From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers

Professor Louis Appleby

Louis Appleby graduated in medicine in Edinburgh and subsequently trained in hospital medicine and psychiatry, the latter at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has an MD from Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Psychiatrists. He has held research grants totalling £15.5m from the Wellcome Trust, MRC, Department of Health and other NHS sources.

Louis leads the Centre for Mental Health and Safety, investigating suicide and self-harm, violence and forensic services, the largest research unit in this field internationally.  Its findings have been the basis of Government policy on suicide prevention and are widely quoted by governments, professionals and charities.  From 2000-2010 Louis was seconded (part-time) as the Government’s National Director for Mental Health to lead a national programme of reform in mental health care in England and from 2010-2014 he was National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice. 

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From Harm to Hope Conference

We are pleased to announce that Harmless’ third national self harm conference will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018, Self Harm Awareness Day. This year’s theme is ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’.
As in previous years, the conference will be shaped around the following five strategic areas:

Collaborative partnership
Service user representation
Effective practice
Driving change
Overcoming stigma and discrimination

Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self harm and suicide

Ideal for psychology graduate/undergraduate

#1. Service provision mapping.

As a mental health service in the third sector it is vital our work:

  • Responds to need
  • Doesn’t duplicate other service 

In order to do this in the changing face of services it is vital for us to establish where other services specifications start and stop, and where best we respond to gaps in provision to meet the needs of those experiencing mental distress, self harm and suicide. 

The research intern will identify all relevant statutory services and establish their service specifications (through request or FOI) drawing a visual representation of coverage for both adults and young people in each locality area to demonstrate Harmless’ service fit and business case. 

Applicants can apply by emailing caroline@harmless.org.uk

 

#2. The research intern will work to establish the business case for Harmless and The Tomorrow Projects service. 

As such they will:

A) look at the usage of service (who, what, how) to establish who we are helping and of these, who are eligible or ineligible for other services. 

B) what impact we are having on their outcomes in the short term and longer term, undertaking analysis of in-service and follow data.

The intern will produce a report to document the client journey, the impact received from receipt of service and their changed outcomes because of this. The intern may also use narrative of the clients to tell this story. 

All data collected to evidence this journey has ethical clearance from Nottingham University. 

Ideal for psychology graduate/undergraduate 

Applicants can apply by emailing caroline@harmless.org.uk

Could you be our next Community Champion?

Could you join our business community champions? 

Every year we run a number of events and to make those event happen in a way that reaches everyone that it needs to, we engage with as many corporate sponsors as we are able.

Our community champions help us to widen our offer of help to more people that need it. 

Could you be a community champion? 

Are you a company looking for further CSR opportunities? 

Could you donate £1-300 (or more, obviously!!) to help people in distress and their families come along to our help promoting events.

Your money would help us host events that reach people; in return you would receive sponsorship acknowledgment in local press and convene and an update about the social impact you’ve contributed to.  

Please share, and thank you and if you want to get involved, please contact admin@harmless.org.uk 

Would you like to work for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project?

We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within the organisation to join our specialist self harm and suicide prevention team.

To download an application form and job description for each of the roles listed, please click the relevant links below. For more information please email info@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445 (admin line only). Please include which job you are applying for in your email.

Positions:

  • Therapist
  • Suicide Bereavement Project Worker
  • Suicide Crisis Project Worker

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 2nd January 2017.

First interviews to be held w/c 9th January 2017.

Second interviews to be held w/c 16th January 2017.

More information on all positions can be found at the following links:

To download our application form, please click here.

To download the job descriptions for each of the roles listed, please click the relevant link below:

A Mother’s Love

The moment your bundle’s presented
There are feelings unique and brand new,
You feel an overwhelming surge of love –
Unconditional?  You find is quite true. 

You forgive those broken nights of sleep
And forget all those four hourly feeds.
Your life seems to do a massive ‘shift’
As you tend to your little ones needs.

Your new life slowly adapts and develops,
You grow with pride at each passing phase,
You marvel at his many achievements
And coo at his endearing cute ways.

You can’t imagine life before he arrived
Or describe the joy he’s helped to create.
The richness is vast… yet exhausting,
Bring on bedtime!… you really can’t wait.

The opportunity to have five minutes to unwind,
And refresh yourself to face the new day
Because you find a ‘new’ you is evolving
And the old ‘you’ has scuttled away.

