do saves lives and although this is a nice chance to take a step back and
see how far we’ve come, we are looking forward to the future.”
The organisation speaks to thousands of people in a year and has been receiving matched funding from Children in Need over the past three years. But it hopes to expand – creating up to eight new jobs in therapy and support and helping give advice and therapy to more potential people that self-harm.
One client who attended Harmless for two years but asked not to be named, said she could now cope with her nerves and anxiety. “Before I was seeing my counsellor, I used to harm myself a lot. It used to help me cope with stress and other things. It made me feel better when I hurt myself. I even had suicidal thoughts and thought I was going crazy.
“I can now deal with things a lot more easily. We talked about mood, thoughts and behaviour.”
Caroline, who self-harmed for 10 years, added: “When people access our service, it can really frighten them. But the Red Nose will give that bit of comic respite.
It will resonate with some young people and help get them through our door.”
Comic Relief is set to give Red Nose plaques to 120 projects it has helped in the East Midlands. The Harmless plaque has a quote from Billy Connolly. “He is an ambassador for mental health,” said Caroline. “He talks openly about it but using humour to get his message across.”