Meet Helen, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hello,

My name is Helen, I have recently joined the great team at Harmless as a suicide bereavement support officer for the Tomorrow Project. I am currently training to be a counsellor and I hope this will help me in my supporting role. Most of my previous experience has been people facing and connecting with people is something that I find is rich and rewarding. My background is varied from sales to health and fitness, so well-being is something that is of particular interest to me. This experience has given me an understanding of the importance of self- care, both physical and mental.

I am looking forward to supporting people through the tomorrow project.

Meet Rachel, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hi. I’m Rachel and have recently joined the Tomorrow Project team as a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer. My role will be to work with clients bereaved by suicide in Leicestershire, offering practical and emotional support. The heart of our service is the ethos that with the right support and help life can get better. I expect the role to be challenging at times, emotive but rewarding.

Prior to joining the Tomorrow Project I worked in bereavement support with a national charity and also as a volunteer counsellor with a Leicester cancer charity. I have also just completed my counselling training with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I see the Tomorrow Project as offering a vital support service for those bereaved by suicide who historically across Leicestershire may have had to wait for weeks or even months to access support. Expressing feelings and thoughts to those close to you or a support organisation is something that has been shown to help. Although all bereavements are different, as someone who has been bereaved by suicide I personally also have some experience of what clients are going through.

I look forward to helping to drive the support service forward in Leicestershire and ensuring that we are able to help as many clients as possible.

Meet Sofia, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hi, my name is Sofia and I have recently joined the team as a suicide bereavement support officer, offering emotional and practical support to those bereaved by suicide. Even though I only joined the team not too long ago I have already learned so much through those that already work for harmless. Working here I can see that there is a variety of wonderful people, in different roles but who share the same passion and values for helping others and that harmless is a judgement free zone.

I have a background working as a support worker and volunteering with women’s aid, this has resulted in me working with many different people from all walks of life. My background has also shown me that I love working with people and know the importance of taking care of our mental health and of one another. In fact I wish I myself had known of these services when I lost a friend to suicide, but now I am aware and work for such a great organisation I want to spread the word and help those who need it.

One of my initial worries when first starting was that I was not good enough for this role when surrounded by so many impressive people. But then I remembered that one of my strongest beliefs is that you should love yourself and accept yourself flaws and all. I also realised that clearly others believe in me so why don’t we believe in ourselves. Something that I think many of us struggle with. Instead of comparing myself to others I should be learning from them and growing as a person, which is why I know here is a place I can really grow and flourish as a person.

Meet Lisa, our new Suicide Bereavement Support Officer

Hello, I’m Lisa and I have recently joined the Tomorrow Project as a Suicide Bereavement Support Officer. So why did I take this job?……Well, having lost both my sister and uncle to suicide, I feel I can offer a genuine understanding of the difficulties people may face both with their own grief and in supporting others.

With the numbers of deaths by suicide significantly increasing in recent years, I feel the need to expand our service is paramount. That’s why I am really looking forward to working alongside my colleagues to expand our service by setting up the Chesterfield office: to ensure we are doing everything possible to reach out and support anyone in Derbyshire who has been bereaved by suicide.

Whilst I don’t yet know everyone within the company, those I have met are extremely dedicated and helpful people who are all fun to be around. I still have lots to learn (but hopefully no more eLearning for a while!) and whilst I am still getting to grips with my new role, I am eager to develop our client list as fast as possible and make our service known to everyone.

I am sharing a picture of me with my cat ‘Spartacus’. I think he is very lucky because he has 9 lives. X

Our CEO to be a guest speaker at the NCISH conference in January

Our CEO, Caroline Harroe, will feature as a guest speaker at the upcoming 6th annual National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) conference due to take place on 23rd January 2020 in Manchester.

Caroline will be speaking about Harmless & The Tomorrow Project’s role and experience in the field of suicide prevention to a national audience to ensure best practice.

