Merry Christmas from Harmless and The Tomorrow Project

On behalf of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team, we hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas.

As we said yesterday, Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone. While some of us are celebrating with our families, others are suffering, often in silence. People can feel isolated at this time of year, alone, or because this time of year is a time of reflection, can feel mournful and sad. It’s important to notice people around you and how they’re feeling. Often it’s not the grand gestures that can make a difference to how someone is feeling but the simple things- a phone call or text, a hug and a chat.

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.

How to help someone who is struggling this Christmas

Christmas isn’t always an easy time and at Harmless we recognize this and want to make sure everyone feels confident in how to support someone who may be struggling, particularly over the festive period.

 

Let the person know you are there for them and you care about them. It could be a small text, an email, you could even pop round for a tea or send them a card. Just reach out to them. It’s the small things that make the biggest difference.

 

Everyone will need different support, so talk to who is struggling and ask them what they might find useful to have your help with, and identify things they can try to do themselves. Empower them.

 

Let friend’s know it’s okay to talk…you’re there for them to listen, without judgment.

 

Being open around mental health challenges stigma in a positive light and may be all a friend needs to be comfortable in asking for our help.

 

These are five steps that research shows can help people with mental health problems:

■            Assess risk of suicide or self-harm

■            Listen non-judgmentally

■            Give reassurance and information

■            Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help

■            Encourage self-help strategies.

 

Let’s all come together this Christmas so no one suffers in silence. Reach out to someone, it could save a life.

 

If you need immediate support please call Samaritans 116123, Hope Line phone 08000684141 text 07786209697, Sane line 03003047000, Wellness in Mind 08005610073

Harmless are here for you

Christmas is just around the corner and for many of us, ‘tis the season to be merry. This isn’t the case for everyone. Aside from the cold and dark months of winter having a physical effect on our bodies and brains, this time of the year can be difficult for people for a variety of reasons. If you celebrate Christmas there are the obvious financial and gift pressures, which can be incredibly real, for some of us more than others. It’s also naturally a time for reflection, as the year draws to a close and we think about what the year has brought for us, and those around us. Perhaps we’re not as close to our families as we’d like, maybe we don’t have the same kind of family relationships as others. We can compare our situations to “idyllic” ones and can feel guilty, sad, isolated, or worse. Maybe we’ve lost people in our lives or have had a particularly challenging year. Christmas is about love, giving, celebrating with those closest to us. This isn’t always easy.

 

Here at Harmless, we know that life can be hard. Mental ill health and suicidal thought don’t magically disappear just because Santa is on his way. This being said, many of us can prepare, emotionally, for what we might know will be a hard time of the year. What can be even more difficult than Christmas is the New Year. January and February can be really tough. Our Christmas spirit has been put away for another 12 months, and we are all faced with another fresh year. Suicide rates are higher just after Christmas than they are during the festive period – people can feel blue, particularly as the winter just keeps on going.

 

Please know that Harmless are here for you. Our clinical team are experts in supporting people through periods of distress. No matter who is in your life, please remember that we are here and we truly care.

 

We want to continue to support everyone who comes to our service, and if you want to help us, you can vote for us in the Cheer For Good campaign. This will give us the chance to win a grant of £2000, which would help us continue to save lives. To vote, please create a Twitter or Facebook post with the following: #CheerForGood and @HarmlessUK.

 

Seasons greetings from us all xx

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…

We would love to re-home all the Christmas Trees in our Forest of hope to people in need or distress. If anyone would like a Christmas tree please send us an email at info@harmless.org.uk to reserve the tree and you can collect Friday 15 December.

 

We want to do all we can to bring as much joy and hope to anyone in need. If you’d like a tree from our forest of hope, please let us know.

Ways to contact:

info@harmless.org.uk or 0115 880 0280

Send a card, Save a life.

Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale!

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Send a card, save a life!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes

All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Buy yours in our online store: www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards 

Why not spread some festive cheer with our premium quality Christmas cards, and help save lives while doing so!

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Save a life this Christmas!

Please support our Christmas Appeal. if you were thinking of donating instead of sending cards, or you’d like to do something good for someone instead of buying a gift – then please think of us.

Each year we receive more and more requests for help and hear increasingly tragic stories of loss, yet we still have no statutory funding for our work.

For us to even think about delivering the same level of support in 2018 we are going to need your help.

Please share our appeal far and wide. However little or much you can afford, every penny will help. Please visit the following link if you would like to make a donation:

https://localgiving.org/appeal/savealife/?preview=1267

Send a card, save a life

It’s almost that time of year again…..

 

Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season!

Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes

 All the money raised will go directly towards supporting the ongoing work of Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and saving lives.

Make someone’s day and reach out to them with a special card, the small things really make the biggest difference.

Get your Christmas Cards here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Christmas-cards

Merry Christmas from Harmless and The Tomorrow Project

On behalf of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team, we hope you all have a safe and happy Christmas.

As we said yesterday, Christmas isn’t an easy time for everyone. While some of us are celebrating with our families, others are suffering, often in silence. People can feel isolated at this time of year, alone, or because this time of year is a time of reflection, can feel mournful and sad. It’s important to notice people around you and how they’re feeling. Often it’s not the grand gestures that can make a difference to how someone is feeling but the simple things- a phone call or text, a hug and a chat.