From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Claire Dixon

Claire has been a specialist trainer with Harmless since November 2016. She previously coordinated and delivered healthy relationship work in secondary schools for domestic abuse prevention charity Equation.

Claire volunteered with Samaritans for five years as a listening volunteer, trainer, and coordinator for HMP Nottingham’s Listeners Scheme.

Claire’s passion for training in this sector comes through experience working with young people and schools, as well as personal experience of self harm, suicide and mental health problems. Through training, she hopes to further promote awareness and challenge stigma around self harm, mental health and suicide.

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From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Dr Alys Cole-King

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Alys Cole-King is a Consultant Liason Psychiatrist who maintains a clinical and public health role within the NHS. She works nationally with Royal Colleges, voluntary bodies, academics, and experts by experience to raise awareness of suicide and self-harm. She promotes the need for compassion, collaboration, improved governance and promotes a common language to ensure an improved and more integrated response to people at risk of suicide. A contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Suicide and Self-harm Prevention, Alys is also on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Mental Health Training Advisory Group, and has contributed to their curriculum. Alys leads international campaigns via social media and works with the media to ensure a compassionate and safe approach to suicide prevention.

As Connecting with People Clinical Director, Alys led the development of Connecting with People’s Suicide Assessment Framework E-Tool (SAFETool). This approach is based on more than 20 years clinical experience, a thorough review of published evidence and a full time research project using psychological autopsy technique to investigate factors relating to episodes of self-harm or suicide attempts. Alys is a primary author of a number of papers, book chapters, webinars, podcasts, blogs and self-help resources on suicide and self-harm prevention, Alys has also contributed to the RCGP e-learning module on suicide prevention and delivered a BMJ Masterclass Webinar on suicide mitigation. Alys sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Compassionate Health Care, is a reviewer for several journals and sits on the international Expert Reference group advising Griffiths University academics, a WHO Collaborating Centre on responding to professionals who have experienced the suicide of a patient.

 

From Harm to Hope Conference: 

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

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From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Caroline Harroe, CEO, Harmless

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Caroline is Harmless’ CEO and one of its co-founders, launching the service in 2007 with fellow Director Amy, and ensuring the service has gone from strength to award winning strength.

Caroline has over 15 years’ experience in the field of self harm and mental health. A practicing psychotherapist and a tireless campaigner for equality for those experiencing mental health difficulties. Caroline is currently completing her PhD, is an elected member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance and is involved in many local and national suicide prevention strategy and research projects.

Leading with experience, Caroline overcame her personal experience of self harm and mental health problems and after a long battle to overcome these difficulties, she now hopes to inspire hope in others by sharing her recovery.

From Harm to Hope Conference: 

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.

As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide.

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Suicide prevention training in Nottingham 

This CPD-accredited course will help expand your understanding and awareness of suicide prevention by exploring attitudes and beliefs to suicide, identifying and assessing risk, implementing a safe plan, and recognising effective models of intervention.The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence and skills in responding to, and signposting, those at risk as well as their families, friends and professionals.

Level 3 (advanced) training is suitable for professionals who have attended previous introductory training whose role involves supporting those in distress.

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in the UK, and for British men under 50. In order to better support individuals in crisis, we are running our advanced level Suicide Awareness and Prevention training. We know that most people who disclose distress will be speaking to non-professionals such as friends and family who may have no formal training. In addition, any professional who works with people can benefit from learning more about assessing risk, safety planning, and responding to individuals in crisis using brief interventions.

Link to this session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suicide-prevention-level-3-advanced-training-tickets-37915182331

£110 per place

 

Speak up and speak out about stress!

Today is National Stress Awareness Day 
#INSAD2017 and #internationalstressawarenessday

 

 Join us, Monday 13th November for our Self-care in the workplace training workshop 9:30-13:30, Nottingham 

 This CPD-accredited course will improve your awareness of positive self-care strategies for staff, carers and clients, how to promote and maintain emotional wellbeing, and identifying risks to resilience, particularly in relation to workplace stress and “burnout”.

 The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence in reducing workplace stressencouraging self-care, and effectively signposting individuals to support.

This course is open to anyone who would like to explore more about self-care in the workplace.

 To book a place click here.

Work related stress, anxiety and depression statistics in Great Britain 2016

The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show:

  • The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers. 
  • By occupation, jobs that are common across public service industries (such as healthcare workers; teaching professionals; business, media and public service professionals) show higher levels of stress as compared to all jobs.
  • The main work factors cited by respondents as causing work related stress, depression or anxiety (LFS) were workload pressures, including tight deadlines and too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support

Start Living….

1. START TO PUT YOURSELF FIRST

2. START TO PRIORITISE TASKS

3. START TO MAKE TIME TO RELAX & MENATLLY UNWIND

4. START TO EMPATHISE WITH OTHERS

5. START TO LIVE LIFE TOTHE FULL

Stop Stressing….

6. STOP IGNORING YOUR NEEDS

7. STOP GETTING DISTRACTED

8. STOP ALLOWING OTHERS TO MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR

9. STOP BEING JUDGMENTAL

10. STOP AVOIDING THE THINGS YOU LEAST WANT TO DO

 

Harmless’ 10th anniversary celebration event a great success!

