Meet the Team: Sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Trainer for Harmless.

My role is to connect with as many people as possible and raise awareness and knowledge around the areas of self-harm and suicide. I will also be contributing towards the development of the training programme. Training is given in order to meet people’s needs but, just as importantly to inspire prevention.

I am a new member of Harmless and am very excited to be working for such a remarkable organisation. Harmless has truly overwhelmed me by the amount it has achieved through such a small yet astounding group of people. Every member gives their all to provide a voice to those that are unheard and support those who feel alone.

My background is mainly in education, both primary and secondary. I have been a teacher and also worked as a part of a pastoral team in schools. As a result this has brought me into close contact with many of the trials and tribulations young adolescents experience. I also have personal experience of self-harm and as a result believe passionately in the value and importance of organisations such as Harmless. I believe Harmless provides support and hope to many, something which was not available to me when I was young.

By working with Harmless I am hoping to reach out to the nation, and even beyond, to enlighten minds and provide hope.

To book any of our courses take a look at our website. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Upcoming courses include:

MHFA 26th – 27th August: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue.

ASIST 7th – 8th September: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.

Meet the Team: Jack, our Administrator

Hello, I’m Jack. I am currently part of the administration team here at Harmless. My role within the organisation can be quite varied, from completing day to day administration tasks to helping to organise Harmless’ annual celebration event and everything in between.

Alongside my role as an administrator, I am also part of the training team. Together with our Training Co-ordinator, Sophie, we facilitate and organise the delivery or self harm and suicide awareness training to many groups and organisations from across the country.

However it’s not just training direct to organisations we provide, we also hold many different training days here at Harmless HQ tackling a variety of different subjects. Some of our upcoming training includes our Introduction to Self Harm General Training day with the next session to take place on 23rd June. We will also be running Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and sessions on a regular basis, the latter next being held on 7th-8th September.

I am looking forward to being part of all of these exciting changes and additions to the Harmless training program, as we spread awareness, information and skills on how to support those who Self Harm or have been affected by Suicide.

Meet the team: Sophie, our Training Co-ordinator

My name is Sophie and I am the Training Co-ordinator for Harmless. As part of my role I also deliver ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) training.

I have worked at Harmless for about 2 months now and am thoroughly enjoying my role.  Having known about Harmless for quite a few years, I was drawn to it as I have had my own personal experiences through life and know people that also have had their own. Working here I knew I could share these experiences and not feel judged. Due to this, I really wanted to be able to help in raising awareness and work towards reducing stigma by being able to share my experiences first hand.

It is an extremely varied role, however focuses on the training aspect that Harmless provide. On a day to day basis I manage the team of Trainers, manage the training bookings, liaise with clients about their training needs and obtain new and regular training to ensure we can continue to raise awareness of self-harm, suicide prevention and support other organisations effectively.

I am very committed to being able to deliver a range of training and am extremely excited to be delivering ASIST training in September and MHFA very soon as well. These 2 day workshops are so vital in terms of being able to support those at risk of suicide and those in crisis in regards to mental ill-health, so I am very proud to be delivering these. Not only does it help people at risk, it also helps to reduce stigma around such a difficult subject and gives people the skills and confidence to be able to talk about these topics.

I really look forward to sharing with you how these deliveries go.