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:

£110 per place


Mental Health First Aid Youth (MHFAYouth)

 31st August & 1st September £120 per delegate 
Certificate and resources for each delegate upon completion
Please note: Attendance on both days of the workshop is mandatory

Youth MHFA is a course aimed at people who come into contact with young people aged 8 to 18. The 2 day workshop will be delivered by a fully trained certified MHFA Trainer.

Course Aims:

  • Preserve life
  • Prevent deterioration of any injury or illness
  • Promote healing and recovery
  • Provide comfort to the ill or injured.

What are the main benefits of Youth MHFA for me?

Youth MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support young people with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, Youth MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in a crisis using an effective model enabling a young person to access appropriate professional help. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

Why is Youth MHFA beneficial to my organisation?

This is not just a training course to take and forget. Independent research shows that up to 88% of people use the first aid skills they learn during the course at least once.

  • Your direct actions will help young people to recover faster from mental and emotional health problems – and some of you will even help to prevent suicides.
  • Suicide is the second most common cause of death for those aged 15 – 24
  • Youth MHFA has been designed and proved to equip you with the right skills to help others  
  • Youth MHFA teaches you how to approach those difficult conversations or situations
  • Provides helpful tips to improve your own mental wellbeing
  • Having conversation about mental health helps to break down the barriers of stigma, discrimination and social inequalities
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Community Centre,
90 Brooklyn Rd,
To book on or for more information email: or call 0115 934 8446 

Lincoln: Upcoming training dates

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
15hrs CPD

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

  Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

CPD Accredited

Our two day Adult MHFA course is an internationally recognised course. After taking it, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of mental health issues
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

 MHFA won’t teach you how to be a therapist, but once you’ve completed the two day course you will be able to say you’re a Mental Health First Aider.

Level 2: Intermediate Self harm training
7hrs CPD

Our self harm is designed and delivered to the highest standard and specialism in the field of self harm. Developed in collaboration with service users, the broad learning experiences and outcomes will be tailored to delegate need.

Learning themes include:

  • Awareness raising
  • Stigma & Discrimination
  • Risk indicators
  • Brief interventions
  • Recovery 

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…


Harmless Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016. Now inviting submissions for contributors

Launching our first national conference examining effective service provision and practice for people that self harm: current thinking and implications for practice.

We are now inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the conference, please see below for details.
The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October.

Tuesday 1st March 2016
Nottingham Conference Centre

Who we are:

Harmless is a user led service which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. We are committed to saving lives and giving a voice to those unheard. Harmless launched in 2007 and was set up by people who understand self harm. At the heart of our service is a real sense of hope, we know with the right support, and help life can get better. Find out more about Harmless by looking on our website

Self harm is everyone’s business:

Over 1 in 10 people are affected by self harm. Self harm does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Popular culture would have you believe that it is predominantly young girls who self harm; findings suggest that in fact for the age range of mid 30’s in men represent the majority of people attending Accident and Emergency for the treatment of self harm. Given this, we will only save more lives if all parts of society work together.

We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and for speakers during the conference.
The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October.
All workshops will be an hour in length.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at, or by calling us on 0115 934 8445.

Event details:

The theme of this year’s conference is empowering communities through collaboration; recognising that reducing the number of individuals who self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work. 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 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 have at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion and be interactive wherever possible.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about our ‘From Harm to Hope’ Conference or to book tickets, please contact Harmless using the following details:

Visit our online shop here

Telephone: 0115 934 8445

Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training – 2nd November 2015

Our next Introduction to Self Harm and Working with Self Harm: General Training day will be held on Tuesday 2nd November 2015.

This training day will provide an opportunity for individuals from a broad range of professional arenas to attend and get a detailed overview of self harm and working with self harm. Although there is some opportunity for delegates to explore the impact upon them in their own professional arenas, the training is non-specific to a particular field.

The training day will cover:

  • What self harm is, and who it effects
  • What causes someone to self harm and some of the myths around self harm
  • What can be done to support and help people who self harm
  • Managing the impact of self harm as an individual and a workplace
  • Useful interventions for working with people who self harm and promoting empowerment
  • Managing and assessing risk

The training is CPD certified and is delivered over the course of a day and will use a range of delivery methods. Price includes a resource/training pack for all participants.

To book your place, click here, or email

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 2015

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Harmless Trainer Talks, Self Harm, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Training

I have now completed my first deliveries of ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and wanted to share how these went.

So ASIST was delivered at the end of July and was an enjoyable and positive experience. I feel it was well received by the delegates and that they really engaged with the process over the 2 days.

There were of course challenges given the topic, but as a group we worked together to overcome these challenges and everyone was supported and supportive throughout what is an extremely emotive experience. There were laughs and tears, which is perfectly normal in ASIST. It is an opportunity to share personal experiences in a safe and confidential environment.

As a Trainer, it is extremely important to value and respect everyone’s contributions and allow time for reflection. It is also important to create a safe learning environment where delegates feed confident and at ease to fully participate. I feel overall, myself and my co –facilitator managed this, ensuring each individual got the best experience they could while being both challenged and supported.  I am looking forward to my next delivery on 7th and 8th September.

