Get your raffle tickets now!

Tickets are £1 each and you can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Raffle prizes include:

  • Two Sheffield Wednesday match day tickets
  • Two Notts County match day tickets
  • Paper Veil Weddings £70 voucher for a bespoke limited edition print
  • Two Broadway Cinema tickets
  • Great Central Railway family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)
  • Oscar & Rosies £20 pizza gift voucher
  • Eden Hall simply spa day experience gift card
  • Create Gift Love handmade magnets & coasters
  • Makeup selection
  • East Leake Manor Farm & Woodlands vouchers
  • £50 gift voucher for dinner at Las Iguanas
  • Family crazy golf – The Lost City tickets
  • 2x Super + Super paper cutting books
  • Kenzo vanity case
  • 2x National Ice Centre family pass (4 people)
  • Pudding Pantry voucher for pudding and coffee for two
  • A bottle of wine
Just over three weeks until our Harmless Celebration event and excitement is high. If there is ever an excuse to eat good food, have fun and raise awareness then the 7th of October is the time.

This year’s celebration is extra special as we will be also celebrating our ten year anniversary, having supported over 25,000 individuals.

To all who are coming, we look forward to seeing you there and to those who couldn’t attend we hope to see you in following years to come. However, it’s not too late to join in!

If you fancy a day out, some gift vouchers for a variety of places or some exclusive items, then why not buy a raffle ticket?

You can buy your raffle tickets here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

Tickets are £1 each and all the money raised goes directly towards helping us provide a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

The draw will take place on October 7th 2017 and all winners will be notified within two weeks of the draw taking place. Please make sure you include a phone number and email address so that we can contact you if you win. Ticket numbers will be emailed to you within 3 working days of receipt of payment.

Thank you for your support and good luck!

Photography work experience: can you help us?

We are looking for a photographer(s) to volunteer their time to photograph two of our upcoming events. This will be a great opportunity for work experience for a budding photographer and will provide a broad portfolio.

Events

1
WSPD Prevention Pathways: Suicide prevention workshops

September 8th 2017
09:00 – 15:45
Location: Sir Collin Campbell Building, NG8 1BB

This event entails photographing the workshops and deliveries and providing photographs suitable for future promotion use. We would like to have a portfolio of images to showcase the success of the event and for this to reflect on our leading suicide prevention service. This is a great opportunity to attend free workshops and leave with a portfolio of professional and academic work.

2
10 Year celebration event
October 7th 2017
18:30 onwards
Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

This event is a celebration of our work and marks our 10 years in service, supporting of 25,000 individuals. The event consists of a drinks reception, a sit down meal, raffles, auctions a live acoustic band. Catering for 100+ guests this will be an opportunity to photograph a larger event, gaining experience of photographing private functions in a lively and relaxed environment.

If you are interested in either of these events, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk or call us on 0115 934 8445.

Did someone say national chocolate chip cookie day?

4th August marks National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and a day we are certainly in favour for.

We decided to take a further look into this and found that baking is often associated with home comforts. Not only do we enjoy the process, it’s also a means of escape as we are just focussing on the activity at hand. Baking acts as a form of mindfulness, giving the mind breathing space and really does focus on self-care. This is without even mentioning eating all the delicious baked goods! What we also wanted to consider was the deeper, therapeutic effect baking has on our mental health, heres what we found…

Previous winner of The Great British Bake Off, John Whaite says: “Baking helps lift my depression. It can’t cure it but it helps.” John was diagnosed with depression twelve years ago and explains that baking is a way to turn negative energy into something constructive. He found it an effective way to manage his condition.

“When I’m in the kitchen, measuring the amount of sugar, flour or butter I need for a recipe or cracking the exact number of eggs – I am in control. That’s really important as a key element of my condition is a feeling of no control.”
We often bake for people as an expression of love, whether to cheer them up, celebrate an occasion or ‘just because’ and because of this ‘baking’ takes on a more important meaning than just creating something tasty to eat – it becomes a means of communicating.

At Harmless we love to bake! And we often do bake sales to support our life saving work. If you fancy coming on board and holding a bake sale we have a wonderful fundraising pack to support you.