Thank you to everyone who supported us, and came to our celebration event. The evening was a huge success and one we will remember. It was a truly amazing evening from the outset and throughout and we all went away feeling incredibly humbled by the reactions and positivity of those in attendance.

We were supported by so many individuals and businesses and we can’t express our gratitude for that support enough.

Thank you to Thomas, our wonderful photographer who has now twice dedicated his time in supporting us at events. Being able to look back on those moments you captured means a great deal to us.

Thank you to Deri, A Moment’s Notice and Wilf & the Hullabalos. You all really made the evening incredibly special with your fantastic musical performances. We are all really grateful for your help by stepping in last minute.

Thank you for Wes at Ruddington Grange for all the support in the lead up to the event!! You were amazing and really looked after us!!!

Thank you to all the businesses (big and small!) who supported us with raffle and auction prizes: Super + Super, Cath Kidston Nottingham, Planet Bounce, LC FC, Oscar and Rosie’s, Team Sport, Denby Pottery, Eden Hall Spa, Aspell Cyder, Create Gift Love, National Ice Centre, Megan Makes Illustration, Paper Veil Weddings, Microflight, Boots, Ragdale Hall, DawnsBaloons4all and many, many more.

And finally a thank you to everyone who came and supported us, without you all, we wouldn’t be here in a position to celebration ten years in service. Your support means that the 30,000 individuals we have supported so far can keep growing for years and years to come, and ultimately be able to save more lives.

A magical evening and one we won’t forget. Thank you.

The Harmless team

Harmless and the Tomorrow Project head office has now moved, please note our new address and new phone numbers.

We have now embarked on a new journey in our new premises. Our new address is as follows:

1 Beech Avenue, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, NG7 7LJ.

While we will be seeing clients at the new offices, we will also continue to see clients at NCVS. Clients should speak to their Therapist or Project Worker to confirm the location of their appointment.

As part of this new venture, we have also taken on new phone numbers, please note that any messages left on our old numbers will no longer be monitored.

Harmless & Tomorrow Project (Admin only):     0115 880 0280

Let’s Talk Training:                                                 0115 880 0281

Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis Line:                 0115 880 0282

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks 09th Oct-22nd Oct

In line with Nottingham’s  Mental Health Awareness Weeks Let’s Talk Training are running a Mental Health Workshop at our NEW offices.

This CPD-accredited course will develop your knowledge and understanding of mental health conditions, explore what influences mental wellbeing, learn first aid provision for various conditions, and understand the importance of recovery and support.

The course uses a variety of interactive tools to build delegates’ confidence in reducing the stigma around mental health, providing initial support, and effectively signposting individuals to specialist services. This includes awareness and skills around suicide intervention.

Level 2 (intermediate) training is suitable for anyone with some existing understanding of mental health conditions, specifically frontline staff.

Mental health Level 2 training

16th October 2017

£70 per delegate

Harmless, 1 Beech Avenue, Nottingham NG7 7LJ

CPD accredited (7hrs)

 

For more information or to book onto the course please visit our Eventbrite link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-level-2-intermediate-training-tickets-37914650741

Not long left to get your raffle tickets!

Why not get your tickets for our fantastic raffle with some amazing prizes! The deadline for purchasing your raffle tickets online will be 12pm on Friday 6th October 2017.

Tickets cost £1 each and can be purchased through our online shop at this link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Raffle-2017

The raffle will be drawn during our 10th anniversary celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 and winners will be contacted within two weeks.

 

Take a look at our amazing selection of prizes…

£100 John Lewis Voucher

Eden Hall simply spa day experience gift card

Cath Kidston Handbag

Cath Kidston Purse

Jo Malone Candle

Paper Veil Weddings £70 voucher for a bespoke limited edition print

£50 gift voucher for dinner at Las Iguanas

£50 Mulino Pods Glamping Voucher and Cool Camping Book

Pudding Pantry voucher for pudding and coffee for two

Two Notts County match day tickets

Two Broadway Cinema tickets

 1 x National Ice Centre family pass (4 people)

2 x Planet Bounce Vouchers

2 x Day Visit Tickets for Kew Gardens

East Leake Manor Farm & Woodlands vouchers

Two Sheffield Wednesday match day tickets

Oscar & Rosies £20 pizza gift voucher

Great Central Railway family ticket (2 adults & 3 children)

Create Gift Love handmade magnets & coasters

Super + Super paper cutting book

Family crazy golf – The Lost City tickets

Makeup selection

Kenzo vanity case

LaCoste Perfume Bag

Tennis Balls

Collection of CDs

A bottle of wine

New training days available – Book now on Eventbrite…

As the season changes, schools are back in session, and the shops start stocking up for (shhh) Christmas, Harmless embark on their office move. We are excited to announce our first set of training dates to be held in our new space! We have set up an Eventbrite page, which will make booking our training easier than ever before. We are holding a range of different sessions between now and December, so please take a look at our page and contact our training team if you have any questions, 0115 934 8446.

You can book onto one of our training sessions at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

We look forward to seeing you there!