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.
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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.
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.
Harmless drop in session tomorrow Harmless will be hosting a young person drop in Session Thursday 27th October at 11am – 12am If you are aged between 11 – 21 years, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along. Our sessions are friendly and welcoming. We create a relaxed atmosphere with approachable staff who provide important information explaining how our service can support you, your friends and family or a colleague. Drop in sessions are held at Nottingham Community and Voluntary Centre on Mansfield Road (opposite House of Fraser). If you have trouble finding us please call on 0115 8348445 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Harmless drop is session tomorrow Posted on October 26, 2016 by Jack Harmless will be hosting a young person drop in Session Thursday 27th October. 11 – 12 am If you are aged between 11 – 21 years, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along. Our sessi...
Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Wednesday 1st March 2017 Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice. Early bird offer: £90 per delegate* *Usual price £150 per delegate place. Offer available for all places booked and paid for before 30th November 2016 only. Conference details: The theme of our conference is empowering communities through collaboration. Harmless recognises that self harm effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing the number of individuals that self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work. This exciting event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm and practitioners & academics in the field of self harm in an ethos of joint working and shared experience. The conference will address a broad range of skills and learning needs, and provide an opportunity to examine working with a broad client base including young people and adults. Our conference is themed around five strategic areas: · Collaborative partnership, · Service user representation, · Effective practice, · Driving change · Overcoming stigma and discrimination. Delegates can expect to take away from the conference a range of knowledge, inspiration and practical applications for the implementation in real life personal and professional situations. Learning from some of the leaders in the field, delegates will have access to interactive sessions that can drive change in the field of self harm. Confirmed Speakers: Professor Rory O’Connor Caroline Harroe Professor Ellen Townsend Dr Pooky Knightsmith More to follow… Workshops: Caroline Harroe (Harmless) – Clinical Skills Masterclass Sophie Allen (Harmless) Sarah Kessling (Harmless) Pam Burrows More to follow… Venue: The conference will be held at the specialist conference venue in the heart of Nottingham, The Nottingham Conference Centre. For directions please click here Who we are: Harmless is a user led service which provides support, information, training and consultancy to people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. We are committed to saving lives and giving a voice to those unheard. Harmless launched in 2007 and was set up by people who understand self harm. At the heart of our service is a real sense of hope, we know with the right support, and help life can get better. Find out more about Harmless by looking on our website www.harmless.org.uk Self harm is everyone’s business: 1 in 10 people are affected by self harm. Self harm does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Anyone is at risk from self harming at some point in their life depending on the experiences they have and the worry they feel about these experiences. Popular culture would have you believe that it is predominantly young girls who self harm; findings suggest that in fact for the age range of mid 30′s in men represent the majority of people attending Accident and Emergency for the treatment of self harm. Given this, we will only save more lives if all parts of society work together. Where can I find more information? If you would like more information about the forthcoming conference, or to book tickets, then please email email@example.com Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445
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Self Harm Conference: From Harm to Hope – Wednesday 1st March 2017 Posted on October 25, 2016 by Jack Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice. Early bird offer: £90 per delegate* *Usual price £150 per…
Prevention is better than cure – looking out for our next generations We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it. Within every school in the UK there is a qualified first aider to hand, in case of physical illness or injury. There is a preventative measure in place should young people need physical first aid help during their time in the learning environment. Their wellbeing and safety is very much considered in this regards. There are effective interventions and systems in place that can be utilised quickly and easily. Although there have been some positive changes in recent years, when it comes to mental health, this is more often than not ignored. It is the invisible illness with so much uncertainty and negativity still surrounding it. How often do we come across mental health first aiders in schools? Unfortunately, not very often at all. Although we would like to have the same preventative measures applied to mental health as we have in place for physical health, this frustratingly is not the case. From a recent article from Dr David A Lee, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist, discussing the importance of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in schools, states; ‘it is fundamental that early warning signs of mental health are detected at an early rate in children and adolescents so that prompt action can be taken to ensure helpful support and appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, this is not our reality at present’ This really does bring to the forefront that early intervention is what is needed. We need to be proactive, not reactive. It is stated within the same article that; ‘5% of adolescents suffer from depression at any one time and 20% will experience depressive symptoms by the time they enter childhood. To add to this, approximately 10-15% of children or adolescents have one or more diagnosable anxiety disorder.’ It is also discussed that eating disorders are on the increase, particularly in young females. Why as a society are we not more concerned about the rise of mental health issues in our young people? Emotional wellbeing should be at the forefront when supporting young people. Mental health training should be provided for frontline workers supporting and working with children and adolescents. Anyone can be trained in mental health and anyone can respond to those in distress. Why should we let individuals get to such high levels of distress, before we step in, when we all know, and likely use that famous saying ‘prevention is better that cure’ By having trained staff within each and every school, caregivers can detect warning signs of possible mental ill health and ensure that early intervention is implemented. This can be in the form of signposting, liaising with specialists in the field, seeking appropriate professional help, such as psychological treatments, or referring on to a safeguarding lead or pastoral support. While doing so, it is vital we work collaboratively with the individual and empower them to make their own decisions about their needs and wants. Finally, Dr David Lee goes onto state; ‘While MHFA is still very much in its infancy as a concept, it offers a unique solution to the needs of schools and colleges in terms of cultivating pupil wellbeing and positive mental health, and to the early recognition of mental health problems’ If you have any training needs surrounding mental health, Harmless can provide bespoke CPD accredited training packages as well as the MHFA 2 day programme Contact us on 0115 934 8446 Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Prevention is better than cure – looking out for our next generations Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jack We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’. If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it. W...
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Harmless will be hosting a young person drop in Session Thursday 27th October. 11 – 12 am If you are aged between 11 – 21 years, and would like support for yourself, a friend or family member then feel free to come along. Our...
Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice. Early bird offer: £90 per delegate* *Usual price £150 per delegate place. Offer availabl...
We are all aware of the old saying ‘prevention is better than cure’ . If we feel we are coming down with a cold, or have the start of a headache, we will intervene early to hopefully prevent it. Within every school in the UK there ...
On Friday 7th October, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project hosted their annual evening of celebration at the Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham to mark the 9th year since our launch. The event is the most important date of the year for me and...