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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.

Harmless Blog: Meet the Team: Sarah: Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Trainer for Harmless. My role is to conne... http://t.co/uOhSUVWLOr

Challenging, interesting, emotional and validating couple of days doing ASIST #suicideprevention training @grove_adrienne @Write_MindsUK

@Write_MindsUK been an interesting day learning about a different model, and enhancing the way we can work.

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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Meet the Team: Sarah Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Trainer for Harmless. My role is to connect with as many people as possible and raise awareness and knowledge around the areas of self-harm and suicide. I will also be contributing towards the development of the training programme. Training is given in order to meet people’s needs but, just as importantly to inspire prevention. I am a new member of Harmless and am very excited to be working for such a remarkable organisation. Harmless has truly overwhelmed me by the amount it has achieved through such a small yet astounding group of people. Every member gives their all to provide a voice to those that are unheard and support those who feel alone. My background is mainly in education, both primary and secondary. I have been a teacher and also worked as a part of a pastoral team in schools. As a result this has brought me into close contact with many of the trials and tribulations young adolescents experience. I also have personal experience of self-harm and as a result believe passionately in the value and importance of organisations such as Harmless. I believe Harmless provides support and hope to many, something which was not available to me when I was young. By working with Harmless I am hoping to reach out to the nation, and even beyond, to enlighten minds and provide hope. To book any of our courses take a look at our website. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Upcoming courses include: MHFA 26th - 27th August: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. ASIST 7th - 8th September: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid.
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Meet the Team: Sarah Posted on July 30, 2015 by Jack Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Trainer for Harmless. My role is to connect with as many people as possible and raise awareness and knowledge around the areas of self-harm and suicide. I will also be contributing towards the development of the tra…

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Did you hear our team speaking on BBC radio Nottingham earlier today about self harm and a rise of self harm in young people? We were addressing the concerns over an NHS reported rise of 70% in young people attending A & E. Well done to Adrienne and Sophie for speaking about the community responsibility we have towards ALL people in distress and about the services that we offer.

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Self Harm: What should school staff be aware of? Self harm is an increasing problem among children and young people and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers some advice on spotting the signs and how to respond. Self harm is a concerning reality for teachers, parents and professionals working with children and young people today. Recent statistics conclude that rates have increased in the UK and are now among the highest in Europe. According to the National Institute for Care and Excellence, the risk of suicide has also increased (NICE 2013). Studies conclude that between 10 and 12 per cent of young people self harm, but the true incidence is largely unknown as many young people do not present for help. A recent poll commissioned by ChildLine, YouthNet, SelfHarmUK and YoungMinds revealed that of the 2,000 children and young people surveyed, over half of the 11 to 14-year-olds reported having self harmed, or knowing someone who had. Equally, eight out of ten 18 to 21-year-olds say they have self harmed or know someone who has (reported by NSPCC on Self Harm Awareness day – March 1, 2015). The predominant reason young people give for not reporting their self harm is the concern that they will not be listened to or that they will be misunderstood. Yet at the same time self harm is the one issue that all groups (young people, parents and professionals) feel least comfortable approaching. Parents tend to associate young people self harming with failing as a parent, and teachers feels helpless and unsure about what to say. Other research has found that three in five GPs do not know what language to use when talking about self harm with young people. Children and young people’s general mental health continues to be a concern at both political, social and community levels. Below are some key principles for school staff in how to understand and mange this complex psychological and social phenomenon. To read the full news article, follow this link: http://www.headteacher-update.com/best-practice-article/self-harm-what-should-school-staff-be-aware-of/82466/
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Self Harm: What should school staff be aware of? Posted on July 14, 2015 by Jack Self harm is an increasing problem among children and young people and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers some advice on spotting the signs and how to respond. Se…

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Meet the Team: Sarah Posted 30/07/2015 13:05

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a Trainer for Harmless. My role is to connect with as many people as possible and raise awareness and knowledge around the areas of self-harm and suicide. I will also be contributing towards the development o...

Self Harm: What should school staff be aware of? Posted 14/07/2015 15:10

Self harm is an increasing problem among children and young people and schools are on the front-line. Child and educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers some advice on spotting the signs and how to respond. Self harm is a conce...

Upcoming Self Harm, Suicide and Mental Health Training here at Harmless Posted 13/07/2015 13:18

Here at Harmless we are really excited that we will be delivering MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) here in August and September respectively. (Further dates will be announced shortly...

In the News: Self-harming, why boys need classes to help them cope with their emotions Posted 10/07/2015 13:10

Almost 5,000 boys and teenagers were admitted to A&E over the last year with self-inflicted injuries last year, according to official figures. This is a rise of 15 per cent from the year before, though experts suggest the reported n...