Harmless began in October 2007, with Caroline and Amy hoping to turn a dream of a hopeful and positive service into reality. They began with nothing, and spent hours and hours trying to build up the service. The sound model and sensitive approach meant that the service was lucky to quite quickly generate interest and support, and secured the first pot of money from the Big Lottery's Awards for All programme, and were given support from the Women4Women project. This is over ten years ago.
The Influence in the Sector
Harmless and it’s staff now sit on many local and national steering groups across the UK including Suicide Prevention Steering Groups both locally and nationally. We hold an elected position to the National Suicide Prevention Group and The National Suicide Prevention Advisory Group to Government.
We have worked on many large research projects such as steering group member The ‘Listen-Up!’ Project: Understanding and helping looked-after young people who self-harm and theCLAHRC-EM e-dash study.
We are a member of The All Part Parliamentary Group for Self Harm and Suicide Prevention, Topic Expert Group: Suicide Bereavement, The Alliance of Suicide Charities and Support After Suicide Partnership.
We believe that we have a responsibility to drive policy changes and service delivery across the UK in order to bring about a safer future for the people that we help.