The Old, the Good and the New

2017 has been a busy year for the training operating arm of Harmless. It has also been a year for great change.

I would like to start the new year by thanking all of those who we have worked with over the past year. In particular I would like to thank Nottingham City Council for the amazing partnership we had in providing the citizens of Nottingham with FREE training in line with the Mental health Crisis Care Concordat.

I would also like to thank Martyn Swaby & Naomi Watkins for their support, helping to make training sessions fuller and more accessible by providing suitable venues for us to deliver training in throughout the year.

We have also started a new partnership with Kirklees City Council delivering Mental Health First Aid courses which will continue this year.

Having worked as a Specialist Trainer, it was earlier this year that the torch was passed on and I took on the role as Training Team Leader, with our dear Sophie Allen departing to pastures new. Further to this, we also excitingly welcomed Claire fully into the Harmless family as she became our full time Specialist Trainer. As well as Claire we have also welcomed into the fold, Val, Caron, Kayleigh and Wendy all amazingly talented trainers.

However, this was not to be the only change for Let’s Talk Training. As many of you will now be aware Harmless has moved to its own building. This provided many new opportunities for us including some extra space for training sessions as well as our own office to spread into.

Some of my personal favourite moments last year included celebrating Harmless’ 10-year anniversary, getting to meet Professor Rory O’Connor at our annual conference and continuing to meet so many amazing people.

Lots of people I speak with always tell me they don’t know how I could be a Trainer because it’s scary and you have to know everything but my most favourite thing about being a Trainer isn’t the facilitating it’s getting the opportunity to meet so many hard working and inspiring individuals who want to save lives and make a difference.

In 2017, we delivered approximately 80 courses that’s over 5,000 people trained. As a result, our training reached over 30,000 individuals. To see these stats inspires hope and I know we can only continue to grow and build on these successes.

With 2018 already begun I am eager to get stuck in and see what another year brings. I shall leave you with a small taste for some of the exciting things we have install so far this year….

7th&8th February Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)- Lincoln

1st March From Harm to Hope, Self harm Conference- Nottingham

20th March Level 2 Self harm and working with Self harm- Nottingham

10th & 11th April Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Nottingham

To book places or for more details please visit Eventbrite (search term Harmless), call us on 0115 880 0281 or email us on


Training with Nottinghamshire Police

On Thursday I was warmly welcomed into the offices of Nottinghamshire Police. At Harmless we strongly believe in the importance of partnerships and working with other services, a notion Nottinghamshire Police also share. As well as delivering training I also spend a lot of my time building relationships and networking. I really enjoy this part of my role as meeting new people is always exciting. Sharing best practice, strategies and learning various support networks not only enables caregivers to feel more comfortable and confident but it also ensures the individual in distress is being provided with the most appropriate support.

Working with Nottinghamshire police also really reminded me how more and more job roles are becoming a part of the expected to help group. Whilst it isn’t their primary role to support those with mental health conditions, like a counsellor, it is still a prevalent issue. Therefore training, such as the mental health training we provide, is an important part of many people’s’ learning development journeys. Ensuring everyone is equipped with the skills and confidence to be able to respond to an individual in distress.

Group photo with Nottinghamshire Police after delivering Bespoke Mental Health training.

MHFA – Mental Health First Aid Training – 26th and 27th August

Harmless are pleased to be delivering Mental Health First Aid training on 26th and 27th August – £200 per delegate with a 10% discount to charities

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


What are the main benefits of MHFA for me?

MHFA will give you the skills to be able to support individuals with mental conditions in crisis. While you will be unable to diagnose mental health conditions, MHFA teaches you how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health, how to support someone in crisis using an effective model and the support networks available to someone with mental ill health. You will also learn that recovery is likely and indeed possible.

Why is MHFA beneficial to my organisation?

1 in 4 adults will experience a mental health problem each year. It is therefore very likely that someone you know, whether it be a friend, family member, colleague, client or an employee is likely to experience a mental condition, such as depression or anxiety disorders. Sometimes we don’t spot the signs immediately, however the sooner the person can receive professional support, the less likely they are to develop more serious long term problems.

Attending the training will help you in dealing with difficult situations as you will have more understanding and empathy about mental health conditions. Through the training we hope to reduce stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health by raising awareness of a range of conditions. Training staff as Mental Health First Aiders in your organisation indicates that you take your staff and clients wellbeing extremely seriously. This can result in

  • Less staff absences
  • Improve productivity, recruitment and staff retention levels
  • Improve outcomes for those returning to work


Where can I find more information or book on the course?

For more information about our MHFA Standard training or to book please contact Harmless and ask for Sophie Allen (Training Coordinator and MHFA Trainer)

Email: or

Telephone:  0115 9348445

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm (both days)

Training Location:



7 Mansfield Road



Please note: Attendance on all days of the workshop is mandatory

Lunch, refreshments and all resources will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Our Self Harm Organisation Supports Safer Internet Day

Today is Safer Internet Day and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’ focussing on creating a safer online world for children and young people.

Safer Internet Day is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.

It is now estimated that over a billion people use Facebook across the globe with other social media sites such as Twitter and You Tube (and many more) now playing a major part in most of our everyday lives.

Harmless believes that when it comes to social networking, we worry about limiting freedom of speech but when it comes to self harm and suicide we know that the internet is a risk factor and that our young people are at times exposed to harmful web content. Therefore, action needs to be taken to create a safer online experience for children and young people.

If you’d like to know more about self harm and the internet then join us at our workshop:

Cyber-Bullying: The Challenge Facing the Next Generation: How can we preserve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of our future?

Thursday 13th March: 9:30am-1pm

The training aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing the next generation. It will explore cyber-bullying from the perspective of a young person and the potentially dangerous consequences that social media can have on those who access it, their mental health and emotional well-being.

For more information and to book a place on the workshop, please visit our online store by clicking here. Or email