Suicide Prevention Service, The Tomorrow Project, hosts an event on 8th September exploring The Tomorrow Projects pathways, in line with World Suicide Prevention Day on September the 10th, 2017.

The Tomorrow Project will be hosting an event exploring the suicide prevention pathways, two days before World Suicide Prevention Day, 2017. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear about the life saving work we have been doing as well as hearing directly from people who have benefited from this innovative service, who will be telling their stories. The Tomorrow Project was established in South Nottinghamshire in 2012 after there were a number of deaths to suicide in a local community. By galvanising local support, bereaved families and professionals, The Tomorrow project was established to deliver services and support to reach people in distress and reduce suicide.

The Tomorrow project will also be hosting an introduction to effective risk assessment around suicide. This workshop will establish basic principles on effective risk assessment considering the following areas: Identifying risk factors, understanding & developing evidence based risk assessment tools, establishing current emotional states & behaviours and reviewing & revisiting risk.

Whilst there has been significant attention paid locally and nationally to suicide prevention, it remains a very specialist and under funded piece of work.

The bereaved by suicide also remain an overlooked group. These individuals are at an 80% increased chance of unemployment and a 1 in 10 chance of attempting suicide.

When compared with people bereaved through other causes, those bereaved by suicide are at an increased risk of suicide, psychiatric admission and depression, as well as suicide attempt and poor social functioning.

Penny Johnson, a bereaved mother, lost her son to suicide and says: “The Tomorrow Project is so vital in so many ways. Before my son died, we tried to get him help via the NHS only to be turned away because Jamie was over 18. I pleaded with them to help us, but they said that they couldn’t unless Jamie was the one asking for help but in October, 2012, Jamie took his own life. My family have been in turmoil ever since, each of us needing help in our own way and The Tomorrow Project has been there for us. I don’t know how we would have survived without them.”

The Tomorrow Project’s event is to be held at The Sir Collin Campbell building, September 8th 2017, in line with World Suicide Prevention Day. The team are incredibly excited to be hosting the event and look forward to meeting all attendees tomorrow.

A further ticketed event will be held on the evening of the 7th October at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham to celebrate the work and to raise money for the continuation of life saving work, with a drinks reception, dinner, live music and auction.

Tickets available now via: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/Harmless-Celebration-2017

World Suicide Prevention Day: 10th September 2016

In the UK in 2014, 6122 people died by suicide

It is estimated that 1 in 20 people have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life.

How many people do you walk past, or see every day? 80, 100, 200? To think that out of these up to 10 of these people could be having thoughts of suicide or have had thoughts previously is really quite startling!

It is quite possible, you know someone that has had thoughts of suicide or been affected by suicide

Do you have the skills and confidence to respond to thoughts of suicide?

Do you have the skills and confidence to complete an intervention with a person at risk of suicide?

Want to learn lifesaving skills?

To coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) Harmless will be delivering;

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

 27th and 28th September 2016 £150

ASIST is a 2 day intensive training programme that teaches participants life assisting skills to be able to complete an intervention with a person at risk.

The focus of this is to identify what can be done to keep a person ‘safe for now’ while longer term safety measures are explored. It uses a framework that supports the caregiver to work through an intervention and create a safety plan.

Responding and supporting someone at risk of suicide can be extremely distressing and anxiety provoking. ASIST can give you the confidence to respond to these distressing disclosures and most importantly, teaches us that by providing that little bit of hope to a person at risk, that recovery is possible and indeed, very likely.

Email: training@harmless.org.uk

Call: 0115 934 8445

Delivery location will be within Nottingham City 

On World Suicide Prevention day we answer: what does it feel like to be suicidal?

What does it feel like to be suicidal?

Have you ever felt as though you are completely lost? Like you’re alone in this world, completely alone, and no matter how much you ache for another human being to wrap their arms around you and make you feel safe again- it feels as though there’s no one in the world that could do that for you. Despite having people who you love, there’s something that stops you picking up the phone- you might not want to bother them, or worry them… You might just not have the words or courage to start a conversation.

Or maybe something has just happened in your world and the grief is intolerable- it’s blinding you. You see no way forwards; no answers… No solutions. Just more problems. More intolerable pain.

People become suicidal for all different reasons and in all circumstances.

For some a single devastating event can be enough to tip someone into a dark enough place where suicide seems like a viable option. For others, a cumulative effect of many experiences, or depression may be the reason that hope becomes a lost state and without hope, we can each get terribly lost in our own darkness.

Hope is vital. It keeps us alive. It helps us to face tomorrow, overcome our problems, identify help and ask for it. Hope means believing that things can get better.

Being without hope means that in spite of loving relationships or professional success, regardless of how other people see us or our futures, we see no point in going forwards.

And whilst we at Harmless and The Tomorrow Projecy fully understand these feelings- we also know that no matter how bad things are or feel, they can get better. We also don’t expect people who are feeling that bleak to be able to believe us- instead we do the work that we do in spite of that.

Finding words to describe such a dark place can feel close to impossible; even if you can, finding the courage to say them out loud makes speaking out such a difficult thing to do.

But try.

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Fundraising for World Suicide Prevention Day

Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day. Every day we work with people who are feeling desperate and contemplating suicide. We also support those left behind, bereaved by suicide.
We have no funding for this support work so have to raise the vital funds to save lives and ease suffering.

If you believe in what we do, please support our annual fundraising efforts. Raffle tickets are on sale now here

Call for greater self harm and suicide prevention work in schools

This morning, the Gem fm campaign turns it’s attention to
what work can be done with schools to improve education for
students around the issue of self harm and suicide prevention. Gem
talk to East Leake Academy, who, after tragic circumstances worked
closely with Harmless and The Tomorrow Project to ensure that the
best possible support was offered to its students. Nottingham
academy speaks about their determination to undertake work of a
similar nature following an increase in self harming as an issue
amongst its students. The Tomorrow Project is able to work with
schools and communities effected by suicide or high rates of self
harm to ensure that all individuals have access to good quality
information about the subjects – we can do talks and group work, or
talk with projects to see what help is most needed. If you would
like to learn more about our work and what we can do for your
school or project, please contact tomorrow@harmless.org.uk or call
0115 9348445. If you would like to read today’s Gem fm article
please follow this link:
http://www.gem106.co.uk/news/headlines/concerns-1-in-5-children-self-harm/
and to listen to the interviews and audio pieces so far, please
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