MHFA was delivered two weeks ago and will be delivered on 26th and 27th August, which I am looking forward to. Again, I found this delivery really enjoyable. There are a range of activities which ensure participant engagement and most importantly allow delegates the opportunity to interact with peers and discuss mental health in depth through group and paired discussions. MHFA really is a good opportunity to learn the skills the support individuals in crisis and share knowledge and experience in a safe and secure learning environment.

I feel the delegates fully engaged in what is quite an interactive session and found it re-affirming and thought provoking throughout.

For both ASIST and MHFA there was a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in the room. This can make for challenging deliveries in terms of delegates being afraid to say or do the wrong thing in front of other professionals. However, I felt a huge amount of respect for each and every individual as they all had the courage to contribute and share resulting in an extremely positive delivery for both ASIST and MHFA

If you would like any more information regarding ASIST and MHFA training, or would like to book a place, please contact us at, alternatively you can call the office on 0115 934 8445.

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.

Upcoming Self Harm, Suicide and Mental Health Training here at Harmless

Here at Harmless we are really excited that we will be delivering MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) here in August and September respectively. (Further dates will be announced shortly)

To give you some idea about why these courses would be beneficial to you, I thought I would share some information over a blog, about when we will deliver the 2 day workshops, what the courses cover and how they will be beneficial not only to you, but those in distress due to mental ill health and those with thoughts of suicide.

We will be delivering MHFA on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm in Nottingham


To coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day (10th September) Harmless will be delivering a 2 day ASIST Workshop in Nottingham on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th September 2015 9:00am – 5:00pm

So, MHFA is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health. By completing this course it will develop your skills, abilities and confidence in being able to support individuals with a range of mental health conditions.

The course is split into 4 manageable chunks. These are;

  • What is mental health
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Psychosis

In each section you will learn how to;

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Provide help on a first aid basis
  • Help prevent someone hurting themselves or others
  • Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
  • Help someone recover faster
  • Guide someone towards the right support
  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

How will I learn?

The MHFA course usually takes place over 2 full days. However the delivery of this course is very flexible and may be delivered over a number of sessions.

The sessions will be a mix of presentations, group discussions and group work activities. Your instructors will provide a very safe learning environment and are trained to support you throughout the whole course. If you don’t feel comfortable joining in certain bits, then don’t, we won’t make you do something you aren’t comfortable with.

Due to some of the sensitive subjects of our courses, including suicide, we limit numbers to 16 people. We want everyone to feel safe and our instructors can help if people find some bits particularly difficult.

You’ll receive and MHFA Standard manual that you can take away with you at the end of the course and also an attendance certificate from MHFA England to say you are now a Mental Health First Aider.

With regards to ASIST, why is it important? Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.

What does ASIST cover?

There are 5 key stages of ASIST;

Preparing – Sets the tone, norms and expectations of the learning experience.

Connecting – Sensitizes participants to their own attitudes towards suicide. Creates an understanding of the impact that attitudes can have on the intervention process.

Understanding – Overviews the intervention needs of a person at risk. It focuses on providing participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize risk and develop safe plans to reduce the risk of suicide.

Assisting – Presents a model for effective suicide intervention. Participants develop their skills through observation and supervised simulation experiences in large and small groups.

Networking – Generates information about resources in the local community. Promotes a commitment by participants to transform local resources into helping networks.

These courses are both 2 day workshops and attendance to both days is compulsory.

Both ASIST and MHFA are simply for anyone! Whether you are a member of a community or work in a professional manner, we mean it when we say ASIST and MHFA is for anyone. All we ask is that you are aged over 16 due to the sensitive nature of the topics being discussed.

We are pleased to be able to offer all resources, refreshments and lunch on both days of the training.

If you would like any further details of either of these workshops please contact either or or telephone 0115 934 8445 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Training will take place at;

Training Location:

7 Mansfield Road,
NG1 3FB.

Getting help to the right people at the right time

Yesterday I delivered training to approximately 20 play workers for Nottingham City around the issue of self harm.

I’m Harmless’ CEO, and whilst I used to deliver a lot of training, my role usually nowadays keeps me busy with strategy and fundraising. Today I took a step back to my roots, giving a whistle stop workshop about the main issues to a group of really engaged delegates.

It’s hard in a workshop to cover enough of the information that a workforce need to know to feel more confident. But training, delivered the right way can inspire change. That is… After all… Why we do what we do. We believe in change. We want to encourage our work forces to feel confident to talk about self harm, to know what to say and how to say it and to ensure that come what may, they can make a difference to people’s lives.

The issue that came out of today’s training, loud and clear, was that policies and systems often get in the way of a good, honest and compassionate conversation with young people that self harm. That somehow, with all the risk assessments we have to do, the referrals we have to make, that the very support we’re there to provide can get lost.

So today reminded me of why we do the training the way we do it; why we place people with personal experience at the heart of all that we do and why we fight so hard to ensure that every person who needs help, gets the best possible chance of that help.

Self harm can be a difficult subject for many to talk about, but it doesn’t mean that with the right support and help, and training, we can’t be confident to help people in those situations.