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.

BOOK NOW

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

 

Running out of time to submit a proposal to our conference…

Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Now inviting submissions for speakers and workshops
Self Harm Conference:

From Harm to Hope
Thursday 1st March 2018

Nottingham Conference Centre
We are holding our third annual national self harm conference and are currently in the process of putting together a strong programme.
We are inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference. Contributions should align with at least one of our 5 themes:
Collaborative Partnership,

Service User Representation,

Effective Practice,

Driving Change,

Overcoming Stigma & Discrimination.

Please see below for details of how to be a part of this day.

We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the workshop programme, and for speakers during the plenary sections of the conference (All workshops will be an hour in length and plenary sessions will be 20-30 mins in length).
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.
Event details:
The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘self harm and suicide prevention starts here’. This event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm, professionals and practitioners in self harm prevention.
Guidance for session proposals:
The conference is themed around five key areas; Collaborative partnership, service user representation, effective practice, driving change & overcoming stigma and discrimination. Proposals put forward must relate to at least one of these areas. Subjects for each area are noted but proposals do not need to be limited to these subjects. Sessions can include presentations of services, projects or activities, presentations of academic research or hosted discussions.
Additional Information:
All proposals received will be reviewed by a panel of Harmless members which will agree on the final programme of sessions. As there are only a limited number of slots available, we regret that it may not be possible to accommodate all proposals received.

Session proposals will be assessed against the following criteria

Proposals must:
Demonstrate some evidence-base and where appropriate, show that services, models of working or projects have undergone an evaluation.

Demonstrate good practice,

Set out ways in which other individuals or organisations can potentially adapt or learn from your work or set out how learning from your work can benefit others and their service users,

Demonstrate collaborative working.

Sessions should interactive wherever possible.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at admin@harmless.org.uk, or by calling us on 0115 880 0280.

Pam Burrows on From Harm to Hope

01st March 2017 is Self harm awareness day and in line with this we are holding our National Conference, From Harm to Hope. 

Pam Burrows is just one of the many workshop speakers presenting on the day, here she is giving you a taste of what is to come. 

If you are interested in attending then please BOOK NOW or email admin@harmless.org.uk 

 

From Harm to Hope, National Harmless Conference

1st March 2017, Nottingham Conference Centre

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Self harm conference 

Our 2nd Annual National Conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implication for practice. 

Themes for the day

– Driving change

–       Collaborative partnership

–       Service user representation

–       Effective practice

–       Overcoming stigma & discrimination

£150 per delegate, CPD certified, Workshops, Food, Speakers, 

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Further enquiries or to book, please contact:
Phone: 0115 934 8445
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk

Harmless speak at national self harm conference

Earlier today one of the Harmless’ team, Naomi Stewart, spoke at a national self harm conference hosted by Lancashire Mind.

The conference, held at Ewood Park Blackburn as part of self harm awareness 2015,  provided an important opportunity for delegates to build skills, knowledge and confidence in supporting children and young people who self harm.

Naomi’s presentation explored Harmless’ work in the community and shared numerous proven methods of how to successfully help those who self harm; which we hope will allow professionals within the field to more efficiently aid those who self harm in a proven and effective way. Delivered in the context of a growing evidence base, Naomi explored the data, relationships and vital service user voice in the  effectiveness and lessons learned by our service.

We were really pleased to asked to be part of the national conference and would like to take this opportunity to thank Mind Lancashire and the event organisers.

Harmless team come together to make a positive difference in the field of self harm

It has been a productive day at the Harmless office today as the whole team got together to look back on the past months and plan for the future.  Days like today give our staff an important opportunity to reflect on our progress and look at ways we can continue to make a positive difference to the people who access our self harm services.

These are exciting times for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project and at the heart of our vital services are a team of dedicated and passionate professionals who work tirelessly towards helping others, changing attitudes and saving lives.

Although we are relatively small in staff numbers, our reputation and standing continues to grow from strength to strength. Harmless is now a leading voice for self harm not only on a local level, but a national level and we have not got there by chance. It has taken a cohesive and determined team working alongside each other to make a positive difference in the field of self harm and to those accessing our services.

We are all proud of our achievements in the last year and although we can reflect positively on the progress we have made; we know that there is much more hard work to be done. Although the journey will be long, we will continue fighting as a team.

 

Self Harm Awareness Week – 15% off Harmless resources

In the run up to self harm awareness day on March 1st, Harmless are offering a 15% discount on our self harm resources. From Monday 24th February up until Tuesday 4th March 2014, people interested in our resources can now buy them at special rate:

  • Out of Harm’s Way DVD                        – Normally £27.50 – Special offer: £23.37
  • In our Own Words Book (Hard Copy)    – Normally: £15.49 – Special Offer: £13.16
  • In our Own Words (Electronic Copy)     – Normally £9.99    – Special Offer: £8.49
  • Out of Harm’s Way DVD &                                                                                                                    In Our Own Words Book – Normally £36.49 – Special Offer £31.02
  • Harmless Workbook                                – Normally £24.99 – Special Offer £21.24

(Please note: policy guidance and training are excluded from this offer)

Don’t forget – not only can these resources help promote recovery but  ALL the money we raise through our products and training helps us continue to provide our vital and important services.

To buy one of the items listed above please click here and visit our shop.

Self harm awareness day gives opportunity for individuals and organisations to be more open about self harm in a bid to raise awareness about the issue. As a leading organisation in the field, we  work tirelessly  to  reduce stigma, isolation and distress and promote health, hope and wellbeing; however we know there is still much work to do. We hope that events like self harm awareness day will encourage more people to do the same and take time to listen.

March 1st is an important event in Harmless’ diary and in addition to the free awareness workshops we are delivering on March 3rd, we are also looking to recognise the date in other ways. Keep checking our blog for other ways we are marking the event.

Harmless to deliver free workshops to mark self harm awareness day

To mark self harm awareness day, Harmless are holding a number of free self
harm workshops on Monday 3rd March 2014 aimed at promoting understanding and
awareness of self harm. The workshop will be an opportunity to begin to
think about the issues around self harm and its impact upon us as
professionals.

The workshop shall cover:

*       What self harm is, and who it effects
*       What causes someone to self harm
*       Find out more about Harmless and the work that we do

Workshop Times

  1. Morning Session 9.30am until 11am
  2. Midday Session 11.30am until 1pm
  3. Afternoon Session 1.30pm until 3pm

To book a place on one of our workshops click here

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and delegates must
book a place via our online shop. Please note: Places are very limited and
only those who have a confirmed booking will be allowed on to our workshop.

The training shall be held on the 4th floor at NCVS, Mansfield Road,
Nottingham. NG1 3FB.

No more than 2 places per organisation per day. Booking should be made under the name of the person attending the workshop. Bookings accepted via our online store only. Terms and condition apply.