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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.

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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.


We invite any men in their 40’s who have faced their own Suicide Crisis, to join us in talking on a bbc documentary. If we’ve touched your world or helped you in any way too that’s brilliant. Filming will be in the next few weeks and ideally would talk to family members/partner to show how we get through these things together. We will be talking about what men need to access help. It will be a positive, hopeful piece of film for sport relief. Drop us an email caroline@harmless.org.uk if you fancy it, or want to know more. Together we can save lives.


Charity Tuesday Today is Charity Tuesday! As we approach the end of the working day (for most), why not finish off by supporting our life-saving suicide prevention work? You could start up a fundraiser, make a one-off donation or monthly transfer, host a bake sale, or even take part in a sponsored run. The possibilities are endless! By providing this support, you will be helping us to save more lives. Let’s make this week’s Charity Tuesday one to remember. Become a lifesaver and support us today! https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/ http://www.harmless.org.uk/blog/charity-tuesday.html


This work in suicide prevention makes me so angry. Yesterday we posted about the birth of the tomorrow project and the loss of life that led to our work being in existence. I wrote about the tragedy of suicide and the pain that I have seen amongst families and communities that have been deeply and devastatingly affected by suicide. Did you know that those affected by suicide are 80% more likely to go on to attempt to take their own life too? Neither did I, when I started this work. And yet now, day in day out our service takes referral after referral from those who are thinking about taking their life, and those bereaved by suicide. Me and my team listen to the stories of struggle. We hear stories of pain. We hear stories too often of people who have tried and tried to get help but there is none until they walk through our door. And here we are, with the government referring to us as a model of best practice, with our local services referring people to us to the point that our service is drowning in referrals, with people screaming out for help. Yet we are still without funding. It makes me so angry – this post is not about funding, it is about the lack of resources that are being allocated to distress. It is about the fact that by virtue of the fact that we struggle to stay afloat, we know, without fail, that there is a crisis of funding that threatens to take us away from the people that need us the most. As the CEO of a service, I want to spend my time doing a good job for the people that need me; I don’t want to be fighting the nonsense that prevails in this world. People are dying and I can’t get enough people to care to keep our service afloat. I don’t want to ask for donations and funding support, but I have to. I just have to, because without it, without us raising another 30k by the spring, some services will be threatened. This work makes me so cross, because the economic cost of one death by suicide is 1.7 million, and my service runs on peanuts in comparison. Do the math. Save a life, save money… if that’s the only thing people will listen to then that is the line that I will take and if the meantime you’ve got a quid in your pocket and you can do without an extra costa, chuck it our way? Or short of that, if you feel like doing something ridiculous like shaving your head, or throwing yourself out of a plane for us, or you know a rich millionaire… give them a nudge because we need a bit of help. Rant over. A disgruntled CEO. https://localgiving.org/charity/harmless/ http://www.harmless.org.uk/blog/this-work-in-suicide-prevention-makes-me-so-angry.html

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Self harm and suicide prevention starts here Posted Saturday 20th January 2018

The theme of our 3rd annual conference is self harm and suicide prevention starts here. Thursday 1st March 2018. Harmless recognises that self harm and suicide effects a broad range of individuals, facing many diverse experiences; reducing

Self Harm Conference, From Harm to Hope – 1st March 2018 – 2 delegates for £200 Posted Friday 19th January 2018

Our 3rd annual national conference with this year’s theme of ‘self harm: suicide prevention starts here’. £150 per place  or 2 places for £200* Our conference gathers together leading academics and experts in the fields of self har

From Harm to Hope: Introducing the Speakers Posted Thursday 18th January 2018

Claire Dixon… Claire has been a specialist trainer with Harmless since November 2016. She previously coordinated and delivered healthy relationship work in secondary schools for domestic abuse prevention charity Equation. Claire volun