Conference Update – Announcing Our Guest Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Harmless is pleased to announce our finalised line-up of speakers and workshop leaders at the forthcoming National Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Conference 2024.


  • Verity Mallion (Department of Health & Social Care)  England’s National Suicide Prevention Strategy

  • Caroline Harroe & Laura Hughes (Harmless & The Tomorrow Project) • Leading the Way in Integrated Self Harm and Suicide Prevention

  • Dr Cathryn Rodway (NCISH / University of Manchester) • Suicide and Self Harm in Young People: What the Research Tells Us

  • Dr Sarah Cassidy (University of Nottingham) Autism-Adapted Safety Planning

  • Dr Pauline Turnbull (NCISH / University of Manchester) • Ethnicity and Suicide Prevention: What Do We Know and What Can We Do Better?


  • Dr Sarah Cassidy (University of Nottingham) • Autism-Adapted Safety Planning

  • Darren Fox & Claire Dixon (Harmless & The Tomorrow Project) • Workplace Wellbeing in Self Harm and Suicide-Facing Services

  • Rachael-Louise Stonard (University of Derby) • Trauma

  • Lisa Carter (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) • Perinatal Mental Health

  • Pam Burrows (The People Booster) • Navigating Workplace Stress and Building a Culture of Team Wellbeing

  • Andrea Cockram (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) • Personality Disorder Diagnosis and Intervention
  • Dr Joanna Lockwood (University of Nottingham) • Self Harm in Children and Young People: The CaTS-App
  • Laura Hughes & Sydney Cooke (Harmless & The Tomorrow Project) • Effective Suicide Intervention Skills

This will be the 9th conference hosted by Harmless as part of Self Harm Awareness Day. Featuring a range of expert speakers and leading academics, delegates from across the sector join together for an engaging day of specialist and evidence-based content. Fully CPD-accredited, the conference delivers knowledge and practical solutions for implementation in real-life situations, as well as the chance to network and share experiences.

Our theme for 2024 is Competing Demands Must Not Divide Us: The Future of Self Harm and Suicide Prevention. As at previous events, our strategic focus will be on:

  • Collaborative Partnership
  • Service-User Representation
  • Effective Practice
  • Driving Change
  • Overcoming Stigma and Discrimination

The conference format includes plenary presentations and a series of breakout workshops. After a hugely successful 2023 conference, we are delighted to be returning to Trent Conference Centre, Nottingham’s leading independent events venue. Delegates unable to attend in person can also participate via a live stream.

The Conference takes place on Friday 1st March 9am – 5pm
Venue: Trent Conference Centre, Trent Vineyard, Nottingham NG7 2PX

You can find further information and book tickets here.

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