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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.

Proud to deliver @Living_Works #ASIST course in #suicide intervention & other bespoke #suicide courses. Email training@harmless.org.uk

Proud to be a provider of @MHFAEngland Courses and looking for sessional trainers to join our team, last few days to apply.

I can get all your #mentalhealth training needs met by @letstalknlearn whilst being a life saver-All training sales fund support services!

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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Introducing Dr Ann John Dr Ann John is Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School and will speaking at our 2nd annual conference – From Harm to Hope. Her main areas of interest are the epidemiology and prevention of common mental disorders, suicide and self harm. Dr John chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on Suicide and Self harm prevention and, co- lead the Medicine, Health and Society strand of the Graduate Entry Medicine course at Swansea. With Dr John’s background in public health and primary care, she is an honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine with Public Health Wales. Dr Ann John’s areas of expertise reside in: Epidemiology Suicide and self-harm Common mental disorders Public Health Research Population health Public Mental Health We at Harmless are delighted to Dr Ann Johns contribution to our conference program on the ‘insert title of presentation’. If you would like to book a place at the conference, click the following link for more information: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=90 The conference is CPD accredited for professional development credit. If you would like any more information on the conference, please contact us on admin@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445.
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Introducing Dr Ann John Posted on January 19, 2017 by Jack Dr Ann John is Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School and will speaking at our 2nd annual conference – From Harm to Hope. Her main areas of interest are the epidemiology and prevention of common mental disorders, suicide an...

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Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope – 1st March 2017 – 2 delegates for £200 Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice. £150 per place or 2 places for £200* To book tickets, please conatact us at admin@harmless.org.uk, or call us on 0115 934 8445. Conference details: The theme of this years conference is understanding and change. 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 Ann John More to follow… Workshops: -Caroline Harroe (Harmless) Clinical Skills Masterclass -Sophie Allen (Harmless) Understanding Recovery: Impact our Attitudes and Ethos have on Effective Recovery Rates -Sarah Kessling (Harmless) Exploring possible online interventions, which help support self harm and the wider implications. -Ruth Coward Telling our stories: A gift to ourselves and future generations – Challenging stigma and affecting change. -Dr Hannah Heath (University of Chester) Listening to quieter voices: Understanding and meeting the needs of friends. -Lindsey Barratt (Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust) Distress tolerance and coping in a crisis. -Pam Burrows Looking after yourself too. 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 admin@harmless.org.uk Or speak directly to a member of our team on: 0115 934 8445. *to qualify for this offer, both delegates must be booked at the same time and be part of the same organisation.
2 Tickets to Self Harm Conference - From Harm to Hope
Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice.

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Introducing – Professor Rory O’Connor Professor Rory O’Connor will be speaking at our 2nd annual conference, March 1st, from Harm to Hope. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and then moved to Scotland where he has been ever since, most recently as Professor of Psychology at University of Stirling. He joined the University of Glasgow in July 2013 and is currently Director of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory and is head of the Mental Health and Wellbeing group there. He is a registered health psychologist who is broadly interested in self-regulation processes and health outcomes. He is Past President of the International Academy for Suicide Research, past UK National Representative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and a member of the American Association of Suicidology. In 2014 he was elected as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He also serves on the Scientific Review Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is Deputy Chief Editor of Archives of Suicide Research, an Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviour, serves on the editorial board of Psychology and Health, Crisis, the Open Access Journals Suicidology Online and Psychiatry Journal. Rory is a member of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Health Psychology (and is an accredited Stage 2 health psychology supervisor) and the European Health Psychology Society. He also sits on the Chief Scientist Office’s Health Services and Population Research Grants Committee, and the Scottish Government’s national suicide and self-harm implementation and monitoring group. Rory was also a member of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE self-harm guidelines (longer term management). Everyone here at Harmless is incredibly excited to having Professor Rory O’Connor speaking at the conference. If you would like to attend please click on the following link for more information: http://www.harmless.org.uk/store/index.php?route=product/category&path=90. Or you can contact us on 0115 934 8445 / admin@harmless.org.uk
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Introducing – Professor Rory O’Connor Posted on January 17, 2017 by Jack Professor Rory O’Connor will be speaking at our 2nd annual conference, March 1st, from Harm to Hope. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and then moved to Scotland where he has been ever since, most recen...

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Introducing Dr Ann John Posted 19/01/2017 15:21

Dr Ann John is Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School and will speaking at our 2nd annual conference – From Harm to Hope. Her main areas of interest are the epidemiology and prevention of common mental disorders, s...

Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope – 1st March 2017 – 2 delegates for £200 Posted 18/01/2017 16:38

Our 2nd annual national conference looking at effective services for people that self harm, current thinking and implications for practice. £150 per place  or  2 places for £200* To book tickets, please conatact us at admi...

Introducing – Professor Rory O’Connor Posted 17/01/2017 17:07

Professor Rory O’Connor will be speaking at our 2 nd annual conference, March 1 st , from Harm to Hope. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 1997 and then moved to Scotland where he has been ever since, most re...

Introducing Lindsey Barratt Posted 16/01/2017 15:07

Lindsey Barratt is a Mental Health Practitioner and Cluster 8 pathway and, will be joining us at our 2 nd annual conference – From Harm to Hope on 1 st March 2017. Lindsey is currently working as a cluster 8 pathway co-ordinator, ov...