All you need to do is send us an email to info@harmless.org.uk

What do we mean by self care?

The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.’

July 24th was International Self Care day and here are our suggestions on how you can get started on your own #selfcare

Connect

Good friendships play a significant role in promoting our overall health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Connecting with the people around you can play an important role in this as well. Here’s some tips to make new connections this Mental Health Awareness Week:

Talk to someone instead of sending an email. Or go the extra mile and write a letter, they are a lot more personal.

Speak to someone new, smile at everyone

Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you

Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them (better for them, for you and the environment, triple win!)

Get physical

We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body. Our physical health and mental health really do need equal importance.

Exercise effects chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. Brain cells use these chemicals to communicate with each other, so by exercising you release these and they will positively affect your mood and thinking.

Tips on getting physical:

-  Swap the lift for the stairs! < simple…but effective.

-  During your lunch break take a walk, fresh air & exercise is perfect

-  Get off the bus one stop earlier

-  Meet up with friends to go to the park

-  Yoga before bed

-  Join a sports team

Be aware

Being mindful of your surroundings can strengthen the mind and broaden awareness. Starting to practice mindfulness, 10 minutes per day, is known to have significantly positive health benefits.  Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Our suggestions:

-  Clear away clutter

-  Be conscious of the people around you, their emotions and the impact on yourself

-  Visit a new coffee shop

- Ask a friend to meet for a coffee and catch up

-  Leave 5 minutes earlier to walk and talk a longer walk, notice your surroundings

-  Notice sounds, smells, overall feelings. Don’t think too much about them, just be aware and note them in your mind

Keep learning!

The more we learn, the more we grow, and that in turn benefits not only ourselves but others around us.  Continuing to learn throughout our lives boosts our self-esteem and encourages social interaction which overall promotes positive wellbeing.

Few ideas to get you started:

-  Sign up for a class: a new language perhaps

-  Teach yourself a new skill: pompom making, knitting or baking? (our favourite!)

-  Join a life drawing class

- Enjoy a hot bubble bath with a bath bomb and watch the colours develop

Volunteer

Volunteering to help others in the community will boost confidence, make a difference, you’ll connect with others and make new friends. You’ll become part of a new community, whilst learning a new skill and having fun.

Please contact us is you would like to fundraise for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project by emailing chloe@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445.

Working hard and working smart

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they use it up. The real hero is already home…because they figured out a faster way to get things done.”- Jason Friend & David Heinemeier Hansson

Working hard and working smart are two different things.

Working hard involves commitment, involvement and sincerity it also means working honestly. Working smart refers to being creative and looking for other ways to get the work done faster and easier.

 

For example:

Working hard = Doing the job

Working smart = Getting the job done

 

Working hard = Thinking/planning after doing the job

Working smart = Thinking/planning ahead of the job

 

Working hard = Dedication or doing work without intention about result

Working smart = Always having the end result in view

Smart work is not a substitute of hard work they go hand in hand. You have to work hard to achieve things but if you do the wrong things, you can put all that effort in the wrong direction and end up in the wrong place.

For example, studying for six hours over the weekend might help you prepare for your exam the following week however, you could chose to study for an hour everyday over six days. The length of time spent is the same just the former is hard work and the latter is smart work.

The latter option helps in better retention of what is studied.

Also reading everyday for an hour is an easier goal to achieve than six hours in one day. Hence you are more likely to accomplish your goals simply because the psychological barrier is smaller. Finally, achieving smaller goals has a compound effect. Your overall personality will improve with small and steady progress everyday.

So in other words it is about…

…working harder, smarter.

Share a smile #startanepidemic

Came across this poem last night and thought I would share it with you all…

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

In celebration of this poem we thought we would raise a little money to create a few more smiles


Donate £1-5 to create some more smiles and saves lives.  Once you’ve donated take a photo and share your smile with us today on social media with the #startanepidemic 

@letstalknlearn @harmlessUK @lifevsuicide

Click on the link to access our local giving page click here


Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

 

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

Thank you to those who have already purchased their tickets to the event!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk