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.

Therapeutic Support Services

 

Harmless provide free therapeutic support to both adults and young people. Our age range covers from 11 years up to 70 years. We provide both long term and short term therapy:

  • Short term therapy may last up to 12 sessions with reviews.
  • Long term therapy can last up to 2 years with reviews.

We provide short term community outreach therapeutic clinics in for both adults and children for up to 12 sessions.

We offer monthly drop in support sessions creating a relaxed atmosphere, offering information and advice.

  • Young Person (11-21Yrs) Wednesday 21st June 2017 4 – 5 pm
  • Adult (18+ Yrs) Wednesday 28th June 2017 4 – 5 pm.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

We provide a monthly Crisis Café, where people can come along for some informal support.

  • Our next Crisis Café is Wednesday 14th June 3.30 – 4.30 pm

We offer skype provision, so that people from out of the area wishing to receive remote support can have skype sessions.

If you would like any more information, please email us at info@harmless.org.uk.

NEW Creative Therapy Group

Harmless will be running their next Adult Creative Therapy group in June 2017. The creative therapy group will be for individuals aged from 18 years onwards, with weekly sessions focusing on expression of emotions, connections and self esteem. 

The aim of the creative therapy group is to assist people to find a way of expression that helps them connect with their emotions. This will include techniques that can be used for self expression and personal growth. 

The Creative Therapy Group sessions will be held weekly on a Wednesday Evening 5 pm until 7 pm.

If you know of any adult who you think would be interested in attending this group, or to find out more information, please feel free to contact info@harmless.org.uk

Therapeutic Support Services

Harmless provide free therapeutic support to both adults and young people. Our age range covers from 11 years up to 70 years. We provide both long term and short term therapy:

  • Short term therapy may last up to 12 sessions with reviews.
  • Long term therapy can last up to 2 years with reviews.

We provide short term community outreach therapeutic clinics in for both adults and children for up to 12 sessions.

We offer monthly drop in support sessions creating a relaxed atmosphere, offering information and advice.

  • Young Person (11-21Yrs) Wednesday 31st May 2017 4 – 5 pm
  • Adult (18+ Yrs) Wednesday 7th June 2017 4 – 5 pm.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

We provide monthly a Crisis Café, where people can come along for some informal support.

  • Our next Crisis Café is Wednesday 14th June 3.30 – 4.30 pm

We offer skype provision, so that people from out of the area wishing to receive remote support can have skype sessions.

If you would like any more information, please email us at info@harmless.org.uk.

Harmless: Who we are?

Caroline Harroe CEO summing up what Harmless is all about. To learn more about how Harmless can help you or someone you know email: info@harmless.org.uk 

Therapeutic Service

Harmless provide free therapeutic support to both adults and young children. Our age range covers from 11 years up to 70 years. We provide both long term and short term therapy:

 

  • Short term therapy may last up to 12 sessions with reviews.
  • Long term therapy can last up to 2 years with reviews.

We provide short term community outreach therapeutic clinics in for both adults and children for up to 12 sessions.

We offer monthly drop in support sessions creating a relaxed atmosphere, offering information and advice.

  • Young Person (11-21Yrs) Wednesday 11th Jan 2017 4 – 5 pm
  • Adult (18+ Yrs) Tuesday 17th Jan 2017 2 – 3 pm.

Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser).

We provide monthly a Crisis Café, where people can come along for some informal support.

We offer skype provision, so that people from out of the area wishing to receive remote support can have skype sessions.

If you would like more information on any of the services Harmless provide, please contact us at info@harmless.org.uk (Please note that our service does not reopen until 3rd January 2017 and we will reply to any email at the earliest opportunity on our return).

Reel Life vs Real Life

Hi there, I’m Claire. I joined the Harmless training team in November to support Harmless with their vital work raising awareness of self harm, suicide and mental health. Despite being here such a short time, I’ve already had some very interesting and thought-provoking conversations. One of these inspired this blog post.

I’ve read lots of articles and blogs about how we portray ourselves online, some making me think hard about “reel life” vs “real life”. I read somewhere that our Facebook posts are like our life’s highlight reel. We rarely show off the boring and hard side to life, instead focusing on our best bits. In our ever-growing comparison and celebrity-inspired society, this can make things pretty difficult, especially for children and young people.

I know that for me, I don’t post pictures where I’m makeup free, exhausted, upset, anxious, stressed or depressed. This is a personal choice as it would make me feel incredibly vulnerable. I don’t want to feel more vulnerable than I already do.

Anyone growing up with social media around them is surrounded by images of people at their “best”; a filtered, altered version of reality. Issues around young people’s self-esteem plummeting to an all-time low, and anxiety at an all-time high are very apparent and problematic. Back in my school days, you compared yourself to those around you at school, then went home and got on with life before repeating the same the following day. I’m not sure what I would have done if I’d had social media, smart phones, apps and an image-filled world of eyebrows on fleek, contouring, vloggers and the high life thrown at me 24/7.

The way we compare ourselves to others has changed. The online world is focused more and more on images, pictures, selfies, snapchats. Growing up comparing your “ordinary” life to someone else’s highlight reel can enable an inwards-spiral downwards into incredibly low self-esteem and issues around identity. This can and has resulted in some young people turning to self harm and even suicide.

The late, great Maya Angelou said “if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”. Maybe we need to apply this to online life. We should take everything we see online with a pinch of salt. Reel life can look fabulous, care-free, exciting and filtered. Real life on the other hand is challenging, draining and sometimes very dull. There is no “edit” option. There’s nothing wrong with this, but for all of the children out there growing up in our online world, we need to remind them that life has ups and downs. We need to build resilience, critical judgement and emotional wellbeing.

Now let me go and take a selfie whilst I’m feeling cheery…

 

Meet our Clinical and Support Services Team

During my time as Clinical and Support Services Manager I have observed Harmless and The Tomorrow Project grow from a very small area in an office with three members to what it is today. I am proud to say I have been part of the team over the past nine years. We have grown from strength to strength enabling access to psychological services, information, training and consultancy to people who are at risk of self harm, suicidal thoughts and intent; their friends, families and professionals. People self harm to manage their distress, and as high as 1 in 10 people have at some point coped in this way. At the heart of our service there is a real sense of hope and recovery, we know that with the appropriate help, life experiences can ultimately be improved. You can help us to reduce the stigma and isolation for people who are struggling by being willing to talk about this subject.

The Tomorrow Project is a confidential suicide prevention project that has been set up to support individuals and communities to prevent suicide. Suicide is a decision that someone makes to end their life when they feel overwhelmed by their life circumstances.  The struggles they face can seem too difficult or painful and they feel and think like they have run out of options. We are providing crisis services in the community to people at risk of suicide and support to families and communities who are bereaved by suicide. Talking about the subject will shatter stigma, enable people to share their story and therefore find the support they need.

I’m excited to build on clinical services within Harmless and The Tomorrow Project working with colleagues and the community to give our community the resources, training and support needed to do your bit in supporting, signposting, and enabling help seeking.

Over the past few weeks the Tomorrow Project Team have launched our new Crisis Cafe, named by people attending, as the Catch Up Cafe. Here you can meet the team:

Adrienne Grove

Clinical and Support Services Manager

 

Val Stevens

Harmless Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Worker

 

Colin Menz

Harmless Project Worker

 

Bevan Dolan

Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis Project Worker

 

Katie Smith

Tomorrow Project Suicide Crisis Project Worker

 

Ashley Dunstan

Tomorrow Project Suicide Bereavement Project Worker

 

For those of you looking for some support, wanting to meet the team or just a chat up, get in touch and come have a cuppa with us. To find out when the next Catch up Cafe will be, contact us at info@harmless.org.uk. See you at the catch Up Cafe!

Adrienne

Upcoming Harmless Self Harm Drop-in Sessions

Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague. We can offer information or advice about any concerns you may have around self harm.

You will have the opportunity to meet Val, our experienced and qualified therapist, and Colin, our experienced and friendly Project Worker.

Drop-ins will take place at the following times:

17/05/16 Young Person drop-in (11-21yrs) 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

26/05/16 Adult drop-in (18+yrs) 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

02/06/16 Young Person drop-in (11-21yrs) 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

16/06/16 Adult drop-in (18+yrs) 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

22/06/16 Young Person drop-in (11-21yrs) 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

All drop-in sessions will take place at:

Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service Building,
7 Mansfield Road,
Nottingham,
NG1 3FB
(Opposite House of Fraser)

To speak to our friendly team:

Phone: 0115 934 8445
Email: info@harmless.org.uk

Harmless will be delivering weekly Creative Therapy Sessions

Harmless are about to begin a 12 week Creative Therapy Group. Included within this is the opportunity to be involved in focus groups (helping steer future service provision). We are asking for your advise and knowledge about how things need to change.

The group will be beginning Wednesday 27th April 16.30-17.30. If you are interested please get in touch ASAP.

The creative therapy group will be for individuals aged between 14 and 18 years, with sessions focusing on expression of emotions, connections and self-esteem.

The aim of the creative therapy is to assist you to find a way of expression that helps you to connect with your emotions.  This will include techniques that can be used for self-expression and personal growth.

If you are interested in joining the group or know someone who might be, please feel free to contact us.

To find out more get in touch with Val by calling 0115 9348445 or by emailing val@harmless.org.uk.