Self Harm Conference, 1st March 2018: Free sponsored places now open for applications!


We have now secured sponsorship from our Community Champions – Nottingham City Transport, Impero, Micropropagation Services (EM) Ltd, Logistics and Warehouse Services Ltd, Pedigree Automotive Solutions Ltd, Hopkins Solicitors & The A.W. Lymn Centenary Foundation – for free places to our conference on 1st March 2018 and are now inviting applications for these free places.

If you would like to attend our conference in one of these free places, you will need to complete an application form which you can download using the link below.

All applications must be submitted to no later than 11am on Friday 16th February 2018. Any late submissions may not be considered.

Please click here to download our Sponsored Places Application Form

Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee you a free place. All applications will be considered by Harmless management and you will be informed if you have been successful. If you do not hear back from us, please assume you have not been successful.


Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope

Wednesday 1st March 2017

Usual Price £150 per delegate place


What is the purpose of the conference?

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Self harm: Suicide prevention starts here’.

Harmless recognises that self harm effects 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 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.

The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base, including young people and adults.

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.


Confirmed Speakers:

Professor Louis Appleby

who leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.


Dr Karen Slade

Dual Harm: Towards an understanding of those who harm themselves and others.


Laura Dunkley & Michelle Harden

Hearing the Suicidal Patient’s Emotional Pain.



  • Sarah Kessling (Harmless) – Effective risk assessment and safety planning.
  • Claire Dixon (Harmless) – Self harm and suicide: The missing link.
  • Pam Burrows – Does your organisation have a C.A.R.E. culture or a SCARE culture? An introduction to the C.A.R.E. model for a developing a sustainable wellbeing culture in your organisation.
  • Naomi Watkins & Alex Parkin – Domestic abuse, self-harm & suicide – what is the correlation, how can we help?
  • Marie Armstrong – Self-harm and Young people – not what I intended it to be.
  • Sarah Fairbank & Ann Watts – Working with complex trauma, self harm and suicide.
  • Gloucestershire Public Health – Developing a comprehensive all age pathway for people who self harm in Gloucestershire.
  • World Café – A chance to speak to people with lived experience.



The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre, located on Nottingham Trent Universities City Campus. The address for the conference centre is: Burton St, Nottingham, NG1 4BU.


Where can I find more information?

If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email

Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 880 0280

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