MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2017: Why is it so important and how you can get involved?

Mental health awareness week is so important because despite 1 in 4 of us experiencing problems, the topic is still surrounded by a lot of stigma and discrimination. Just as we all strive for good physical health, our mental health and wellbeing should be equally important.

So many people in the UK are struggling without help and it’s only through raising awareness, education and communication that we can challenge stigma and start to have these conversations. It’s so important to talk.

As a society it’s so important to challenge the stigma and discrimination because it doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender or even your job: mental health doesn’t discriminate, anyone can be effected. With 1 in 4 of us being effected at some time in our life, it’s important to consider the wider impact on friends and family, because actually that would mean most of society will be effected in some way.

How to get involved

At Harmless we have carefully constructed a week of events (8-14th May) to coincide with this years Mental Health Awareness Week & it’s theme: surviving to thriving. We will be having our own focus on self-care and have teamed up with LUSH, Hotpod yoga, Super+Super and Cafe Sobar.

We are also holding an open day for anyone to pop in for a coffee, meet the team and find out about what we do. During the day we are also putting on two workshops around emotional health and wellbeing, resilience and internet safety.

Throughout the week we will be challenging stigma and discrimination in a positive and productive way, all whilst raising life saving funds for Harmless services.

If you’d like to get involved you can go onto our website, Facebook or Twitter pages for more info. Or email chloe@harmless.org.uk

Could you support us to keep our services afloat?

The support services that we offer to people in crisis is a vital aspect of our work and yet we don’t have ongoing funding for much of this work.

Much of our crisis and therapeutic work is in need of supporters and fundraisers to enable us to keep helping people who can’t get this help from anywhere else.

Currently, regular donations enable us to provide 2 crisis sessions a month to people who would otherwise not get the help that they need. This isn’t a lot, but it really is important work. We have many people who aren’t able to receive our help and we hate having to turn people away.

There are many ways that you could help us to increase the number of people that we are able to help. Could you undertake your own fund raising activity – people have undertaken personal challenges, ran half marathons and held cake sales, all in the name of raising money for our work?

You can set up a fundraiser page here: https://localgiving.org/fundraisers

If you are not able to undertake a fundraiser; could you sign up to a regular donation via direct debit? Signing up to an amount that you are able to commit to on a monthly basis means that an amount as small or large as you are able to help with, will go directly to helping people.  By giving in this way you are helping us to save lives – what could be more rewarding?

You can sign up here: https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/

‘when I needed help, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I called a helpline but they just listened. I had totally given up on my life and wanted to die. When I found the help I needed through these guys I can honestly say that they saved my life when I saw no other way out’

If you would like to contact us to discuss fundraising for us, please email us at info@harmless.org.uk.

Get your tickets to our 10th Anniversary Celebration Event on 7th October 2017!

Join us on Saturday 7th October to celebrate 10 years of Harmless!

To mark the 10th anniversary of Harmless and a successful 5th year of the Tomorrow Project, we’ll be holding our annual celebration event on Saturday 7th October 2017 at Ruddington Grange Golf Club.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS 

The Venue:

Ruddington Grange Golf Club, Wilford Road, Ruddington, NG11 6NB

 

The Date:

Saturday 7th October 2017

 

The Time(s):

6:30pm arrival for a 7:00pm start

 

The Cost:

£40.00 per head

 

The Event:

Three course meal with raffle, silent auction, games and live music from the Monroe Acoustic Duo and the Monroe Band featuring Polly Yates.

 

Click here to watch a video of the Monroe Band

 

Dress Code:

Smart

 

The purpose:

To raise enough money to save more lives.

 

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

Harmless is an award winning self harm and suicide prevention project that has been successfully delivering services for the past 10 years, since 2007. Over the past year Harmless has gone from strength to strength. We’ve increased our partnerships and been involved in more research based projects, attended and presented at conferences all over the UK in addition to holding a National conference of our own. We have also extended our training programme to raise awareness of self harm, mental health & suicide amongst the community and professionals. We have received awards for our work and recruited more staff in order to help more people.

Our wonderful Tomorrow Project continues to deliver suicide prevention and postvention work in the community. We have now been commissioned by the EMAHSN to provided two new suicide prevention pathways for both Suicide Crisis and Suicide Bereavement within Nottingham City, this will soon be rolled out to Nottinghamshire County also. We work with those directly and indirectly affected by suicide, provide facilitative support to individuals and organisations with questions and concerns about suicide, deliver workshop style information sessions to improve understanding and awareness of suicide and self harm, and promote help seeking in the community as a whole.

The celebration evening will mark a major milestone in our work, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, and give us the opportunity to raise revenue to keep our vital services afloat. Each year we spend time with friends and colleagues, celebrating the work that we have done and the lives that we have saved and the money we raise on the night goes directly back into our life saving services.

Please come along and join is in what will be a wonderful night, learn more about our work, celebrate our triumphs and help us to raise money to keep us driving services in the field of self harm and suicide prevention forwards.

If you would like more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0115 934 8445 or you can send an email to admin@harmless.org.uk

The role of friends and our mental health

A few days ago my friend sent me an article titled: “To the friends who loved me unconditionally when I hit rock bottom”, and I’ve been thinking about it since. What kept coming to mind was the powerful and often unappreciated role friendships play on our lives.

“Thank you for all the times that you showed me warmth, the random hugs that you graced me with because you knew something was up even if I didn’t tell you anything”.

For me, this particular line really resonated, it shows the real importance of true friendships and the fact that sometimes they ‘just know’. Friends love you unconditionally, even at times when you don’t love yourself. They reassure us that life does get better, there is hope and they will always be by our side to remind us. I for one am truly grateful for my friend and was really touched when I was sent this article.

After reading this article it led me think about how many people don’t feel able to talk to someone, the devastating effect this would have and what we can do to change it.

Yesterday Professor Louis Appleby released new statistics stating that in 2016 there were 4,540 suicides in England. These statistics make suicide the leading cause of death in young people in the UK and also shows those over 45 are at greatest risk. With the rate of suicides at 4,540, that’s 4,540 more deaths than there should have been. This ultimately shows is the need for support, the need to challenge stigma around mental health and that starts at home.

Let friend’s know it’s okay to talk...you’re there for them to listen, without judgment.

Being open around mental health challenges stigma in a positive light and may be all a friend needs to be comfortable in asking for our help.

When someone is struggling with their mental health they may become distant, cancel plans and want to see us less than usual. However, this is when friendships play a key role and is exactly when maintaining friendships are so important.

The mental health foundation says: If you’re the friend of someone with a mental health problem, you may be concerned about them. The most important thing is to tell them that you’re still their friend. If your friend is comfortable with being touched, a hug shows that you care about them and that you accept them whatever problems they are having.

“My friend asked me questions, didn’t just assume things, she really wanted to know.”

Take your cue from your friend. Are they comfortable with questions or would they rather talk about something else? Don’t promise things you may not be able to deliver. How can you help them best?

If you’re the friend, the most valuable support you can provide is just being there to talk and listen. People really appreciate that their friends have made time to contact them, visit them and invite them round.

These are five steps that research shows can help people with mental health problems:

■            Assess risk of suicide or self-harm

■            Listen non-judgmentally

■            Give reassurance and information

■            Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help

■            Encourage self-help strategies.

Because we understand the importance of self care & thriving we decided to create a week long agenda, during mental health awareness week, to support the community around us. You don’t need to be a service user to attend, every individual is welcome. Here at Harmless we understand that mental health doesn’t discriminate, so neither do we.

“Self-care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

At Harmless we encourage self-care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care!

All our workshops are held in a safe, non judgmental environment, perfect to make new friends or support an already blossoming friendship.

Click this link to book onto one of our activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=99 

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 

Bereavement by suicide

“It felt like a grenade was dropped in the room”.

Someone once told me this was what it felt when the news of a suicide was first heard. The image stuck with me. I imagined little pieces of shrapnel flying towards every possible direction, hitting everything in their path, leaving a mark on everyone in that room.  Some pieces hit immediately, and some would fly slowly, like in a film where the image is played in a slow motion.

The effects of a death by suicide can be much like this grenade. Like stone skipping, they can manifest themselves through a ripple effect, with the circle expanding further and further, new circles appearing, and many lives being affected.

At the Tomorrow Project, we understand that every set of circumstances are different, and we will meet you, emotionally, where you are. Whether you would like emotional support through this incredibly difficult time, or have needs of a more practical nature – we are here.

 Drop us a phone call, email us, or just pop in for a cup of tea (or coffee, for all the coffee lovers out there) and a chat. Or we can meet you at your favourite café. There is no timeframe or age limit to access our service – we are here to support you when you are ready.

Bereavement Support Team
Harmless
NCVS
7 Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FB

Mobile: 07594008356
Phone: 0115 934 8445
Email: bereavement@tomorrowproject.org.uk   

Ana
Suicide Bereavement Project Worker


FILM SCREENING OF LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE AT CAFE SOBAR

On Friday 12th May 2017 at 6pm (start 6:30) we are screening Little Miss Sunshine to raise money, and awareness for Harmless & Cafe Sobar.

The event coincides with mental health awareness week and is meant to challenge stigma and discrimination, as well as fundraise for both life saving, non profit organisations.

Everyone is welcome and entry is a suggested donation of £3. Tickets can be purchased online in advanced, in Cafe Sobar or OTD on the night.

