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Welcome to Harmless

Self Harm Support at Harmless

Harmless is a user led organisation that provides a range of services about self harm including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends and families and professionals.

Harmless was set up by people who understand self harm and at the heart of our service is a real sense of hope. We know that with the right support and help life can get better. We hope that you find this site a safe and helpful resource.

Feel free to look around and we welcome your thoughts and feedback about our site and services. We would also encourage everyone who feels able to complete our self harm questionnaires as this will help us develop a better awareness of who is accessing Harmless and the kind of difficulties they face.

Funding for Self Harm Services

Harmless now deliver a range of services. We previously delivered these under contract with Nottinghamshire Heathcare Trust but these funds were lost due to the financial cuts. However, we still deliver monthly drop in sessions where people can get support and information about self harm and we offer one to one therapy sessions.

For more information or to volunteer your time and fundraising skills to keep these vital services going, please contact us.

The Harmless Advisory Group

We are always looking for people to join our advisory group, and to help out with all aspects of the project, for anyone who is interested in helping out in any way; click here if you'd like to support our efforts and help people who self harm for more details.

@rednoseday money raised for @comicrelief in thanks for supporting our work https://t.co/W2ASVgoHzn

Why we need to be careful when posting things about self harm and suicide… | Harmless Blog https://t.co/6unOc6ULoQ

Come along this afternoon to take part in our study on #selfharm at the @Nottm_Contemp 2-5.We will shout you a coffee!

Harmless Workbook: Working Through Self Harm Harmless Workbook

Available in an electronic format, Harmless have de­veloped this workbook in collaboration with service users, therapists and the Institute of Mental Health to provide a tool that can be used to promote recovery and self reflection amongst people that self harm, encouraging alternative methods of coping.

For more information, or to find out how to buy our workbook, please follow this link.

Out of Harm's Way DVD New DVD Available

New to Harmless: our DVD. Through the eyes of those with first hand experience, we examine the nature of self harm, distress and recovery. A resource both for those that self harm and for professionals.

To see an extract, or to learn how to order yourself a copy, please follow this link.

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In the News: My chickens saved my life I thought, if they can cope with the trauma they have experienced, then I’ve got to find the strength myself I took my first overdose at 11, my second at 18 and my third just after my 21st birthday. It was a cry for help. I had lovely parents, but I was desperately unhappy. I was sexually abused at the age of eight, in the 1960s. I was afraid I’d get the cane if I told a teacher, so I didn’t tell anyone. When my parents found out, all hell broke loose. The abuser went to jail, but I never spoke about it. I couldn’t face it. I left school at 15 and worked for Royal Mail, first as a telegram boy and then as a postman. We’d finish at 12.30pm and go straight down the boozer. I’d have three or four pints, five, sometimes. Alcohol masked my depression, and by my early 30s I had become dependent. If I got bladdered, I could kick the demons out. One Christmas, I drank 48 cans of Carling in two days. I ended up in hospital. The doctor said, “You either pack in the drinking or you’ll die.” That’s when, aged 34, I went to rehab and there followed six years without a drink. I lost six stone in weight and started cycling 15 miles to work and back. I’d never felt so fit. Then, in 1997, I fell in love. It was a beautiful sunny day, we’d been to the Cotswolds and I had a beer. One became two, two became three… It was the ladder to oblivion. To read the full article, please click below.
Experience: my chickens saved my life
I thought, if they can cope with the trauma they have experienced, then I’ve got to find the strength myself

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BAKE SALE RESULTS! And good luck to Comic Relief with their fundraiser. We are very very….very pleased to say we have raised a total of £100.00 for Comic Relief. Every member of staff contributed to the bake sale and we are happy to support the cause. At Harmless we are fortunate to be supported by Comic Relief and are half way through a project named ‘Breaking the Cycle: Young People, self harm and suicide.’ Comic relief support us in helping young people aged between 18 and 25, who self harm and/or at risk of suicide. In the first 18 months of Comic Relief funding, we are proud to announce that we have directly supported 120 young people. Our overarching aim here at Harmless is to save lives and through the support we received from funders like Comic Relief, this is possible. We wish everyone at Comic Relief all the best for tonight’s fundraiser. You can learn more about Red Nose Day and Comic Relief by clicking here! If you would like to donate to comic relief, you can do so by clicking here!
BAKE SALE RESULTS! And good luck to Comic Relief with their fundraiser. | Harmless Blog
Comic relief support us in helping young people aged between 18 and 25, who self harm and/or at risk of suicide. In the first 18 months of Comic Relief funding, we are proud to announce that we have

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Why we need to be careful when posting things about self harm and suicide… Most people mean well when posting about self harm and suicide, but it’s so important that: 1. Never mention any methods of harm as anyone innocently reading can be ‘triggered’ by such things. Someone contemplating suicide may be more likely to act upon their thoughts if exposed to talk of methods. 2. Always ensure if you’re posting about where someone can get help that YOU know where you’re sending them. You post a support number- for who? Are they limited by age? Gender? Country? What help will they offer? Hopeline is awesome but only for young people, Samaritans is great for listening, but they won’t actually intervene. Be informed. The only thing worse than not seeking help is being sent to somewhere that can’t help you when you’re already feeling hopeless. 3. Don’t post stories that glamorise suicide or self harm. Even celebratory posts about someone who has died by suicide are KNOWN to have a detrimental effect and can increase the likelihood of people dying by suicide. Often people who are suicidal are comforted by the thought that they will be missed fondly, or feel so awful about themselves that no matter how bad the impact they leave – they still believe that people are better off without them. Instead: -Do post things that promote talking and help-seeking. -Do tell people that suicide is something that can be stepped back from with the right help. -Do listen. -Be ready to have a conversation . Something like: “Suicidal thoughts are normal for many people. With the right help and support you can get through this and if you need to talk, I am here.”
Why we need to be careful when posting things about self harm and suicide… | Harmless Blog
1. Never mention any methods of harm as anyone innocently reading can be ‘triggered’ by such things. Someone contemplating suicide may be more likely to act upon their thoughts if exposed to talk of methods.

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In the News: My chickens saved my life Posted Tuesday 28th March 2017

I thought, if they can cope with the trauma they have experienced, then I’ve got to find the strength myself I took my first overdose at 11, my second at 18 and my third just after my 21st birthday. It … BAKE SALE RESULTS! And good luck to Comic Relief with their fundraiser. Posted Friday 24th March 2017

We are very very… very pleased to say we have raised a total of £100.00 for Comic Relief. Every member of staff contributed to the bake sale and we are happy to support the cause. At Harmless we are fortunate to … Why we need to be careful when posting things about self harm and suicide… Posted Friday 24th March 2017

Most people mean well when posting about self harm and suicide, but it’s so important that: 1. Never mention any methods of harm as anyone innocently reading can be ‘triggered’ by such things. Someone contemplating suicide...

Thought about fundraising for us? And want to save lives whilst doing so?….Then you’re in the right place! Posted Thursday 23rd March 2017

We are looking for wonderful people to join us in fundraising to reach our 30K in 90 days target. All money raised will go directly into providing help services for people in distress. We want to ensure that any one, …