For more information on the NCISH conference, please click the following link: https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/ncish/6th-ncish-conference/

Introducing Dr Pauline Turnbull – From Harm to Hope Conference Speaker

Dr Pauline Turnbull has over 15 years’ experience in suicide prevention research. She is currently the Project Director for the National Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH). Pauline has a particular interest in research impact. At the From Harm to Hope Conference, Pauline will be drawing upon national data from NCISH to provide a useful context in the areas of suicide and self harm in women.

The ‘From Harm to Hope’, self harm and sucide prevention conference will take place on 28th February 2020 in Nottingham.

If you would like more information about the conference or would like to book tickets, please visit the following link: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/From-Harm-to-hope-conference-2020?product_id=143

Alternatively, you can contact us by phone or email:

Would you like to work for Harmless as part of our clinical or training teams?

Harmless are pleased to offer these exciting opportunities to join our passionate team and help us save lives. We are looking for dynamic individuals, who are willing to develop their skills; work outside the box and challenge themselves.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions to join our clinical and training teams:

  • Therapist (Nottinghamshire)
  • Suicide Bereavement Support Officer (Leicestershire, Derbyshire & East Midlands)
  • Training Team Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Applications for these positions will be accepted until further notice, but may close at any time and without notice. Please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible if you are interested in any of the roles listed. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview during September and October 2019

 

 

 


JOB TITLE: 
Therapist
(Nottinghamshire)

HOURS: 
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY:
Up to £23,250 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)

(This position has been funded by a range of funders including, The Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need & Comic Relief).

Please note: Work as part of this role will take place across Nottinghamshire and driving will be a necessary part of the role; therefore, applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.


JOB TITLE: 
Suicide Bereavement Support Officer (Leicestershire, Derbyshire & East Midlands)

HOURS: 
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY: 
Up to £21,819 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)

Please note: Work as part of this role will take place across the East Midlands and driving will be a necessary part of the role; therefore, applicants will need to hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a car to be able to undertake the position.


JOB TITLE: 
Training Team Administrator
(Maternity Cover)

HOURS: 
Up to 37.5 hours per week
(Both part time and full time available)

SALARY: 
Up to £17,652 per annum, pro rata
(Depending on experience)


If you have any questions regarding these roles or the application process, please contact us:

Phone: 0115 880 0280
Email: admin@harmless.org.uk.

Have you emailed Harmless for self harm support but not received a response? There may be a good reason…

We have become aware of people contacting us but thinking they’re not getting a response. There may be a good reason! Please read on. . .

We will try to get back to everyone who contacts us, and have systems in place to ensure that happens in the vast majority of cases.

The most likely occurrence is that our email reply has been sent to your junk folder (and not your inbox). We ask everyone to please check and add us as a safe sender. This is particularly true of those using outlook or hotmail.

It is important to remember our email support ends in .org.uk and not .co.uk or .com.

Did you get an auto response message when submitting a message online? If not, there is a good chance it didn’t send correctly. Also, our email support system sends an auto reply. If you did not get one, something may have gone wrong and we kindly ask you to try again or look in your jump or spam folder.

If you don’t provide an email address, we may be unable to respond to your message. This is because our email support is only set up to respond to those people who provide a working email account. We will be able to make contact using a phone number, but this will cause a delay in getting back to you.

When you send an email message, we usually need more information before we can support you further. This is because we have to keep you safe, and ensure you get the right help. If you do not get back to us with the information requested, we may be unable to support you fully until we do.

We take confidentiality seriously and are unable to confirm or deny if someone has contacted us unless they have given consent for us to do so. This is true of anyone aged 11 or over. That could mean you are under the impression we have not responded, however, it is possible that we have done but we have to maintain a level of confidentiality.