“Thriving is about Joy – Relationships – Creativity – Passion. It is about doing what you love and thoroughly enjoying it. It is about having a balance between career and personal life and even often about blending career with personal passion.”

We will be hosting raffles and selling light refreshments during the event. So whats not to love? Come on down and support us in our life saving work.

YOGA FOR MENTAL HEALTH – Harmless fundraiser

Date: Tuesday 9th May AND Thursday 11th May.

Time: 7 – 8am both days. 

Location: Merchant’s Court, 2 Stanford Street, Nottingham NG1 7BQ

Entry: £10 per ticket and purchase through the Harmless shop.

This year The Mental Health Foundation, during mental health awareness week, has taken a new positive turn. They have decided instead of asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, they are going to look at why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

“Thriving is about Joy – Relationships – Creativity – Passion. It is about doing what you love and thoroughly enjoying it. It is about having a balance between career and personal life and even often about blending career with personal passion.”

“Thriving is about having meaning in everything you do.”

THRIVING STARTS WITH SELF CARE……….

 

“Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

 

At Harmless we encourage self care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care……and thats exactly why we are thrilled to be teamed up with Sarah Harrison from HotPod Yoga Notts to bring you these very special events.

Whats so great about yoga? Well…we’re glad you asked!

Yoga is aimed to unite the mind, the body and the spirit. Through the practice of yoga, the mind can be trained to relax through deep breathing and become focused while holding the breath. This practice is said to lead to control of the mind.

Yogis (those who do yoga) believe that yoga can reduce, and eventually prevent, the build up of repressed emotions in the mind. The process is gradual but the effects, if yoga continues to be practiced, are lasting. “Yoga is a very effective stress reduction and relaxation tool.

And if you still aren’t convinced, here are the top ten reason to try HotPod Yoga this Mental Health Awareness week:

  1. Stress relief.
  2. Improves psychological wellbeing.
  3. Helps with anxiety and depression.
  4. Better breathing.
  5. Increased flexibility.
  6. Boosts memory and improves concentration.
  7. Weight management.
  8. Improved circulation.
  9. Hotpod yoga is cardiovascular.
  10. Teaches you to focus on the present & be mindful. (Essential to thriving!)
  11. Inner peace.
  12. And our favourite one….its perfect for self care.

All proceeds raised go straight to Harmless and will allow us to continue our life saving service. So book yours today by clicking here and not only will you be supporting your own mental health but you’ll be saving lives in the process. 

 

If you’d like to get involved in some fundraising events, email chloe@harmless.org.uk to find out more. 

http://examinedexistence.com/the-five-mental-and-psychological-benefits-of-yoga/

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/5-ways-yoga-is-good-for-your-mental-health/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

NEW: Catch Up Cafe Dates

The dates for the *NEW* catch up café are here!

We have been holding monthly Catch Up Cafes here at Harmless and they have been a real success! Following feedback and a focus group, a need for a catch up café was identified. We created a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment for our clients to come and chat amongst each other, along with our friendly staff.

Dates:

April 12th – 3.30-4.30pm

May 10th – 4-5pm

June 14th – 3.30-4.30pm

The cafes are aimed at those 18+. Our staff will be on hand to provide information on how our service can support you and those you know. They will take place once a month at our Nottingham city office.

Address:

Harmless
NCVS
7 Mansfield Road
Nottingham
NG1 3FB

See you at the Catch Up Café

FREE 2hr long Bath product making workshop, JOIN US

 

We are so pleased to announce that Notts LUSH team will be coming into Harmless UK to host a FREE 2 hour long bath product making workshop….yep…thats right…its free to attend!

Date: Monday 8th May 2017

Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm

How do I secure a place you ask? Simply get yourself a free ticket via the Harmless UK store.

This year The Mental Health Foundation, during mental health awareness week, has taken a new positive turn. They have decided instead of asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, they are going to look at why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

“Thriving is about Joy – Relationships – Creativity – Passion. It is about doing what you love and thoroughly enjoying it. It is about having a balance between career and personal life and even often about blending career with personal passion.”

 

“Thriving is about having meaning in everything you do.”

THRIVING STARTS WITH SELF CARE……….

 

“Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health”.

At Harmless we encourage self care every day, not only to our clients but to our delegates and our team. We understand the importance of self care…and after all, thriving starts with self care! Which is exactly why we are super excited for lush to come in and work with you all, so don’t hesitate, book your free place today!

Just incase you weren’t 100% sure….heres a wonderful blog post written by a young lady who has been using LUSH products to help with her mental health recovery.

http://graciefightsit.tumblr.com/post/132561293219/how-lush-has-helped-with-mental-health

Places are limited so book yours today by clicking here.