Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007. It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals. Harmless has 3 Directors:
Caroline Harroe is a cofounder of Harmless and one of its Directors. Working as the service's Manager, she is also a qualified humanistic and CBT psychotherapist, delivering direct therapeutic help to people that self harm. Caroline overcame her own substantial experience of self harm and after many years of accessing mental health services, now dedicates her time to improving services for those that self harm. She is studying towards her PHd in Psychology and is involved in a significant number of National projects to improve services and overcome stigma for those that self harm. A passionate public speaker and independent accredited CPD trainer in the field of self harm and mental health Caroline speaks broadly about self harm in both an academic sector and user forum.
Amy Harroe co-founded Harmless and established the service in 2007, since that time remaining a service Director and working as part of the Management team as a strategic driver. Amy is responsible for maintaining the service focus and design, driving new projects to ensure that Harmless is representative, well-designed and sustainable. Amy experienced her own mental health difficulties and overcame these and uses this insight to support her work and passion for the subject area. She is involved in local and national initiatives that will both drive change for people that self harm on an academic and campaign level.
Heather Williams has overcome her battle with self harm. She first came into contact with members of the Harmless Team looking for support and is now in a position where she can offer the same help to others. She works as a Child Practitioner after recently graduating with a degree in Children's Studies. She enjoys playing rugby, and being with friends.
Adrienne Grove joined the Harmless team as a Project Worker and Clinical Coordinator. Adrienne is a qualified counsellor, and has a good understanding of self harm and distress. She is excited to join the team and is enjoying her new role.
Naomi Stewart joined Harmless as a Sessional Counsellor. She has experience of working with the effects of trauma, anxiety and depression and is committed to providing therapeutic support to people in the community. She is enjoying the diversity of experience gained working within Harmless.
Darren Whelband is part of the admin team. He is very happy to have joined Harmless and excited to be part of such a wonderful organisation. He is currently a student at Nottingham Trent University studying Business Management and enjoys music and spending time with his friends and family.
Harmless also has an advisory group, comprised of people who have personal and professional experience of self harm. The advisory group is consulted about developments with Harmless, and help us to develop a service that is responsive to what people need. Our key belief is in giving you a voice! We aim to have a fair representation of individuals from all backgrounds on the advisory group.