Sometimes we have responded but the time isn’t right for that person. They may chose to not opt in to services, or not engage with us. That is fine, and we are here when you need us and when you are ready. As mentioned above, Harmless will not confirm or deny if that person has or hasn’t responded unless we have consent. If a loved one has said we have not made contact, it could be they are not ready to engage. Remember, seeking support is often a difficult and daunting experience. This is especially true for those who may have been let down by services elsewhere. We would encourage family members and friends to support them during this distressing time, and seek help themselves in the meantime. We have a friends and family leaflet available if you need it. Also, we hold a monthly drop in service which often helps overcome barriers and challenges of accessing support.

Harmless aim to respond to emails within 5 working days, however, this may increase during busy periods. Please bear with us.

We do not get funding for our email support service. This is paid for by Harmless’ own generated income such as donations and training sales. That means we sometimes have to prioritise our funded face to face services during peak times. This can lead to a delay, but this is rare.

We are here to support you for as long as you need, but Harmless and The Tomorrow Project do not have the resources to provide immediate responses. If you need urgent help, we encourage you to contact one of the services below:

  • Samaritans on 116 123 (Listening support available 24/7, for all ages)
  • SaneLine 0300 304 7000 (Out of hours support service for those aged 16 and over, available 4.30pm until 10.30pm)
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text SHOUT to 85258. (The service is available to all ages, available 24/7)
  • Childline at www.childline.org.uk (Phone, webchat, or email service for those aged 18 years old and under, available 24/7)
  • Hope Line on 0800 068 41 41 (For young people under the age of 35, open 10am – 10pm weekdays; 2pm – 10pm weekends; 2pm – 10pm bank holidays)
  • The Mix at www.themix.org.uk/ (Phone, webchat, or email service for those aged under 25 years old, opening times vary)
  • If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, please contact NHS 111 (Available to all ages, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Finally, on the very rare occasion your email has been overlooked, please contact us by emailing info@harmless.org.uk directly. Your email is important to us, and we are here to support you. We know that people who reach out to us are often in distress, and we are here for you as best we can. Remember, life can get better with the right help.

For and on behalf of The Harmless Team

Today, our wonderful colleague and friend Val, has left her Senior Therapist role at Harmless. 

Val has been working for Harmless since 2013, but joined our organisation as a volunteer before she started her counselling role.

Over the years, Val has helped countless number of people with their recovery, and for the many who met her, life got better thanks to her valuable support.

On her last day, The Harmless team presented Val with flowers, and a memory book which contained messages from colleagues and photos from her time with us.

From everyone at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project, we wish Val all the very best in the future. She knows that she will always be part of the Harmless family!

FREE Mental Health & Suicide Prevention / Intervention training in Nottinghamshire!

Nottinghamshire County Council have commissioned Harmless to deliver a range of Mental Health awareness and Suicide prevention accredited courses

Please note, you must be a resident or supporting people who reside in Nottinghamshire to qualify for a place on this training course.

To book onto a course, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

To book onto a course, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/harmless-lets-talk-training-14795237737

Level 1 Mental Health and Suicide Awareness training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for members of the community and volunteers
  • To increase awareness of people in communities and volunteers involved in community schemes about mental health and suicide prevention and to reduce stigma

Level 2 Mental Health and Suicide Awareness training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults with low level mental health support needs (who are able to self-manage)
  • For up-skilling frontline workers e.g. community health champions to work alongside social prescribing/community support models with adults with low level mental health support needs who are able to self-manage

Level 3 Mental Health intervention training

  • Half day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults known to be vulnerable to poor mental health (medium mental health needs/ may have more than one coexisting physical/mental health condition)
  • For up-skilling frontline workers who have contact with adults with medium mental health support needs who may have one or more additional co-existing condition e.g. a long term condition such as type 2 diabetes and require support from more than one agency

Level 4 Suicide intervention training

  • Full day course
  • Suitable for third sector frontline workers working with adults vulnerable to suicide risk
  • For skilling up workers to recognise the signs of suicidal risk, increase confidence in initiating a conversation and gain prevention and intervention skills to support individuals to seek appropriate help.

 

For more information feel free to speak to a member of Let’s Talk Training

  • Email: training@harmless.org.uk
  • Phone: 0115 880 0281