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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.

RT @drljbaldwin: @Steve_Trenchard @HarmlessUK How about I DM you and we can plan to meet up to look at how we can work together in Derbyshi…

@drljbaldwin should be able to DM now, be good to talk.

@Steve_Trenchard @drljbaldwin good idea, what's the best way to start the ball rolling?

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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Charity Kickboxing fitness class a success! Thank you from the Tomorrow Project team for supporting your local suicide prevention service Posted on October 30, 2014 by Darren Last Sunday, I attended the Community Charity Kickboxing fitness class in East Leake. On behalf of the team, I would like to…

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Self harm counsellor offers a personal reflection about the work we do at Harmless Posted on October 29, 2014 by Darren Harmless and the Tomorrow Project’s undertakes a self harm and suicide prevention programme in which the key aims are to raise awareness of the issues relating to self harm and ...

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Self harm counsellor offers a personal reflection about the work we do at Harmless Harmless and the Tomorrow Project’s undertakes a self harm and suicide prevention programme in which the key aims are to: -raise awareness of the issues relating to self harm and suicidal ideation/intent -undertake effective information sharing -challenge the stigma attached to mental health issues -Support individuals identified as being at risk. Members of the Harmless team understand self harm and believe that the journey towards recovery may require different strategies, at different times for managing emotional distress. As a counsellor within the Harmless clinical team, my work involves supporting individuals who daily face the stigma surrounding mental health issues and more specifically self harm. Recently, I read with interest the experiences of Louise Pembroke who wrote about her experiences of self harm, regular rejection by A & E professionals and hospitalisation. She spoke of her loss of hope and difficulty caring for herself. The seriousness of her injuries increased in line with her distress. The turning point occurred when an ophthalmic nurse involved in her care noticed her anguish and simply asked ‘what’s wrong, are you hurt?’ As Louise acknowledged her emotional pain and physical injury, the nurse listened emphatically and went on to share information regarding ‘harm minimisation;’ this enabled Louise to safeguard herself from serious injury and undertake appropriate measures for self care. Louise expressed that: ‘This non-judgemental and practical approach was imparted without any lecturing or catastrophising and had a profound impact on me…. She understood that was where I was at in my life and she accepted me whether I harmed or didn't harm. I didn't have to hide it, justify it, or make bargains or promises I couldn't keep. It was such a relief.’ ‘For the first time I had some control over my circumstances.’ Louise Pembroke’s experience highlights the importance of the approach of all professionals when providing services of any kind for individuals who are vulnerable to the risk of self harm. This knowledge underpins the Harmless ethos of acceptance. We understand that treating each client with respect is of foremost importance; by supporting individuals to develop autonomy, minimise risk and, with time integrate alternative strategies for emotional regulation we believe that recovery is possible. Naomi Stewart (Harmless Counsellor) References Spandler H, Ed Warner S Ed, (2007) BEYOND FEAR AND CONTROL working with young people who self harm Cromwell Press (Trowbridge). Pembridge L, Harm Minimisation; Limiting The Damage of self-Injury.
Self harm counsellor offers a personal reflection about the work we do at Harmless | Harmless Blog
Self harm counsellor offers a personal reflection about the work we do at Harmless Posted on October 29, 2014 by Darren Harmless and the Tomorrow Project’s undertakes a self harm and suicide prevention programme in which the key aims are to raise awareness of the issues relating to self harm and su…

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Upcoming EventsView Calendar Adult Drop In (Ages 18+) 5/11/2014   2.30pm - 3.30pm Harmless, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom (map) This service is for anyone who would like support for either themselves or others. Our trained therapists will be on hand to offer information or advice about any concerns you may have or if anybody would like more information about the work and services that Harmless offers.Two drop in services will be available on a bi-monthly basis for young people aged 11-21 and adults aged 18+ (add to my calendar) Self Harm and Young People Training, Harmless 20/11/2014   9.30am - 4.00pm Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 3FB, UK (map) (add to my calendar) Young Person's Drop In (11-21yrs) 3/12/2014   3.00pm - 4.00pm Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom (map) This service is for anyone who would like support for either themselves or others. Our trained therapists will be on hand to offer information or advice about any concerns you may have or if anybody would like more information about the work and services that Harmless offers.Two drop in services will be available on a bi-monthly basis for young people aged 11-21 and adults aged 18+ (add to my calendar) Latest News
Charity Kickboxing fitness class a success! Thank you from the Tomorrow Project team for supporting your local suicide prevention service Posted 30/10/2014 14:20

Last Sunday, I attended the Community Charity Kickboxing fitness class in East Leake. On behalf of the team, I would like to say that we were really pleased to be part of such a wonderful event. I particularly enjoyed getting the opportuni...

Self harm counsellor offers a personal reflection about the work we do at Harmless Posted 29/10/2014 14:40

Harmless and the Tomorrow Project’s undertakes a self harm and suicide prevention programme in which the key aims are to raise awareness of the issues relating to self harm and  suicidal ideation/intent undertake effective informati...

Harmless Director nominated for the Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards Posted 28/10/2014 13:30

AN inspirational woman who uses a business model to help save lives and a leader who inspires her team have been nominated for the Nottingham Post’s Women in Business Awards. Caroline Harroe set up Harmless in 2007 after recover...

Harmless aren’t just for Nottingham! Posted 27/10/2014 11:31

Harmless aren’t just for Nottingham! Over the last two weeks I have delivered 6 PSHE sessions on self harm to a schools, three in Cambridge and three in Staffordshire. The diversity of the schools and the pupils aren’t a chal...