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Mental Health in Football – A Team Approach:

Aimed at football coaches, sports teachers, volunteers, safeguarding leads … This 3 hr specialist course is aimed at helping you identify, understand and support mental health problems in football and also to acknowledge the role football can have in both contributing to and protecting against mental health problems.

For more information, please contact training’harm-ed.co.uk


Children and Young People who self-harm courses in Burnley

Harm-ed are delivering our ‘children and young people who self-harm’ course in Burnley on the 14th September and 8th October 2018 from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm. Individual applicants are welcome to apply and the cost per place has been reduced to £85 per head. If this is of interest to you, please email cyp@harm-ed.co.uk to request a booking form.


Northern Ireland

Following the success of our recent ‘understanding and responding to self-harm’ courses in Belfast. We are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to offer our ‘in-house’ training within all areas of Northern Ireland. If you feel this may be of interest to your service, please email us on training@harm-ed.co.uk



Free ‘children and young people who self-harm’ course for cyp workforce in Lancashire

Camhs Transformation Board are funding free ‘children and young people who self-harm’ courses for cyp workforce in Lancashire. Dates and venues for March and April 2017 are now confirmed so, if interested, please email camhs@harm-ed.co.uk.


CCG funded ‘children and young people who self-harm’ courses.

If you support children or young people within the boundaries of East Lancs or Blackburn with Darwen then please note that we have been commissioned to deliver another series of ‘children and young people who self-harm’ courses. These courses are funded by the local CCG so are free to access provided you meet the eligibility criteria. If you would like further information and a booking form then please email us at ccg@harm-ed.co.uk.


Regan Metcalfe R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that I am letting you know of the recent passing of a friend and colleague, Regan Metcalfe. Regan first joined the Harm-ed team over three years ago as one of our trainers and anyone who knew her will know just how passionate she was about the work she did and how she used her experiences of growing up in the Care system to bring about positive change. Regan was someone who faced her battles head on and embraced life to the full and her energy, warmth, enthusiasm and pure uniqueness will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Regan in the knowledge that you made a difference xx


Training Opportunity East Lancs and Blackburn with Darwen

Following on from the success of the series of ‘children and young people who self-harm’ courses we recently  delivered on behalf of Lancashire County Council. We have now been commissioned by NHS East Lancs and Blackburn with Darwen clinical commissioning groups to deliver the same course across their boundaries. If you are interested in accessing a place then full details of dates/venues and how to apply can be obtained by emailing us at ccg@harm-ed.co.uk.


‘Who’s challenging who’ research study looking for people with a learning disability to help co-deliver training.

Hi from Leisa at the Harm-ed team

I’m currently working on a research project at Warwick university called who’s challenging who? The project is being led by Professor Richard Hastings and aims to measure the impact of a training intervention on changing attitudes towards people with behavior that challenges services. Secondary measures include staff burn out and reductions in restrictive interventions.

I am looking for people with a learning disability who have been labelled as having behaviour that challenges services (regardless of cause) either currently or historically to help me deliver this training. Ideally I would like to talk to people who:

* have experienced services for people with behaviour that challenges and been subject to restrictive practices: restraint, medication use, restricted access to ordinary community facilities.
* have experiences of services where the support they received increased their challenging behaviour and/or caused further problems/emotional distress etc.
* are able and willing to communicate their experiences and work as a co trainer with support.

If anybody knows anybody who they think may want to take part could they  email me on l.richards.1@warwick.ac.uk or at leisa@harm-ed.co.uk

Many thanks



‘Who’s Challenging Who’ Research Study

Congratulations to Leisa, a key member of our team. Leisa has been invited to join the ‘Who’s Challenging Who’ research team. The project is aimed at improving ‘challenging behaviour’ services for people with a learning disability and the second stage of the study will be to examine the impact of a training programme aimed at developing staff attitudes and increasing empathy instead of teaching behaviour modification skills. The study is headed by Professor Richard Hasting who is a leading name in the field of learning disability.
The training package will be co-delivered with a trainer who has a learning disability and, once evaluated, it is hoped that the training will eventually be rolled out nationally. Leisa will still be available to deliver training with harm-ed during this time!


Proud to introduce Leisa!

We have another new addition to our team of specialist trainers! We are very proud to introduce Leisa, whose areas of expertise are in self harm, mental health, autism and personality disorders, particularly relating to people with learning disabilities. You can  view Leisa’s profile under  ‘The Team’ heading on our Home page.