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.
@lady_rizz but it might be better to phone the service if you're unhappy you haven't had a response.
@lady_rizz email as it can take us time to get through the many many requests we get for such help. Please be patient. We promise to help
@lady_rizz it can take a while to respond to emails, esp.for support as we have no funding for this,but will always respond.when did you
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.
Taking Care of your Mental Health It is Nottingham Mental health Awareness weeks and we want to share with you ways to look after your mental health. Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well being and an underlying belief in our own, and other’s dignity and worth. We can look after our mental health in so many different ways such as: Talking about your feelings, this can help you to cope with your problems. Being listened to can help you feel supported and not alone. Eating well, there are strong links between what we eat and how we feel, eat at least 3 meals each day and drink plenty of water. Keeping in touch with family and friends, spend time developing your relationship with your family and friends or join a group this will help you feel connected. Being active, participating in regular activity such as walking in the fresh air, gardening or any other exercise can release chemicals in your brain, which makes you feel good; it can boost your self esteem. Developing a skill can give you a sense of achievement. Doing something you are good at, something you can lose yourself in, so there is no room in your head for worries. Accept who you are, we are all different and all unique, accepting who you are increases your confidence and self esteem. Take time to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. If you would like to talk to someone about mental health, Harmless run regular drop in sessions where you can meet with one of our trained therapists. The next sessions are as follows: Young person drop-in or those aged 21 years and under: Wednesday 21st October between 11am and 12pm. Adult drop-in for those aged 18 and over: Wednesday 28th October, between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
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Taking Care of your Mental Health Posted on October 8, 2015 by Jack It is Nottingham Mental health Awareness weeks and we want to share with you ways to look after your mental health. Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointme…
In the News: When Your Family or Friends Need Therapy- But Are Reluctant to Go It takes an act of courage for most people to consider getting psychotherapy, especially when they see portrayals of it on television or in movies. Sometimes it seems mysterious and confusing. People often have concerns: How will therapy help me? Will I have to commit to a long course of expensive treatment? Should I take medication instead? Will my therapist judge me or try to control me? Will I have to talk about childhood issues? Will I have to expose my vulnerabilities? Your family member or friend needing therapy may predict that therapy will lead to their feeling worse, not better. If so, it’s no wonder you’ve been met with resistance when you bring it up. But here are some things you might ask them to consider: The effectiveness of some kinds of therapy have been measured in hundreds, if not thousands, of research studies. There are major differences between traditional psychotherapy, with little evidence of efficacy, and new psychotherapies that have been developed over the past fifty years. Traditional psychotherapy puts a heavy emphasis on childhood experiences and aims to help clients gain insight. Evidence-based treatments, on the other hand, deal with the problems clients have today and aim to help clients reduce their symptoms and stay better. Clients’ mood and behavior are usually assessed at every session to make sure they are making progress. When people are considering treatment, they don’t need to make a major commitment. They can try therapy for just a few sessions and then decide whether their therapist is a good match and whether the treatment makes sense. There is no big risk. If they think nothing can help, they should view therapy as an experiment. This prediction may be 100% right or 100% wrong or some place in between. It would be a shame if they decided not to try something that could really make a difference in their life. They should express their concerns to their therapist, who should invite their skepticism, not criticize them for it. Good therapists want to know about clients’ doubts so they can figure out together whether the treatment is right for them. If finances are a problem, people can seek out low-cost options. Some agencies have sliding scales. It’s helpful to view therapy as an investment in a better life. Finally, you may be able to engage your family member in a discussion by asking, “What’s the worst that could happen if you give therapy a try?” Offering to set up the appointment for them or going with them to the first session may make the difference between their getting help or not. And when they do go, praise them for their courage. For the full article, please visit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judith-s-beck-phd/when-your-family-or-friends-need-therapy—-but-are-reluctant-to-go_b_8134742.html
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In the News: When Your Family or Friends Need Therapy- But Are Reluctant to Go Posted on October 8, 2015 by Jack It takes an act of courage for most people to consider getting psychotherapy, especially when they see portrayals of it on television or in movies. Sometimes it seems mysterious and confu…
Harmless Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016. Now inviting submissions for contributors Launching our first national conference examining effective service provision and practice for people that self harm: current thinking and implications for practice. We are now inviting submissions for session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and also for speakers during the conference, please see below for details. The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October. Tuesday 1st March 2016 Nottingham Conference Centre 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: Over 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. 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. We are now inviting submissions for both session proposals to be considered for inclusion in the afternoon workshop conference programme, and for speakers during the conference. The final deadline for submissions is 17:00 on Monday 26th October. All workshops will be an hour in length. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for our conference, please register your interest at email@example.com, or by calling us on 0115 934 8445. Event details: The theme of this year’s conference is empowering communities through collaboration; recognising that reducing the number of individuals who self harm requires contributions from across society and includes education, prevention, intervention and postvention work. This event will bring together private, public, voluntary and community sector organisations, individuals with lived experience of self harm, professionals and practitioners in self harm prevention. Guidance for session proposals: The conference is themed around five areas; Collaborative partnership, service user representation, effective practice, driving change & overcoming stigma and discrimination. Proposals put forward must relate to at least one of these areas. Subjects for each area are noted but proposals do not need to be limited to these subjects. Sessions can include presentations of services, projects or activities, presentations of academic research or hosted discussions. Additional Information: All proposals received will be reviewed by a panel of Harmless members which will agree on the final programme of sessions. As there are only a limited number of slots available, we regret that it may not be possible to accommodate all proposals received. Session proposals will be assessed against the following criteria Proposals must: Demonstrate some evidence-base and where appropriate, show that services, models of working or projects have undergone an evaluation. Demonstrate good practice, Set out ways in which other individuals or organisations can potentially adapt or learn from your work or set out how learning from your work can benefit others and their service users, Demonstrate collaborative working. Sessions should have at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion and be interactive wherever possible. Where can I find more information? For more information about our ‘From Harm to Hope’ Conference or to book tickets, please contact Harmless using the following details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0115 934 8445
Harmless Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016. Now inviting submissions for...
Harmless Conference: From Harm to Hope. Tuesday 1st March 2016. Now inviting submissions for contributors Posted on October 6, 2015 by Jack Launching our first national conference examining effective service provision and practice for people that self harm: current thinking and implications for prac…
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It is Nottingham Mental health Awareness weeks and we want to share with you ways to look after your mental health. Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and...
It takes an act of courage for most people to consider getting psychotherapy, especially when they see portrayals of it on television or in movies. Sometimes it seems mysterious and confusing. People often have concerns: How will therap...
Launching our first national conference examining effective service provision and practice for people that self harm: current thinking and implications for practice. We are now inviting submissions for session proposals to be consi...
On Friday, Harmless and The Tomorrow Project hosted their annual evening of celebration at the Hilton Hotel in Nottingham. The purpose of the event was to celebrate our achievements, excellent work and commitment to the field of self harm...