Stranger on the Bridge study: Request for help

This is an opportunity to work with the University of Exeter in their research into how members of the public can help prevent suicide in public places. This work is inspired by Jonny Benjamin’s The Stranger on the Bridge and the University would like to hear from you if you are aged 18 or over, and fall into one of the following groups: 

1.    You have personal experience of attempting or seriously considering taking your own life in a public location and you were prevented from doing so by a stranger.

2.    You have personal experience of trying to prevent someone you didn’t know (a stranger) from taking their own life in a public location.

If you are in doubt about whether your experience fits, please get in touch to talk it through with one of the research team.

For more details see the here on the University of Exeter website, see the Information for Participants (pdf) or email

Please also share this as widely as you see fit in order to reach others who might be able to take part.

Today is World Mental Health Day

Today is International World Mental Health Day; the day aims to bring together to appreciate the impact and importance of mental health and to strive towards improvements in this area. As a self harm service, we feel strongly that people experiencing self harm, both young and old, have the opportunity to access the help and support they need to face and overcome their difficulties.
Self harm is often a taboo subject, but Harmless will work hard over the next 12 months to increase our public and media presence to influence public perception and reach out to more people.
In the meantime, why not have a look at some of the articles in today’s media about World Mental Health Day.