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.
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...
Harmless & the Tomorrow Project Celebration event a success! 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 the team as we celebrate our achievements, vital work and commitment to the field and self harm and suicide prevention over the past 12 months. In the presence of The High Sheriff of Nottingham, Judy Naake, and The Lord Mayor, Mohammed Saghir; the Harmless team were joined by over 100 guests as we toasted successes, spoke about challenges and discussed our hopes for the future. During the event we heard a moving speech made by, Kate, who has received important help from the Harmless Team. As someone who often works behind the scenes, I don’t often get to hear firsthand from the people we support, however, her words will only make me and the rest of the team more determined to ensure that we continue our vital work and, ultimately, save lives. We are very pleased to announce that we raised £2,357. This means eight more people can now access short-term therapy from Harmless or The Tomorrow Project. This is particularly significant as demand for our Harmless and Tomorrow Project services has significantly increased over the past year. On behalf of the Harmless team, we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the celebration event the best yet. We are extremely grateful to everyone who came along and supported us on the night. We would also like to thank everyone who donated and purchased raffle tickets and auction items; it is only with your support that we can continue to reach those who need our help. We would also like to thank Polly Yates who provided us with some fantastic live music; Hayley Green who treated our guests to a brilliant spoken word performance and Amy Faucheux, from FX- Events (http://www.fx-events.co.uk/) who kindly donated the wonderful table and chair decorations. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the team here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project. We could not host the night without their continued dedication and support – our team volunteer their own time to ensure that all of our guests are looked after and treated to an enjoyable night. Everyone here at Harmless and The Tomorrow Project cares passionately about the work we do and work tirelessly to ensure that we can support as many people as possible. I can say with pride and a big smile that we have a team of ‘life savers’ and I am pleased that we can take the time to celebrate that amazing fact. Next year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary – a milestone we are all really looking forward to celebrating. We hope you can all join us. Darren Fox - Business and Operations Manager
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Focus group: Self Harm and Eating Disorders, 27th & 28th October 2017 Have you struggled with eating and/or self-harm? Would you like to be involved in shaping the future of research on the relationship between these important issues? We are looking for people aged 18-25 years with lived experience of either or both of these issues to join a discussion about a future research project. We are holding two PPI (Public Patient Involvement) focus groups as part of the Café Connect project next week at Nottingham Contemporary. Each group will involve 8-12 participants and last for an hour (scheduled from 4-5pm). It will be held in a quiet private space and the groups will be facilitated by Caroline Harroe, Director of Harmless (an award winning user-led support service) and Ellen Townsend, Director: Self-Harm Research Group from the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. We can offer £15 Lovetoshop vouchers as a thank-you for your time and cover travel expenses (£10). There will be an opportunity to work closely with us to develop the research over future Café Connect events in Feb, May, June and July 2017. (This is optional – we understand that not everyone will want to do this but we hope that some people will.) Places are limited so please email Ellen (email@example.com) if you would like to be involved.
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Focus group: Self Harm and Eating Disorders, 27th & 28th October 2017 Posted on October 20, 2016 by Jack Have you struggled with eating and/or self-harm? Would you like to be involved in shaping the future of research on the relationship between these important issues? We are looking for people age...
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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 i...
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...
Have you struggled with eating and/or self-harm? Would you like to be involved in shaping the future of research on the relationship between these important issues? We are looking for people aged 18-25 years with lived experience of ei...
Harmless’ Christmas Cards are now on sale! Help support vital self harm and suicide prevention services by sending a festive card this holiday season! Premium quality cards come in packs of 8 with 2 designs and self seal envelopes ...