You somehow lose a piece of your identity
When you’d expected to feel more rounded.
You pray that your worries will all disappear
And that those niggling doubts are unfounded.

Your own Mum made it look so easy,
And on the surface you’re a graceful swan
But beneath you’re crazily paddling
And wondering where the really ‘you’s’ gone.

 – Written by a service user at Harmless

Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training

There are still places available on our Introduction to self harm and working with self harm training this Thursday, 12th March.

This training 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.

Our  general training days 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.

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

Time: 9:30am – 4pm

Price: £115 per person (10% discount for charities or for bookings of 5 or more places)

Book your place here: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Training/Harmless-Training-Programme/General-Training-12-03-15 or email training@harmless.org.uk

Book on our Introduction to Self Harm Training

There are still places on our Introduction to Self Harm Training

– 12th March 2015

What do our training days provide?

Our  general training days 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.

Our training days 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

What do previous participants say about our training?

  • “The way the training was delivered was inspirational”
  • “The trainer was excellent witty, enigmatic. She made the subject interesting and relevant. A fantastic training day.”
  • “One of the best training sessions I have attended”
  • “Delivered by an enthusiastic trainer whose real life experiences significantly added weight to the content of presentation.”
Details of next Training:

Venue:  Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Date: Thursday 12th March 2015

Click here for more information and to book.

 

Upcoming self harm and young people training

Harmless’ next Self Harm and Young People training day is on Friday 16th January 2015

What this training day provides?

This training concentrates on self harm from the perspective of young people. Harmless are a specialist service and leading organisation in the field of self harm and have years of experience of working with those aged under 18 years old. This training day gives delegates from a broad range of professional arenas an opportunity to get a detailed overview from the experts about self harm and working with young people who self harm.

This training would be suitable for anyone who works with young people or who may come in to contract with young people who self harm or at risk of self harm.

It will aim to enhance understanding and skills to be able to make a positive difference to the life of someone who is self harming, and looks to ensure that we feel more comfortable and confident about working with people who self harm.

Learning Outcomes

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

For more information and to book a place, click here or email training@harmless.org.uk

Why is training so important?

Self harm can be an extremely complex and painful issue to face, for the individuals who self harm, and for those that they go to for help and support. As professionals, the interaction that you have with someone that self harms has the capacity to help or hinder that person’s recovery.  Professional training, development and support are essential to ensure that we have the appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to make a positive difference to the life of someone is self harming, and to ensure that we feel comfortable and confident in our roles.

Harmless’ training will encourage you to explore your awareness of self harm, and develop an understanding of the key issues faced by people who self harm, and by the issues that this raises for the services that these individuals come into contact with. We will explore the impact that we, as service providers, can potentially have upon the health, recovery and well-being of those that self harm, and explore skills and interventions that can be used with people that self harm.

Our aim is to help develop the knowledge, skills and awareness of staff to feel confident and competent in responding to individuals who harm themselves.

We deliver a range of workshop and training packages throughout the UK so that you can be sure you are accessing the appropriate level of support for yourself and your staff team.

All training is provided by an experienced trainer and in line with NICE Guidance (2004) combine research led, evidence based knowledge with service user informed insight to enhance the learning experience.

Self Harm and Young People Training Day – 20th November 2014

What this training day provides?

This training concentrates on self harm from the perspective of young people. Harmless are a specialist service and leading organisation in the field of self harm and have years of experience of working with those aged under 18 years old. This training day gives delegates from a broad range of professional arenas an opportunity to get a detailed overview from the experts about self harm and working with young people who self harm.

This training would be suitable for anyone who works with young people or who may come in to contract with young people who self harm or at risk of self harm.

It will aim to enhance understanding and skills to be able to make a positive difference to the life of someone who is self harming, and looks to ensure that we feel more comfortable and confident about working with people who self harm.

Learning Outcomes

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

Date: 20th November 2014

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Venue: Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre

To book your place, click here

Self Harm Workshop for Parents, Thursday 3rd July

This Thursday (3rd July), Harmless will be delivering a free self harm workshop for parents at a Nottingham City School.

The workshop will be from 5:30-7pm

The workshop will cover what self harm is, awareness and supporting young people.

If you are interested in attending please email adrienne@harmless.org.uk

This will be offered on a rotational basis across city school for the foreseeable future.