Harmless and the Tomorrow Project supporting Health Care Professionals.

Representative from Harmless and the Tomorrow Project attended the National HealthWatch 2017 Conference at the East Midlands Conference Centre last week.

We were given the opportunity to talk to health and social care professional from across the country, raising awareness of the wonderful work that we do.

On our stand we provided information about the Crisis Support  and the Bereavement Care provided by the Tomorrow Project,  the specialist training provided by Let’s Talk Training   and  the therapeutic support provided to individuals who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.

Ruth Wadman on why she does research on self harm

About me

I am a psychologist by training, and completed my PhD, on social and emotional difficulties in adolescents with language impairments, at the University of Manchester in 2008. Since then, I moved to the University of Nottingham to work on a research project with teenagers with Tourette syndrome. Now I work as a Research Fellow on the ‘Listen-up’ project: understanding and helping looked-after young people who self harm, led by Dr Ellen Townsend at the University of Nottingham.

Why I wanted to do research about self harm

I am interested in lots of different aspects of emotional health and social well-being in adolescence. I became involved in research on self harm for a number of reasons. Firstly, some of the young people involved in my previous research self harmed, and I wanted to learn more about it. Secondly, self harm is something that can affect anyone; it does not fit into a “neat” diagnostic box and as such can be overlooked both in clinical practice and research. Finally, the ‘Listen-up’ research project offered the opportunity to be involved in a truly neglected area of self harm research, with young people in foster or residential care. This research has the potential to really make a difference in terms of self harm policy and practice.

Why I like doing self harm research

My research has involved doing in-depth interviews with young people who self harm. Basically this involves sitting down with someone and saying “tell me about your experiences of self harm”. Compared to doing surveys and questionnaires, this approach gives much more detailed insight into what psychologists call the “lived experience” of self harm.  But, on a more personal level, this provides the opportunity to really listen to what young people have to say about self harm. Of course, I hear about people’s struggles and problems, but I also hear stories of strength, resilience and determination.  I am very grateful to all the young people who have given their time and shared their experiences with me.  I have also enjoyed collaborating with Harmless during this research, especially working with the project’s advisory group of young people.

What I would like to do next

At the moment I am busy writing up our research findings for publication as reports in scientific journals. The research team, with the help of our advisory group, will be making policy recommendations for self harm support. We will also share our findings with young people and carers, as well as social care and mental health practitioners.  Then I would like to do more research on self harm. I am particularly interested in the role schools can play in providing support for self harm, but also in addressing the stigma around self harm and emotional health more generally. I also think it is really important to ask young people what their priorities for research are, which is something I hope to explore in the near future.      

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

 Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

 

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

 

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

Can you help Listen-Up! with their self harm research?

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

Self Harm Research – Can You Help?

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk, call 0115 8467319 or visit the website: www.listen-up.ac.uk

East Midlands Self-harm, Suicide Prevention & Post-vention Conference

On Friday members of the Harmless and Tomorrow Project team will be attending the East Midlands Self-harm, Suicide Prevention & Post-vention Conference at Nottingham University.

The conference will be a chance to explore on-going clinical experiences and research, within the East Midlands, around the areas of self harm, suicide prevention and bereavement by suicide.

Our team will host stalls for both Harmless and the Tomorrow Project and deliver information about the self harm and suicide prevention work that we do. It will be a chance to discuss, explore and network with other industry professionals in order to advance working in self harm, suicide prevention and post-vention.

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/education/documents/suicide-conference/conferencejune2014.pdf

Can you help us with our research on self harm in young people?

Harmless are working with the Universities of Nottingham and Leicester to increase our understanding of self-harm in young people.

It is really important for us to understand more about self-harm and help in the future development of services for young people who self-harm.

Listen Up are looking to hear from young people who have experienced foster or residential care and young people who have never been in care.

We are looking for young people aged 11-21 who have self-harmed in the last 6 months to take part in our research.

There are two studies you could take part in – one involves being interviewed by about your experiences of self-harm. The other study involves taking part in two computer-based interviews over 6 months. You will privately answer questions about self-harm and other issues.

We can cover your travel expenses – meet you in a place of your choosing and we can offer a £15 high-street voucher (per study) as a thank you for your time.

To take part please contact us at listenup@nottingham.ac.uk or call 0115 8467319.