Trudy Williams, Author at Mental Health & Wellbeing Show

CPD Points Available for our Big Event on Thursday!

A big thank you to everyone who has already joined us this week for our Monday and Tuesday sessions for Mental Health and Wellbeing Online – it has been an amazing start to the week and we can’t wait for the next two days ahead!

Our Thursday event has recently been CPD accredited, meaning anybody who buys one of our £12 tickets will also receive a free CPD certificate for their professional development folder. 

For just £12, you also get a full day of fantastic speakers running from 9am – 3pm, including speakers from 5 different countries and a wide range of topics and specialties.

Take a look at the amazing lineup below!  

Tickets for both the FREE events and the MAIN EVENT can both be ordered via this link. 

9:00am: Betty Ann Kitchener (AM) – The history of the MHFA Program – it all started with a dog walk

10.00am: Steve Carr- Emotional Recovery after Experiencing a Crisis

11.00am: Mark Williams – Father’s Mental Health

11.40pm: Lloyd Ashley – “We all need to know our toolkit"

12.10pm: Tolouse Dove Francis – ‘Option B: Finding Joy in spite of"

1.00pm: Sue Worrall -Nutrition

2.00pm: Anil Gupta – The Happiness Formula

Not only will you receive a CPD certificate and a day full of inspirational talks, real-life stories and opportunities for Q&A – you will also be doanting to 3 amazing local charities at the same time! 

A percentage of our ticket sales is being donated to charities based in Wales so that they can continue to provide their excellent services and support to those in need. 

Or charities are: 

2 Wish Upon A Star

Caerau Men’s Shed 

Bullies Out

Please join us on Thursday for what is set to be a huge day for mental health and wellbeing – from the comfort of your home!

 

To book a free ticket for tomorrow’s session, or to buy a £12 ticket for the Thursday, you can easily book on Eventbrite here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-wellbeing-show-online-tickets-103313425236

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the office on 02922 400382 or email events@ajuda.org.uk

The MHW Show is going virtual for 2020!

Despite the ongoing situation of COVID-19, it’s important that people across the world feel connected, engaged and busy during this period of uncertainty. The MHW Show team recognise the importance of this, and we have decided to organise a new virtual conference to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week which starts on 18th May! 

Our new event: Mental Health & Wellbeing ONLINE will begin on the 18th May and run until 21st May, with lots on offer from the comfort of your living room!

From 10am – 12pm on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May we will be running FREE online conference sessions featuring a range of speakers, with a partner charity selected every day.

On Thursday 21st, we will be running a six-hour conference from 9am – 3pm with a fantastic line-up of mental health experts for just £12 per ticket! (A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to our three featured charities from earlier in the week)

Tickets for both the FREE events and the MAIN EVENT can both be ordered via this link. 

 

Monday 18th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Samira Mohammed Ali – The Kindness Wheel and Breathing Exercises

Chris Kingsbury – Introducing the access to work mental health support service

Charlotte Hopkins – What’s Co-occurring? The Unexpected Wellbeing Harms Impacting Your Team

Rhian Mannings MBE– Supporting suddenly bereaved families

 

Tuesday 19th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Julian John – Positive About Potential

Dr Bridget Kirsopp – Can You Be Logical About Kindness?

Gwen Goddard – Kindness When It’s Difficult 

Phil Davies – Men’s Shed UK

 

Wednesday 20th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Mark Colbourne MBE – “I Know I Made a Difference”

Jennifer Barnfield – The PEPP Talk

Emily Nuttall – Mental Health First Aid

Linda James – Be Kind or Be Quiet

 

Thursday 21st May – 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

Betty Ann Kitchener (AM) – The History of the MHFA Program – it all started with a dog walk

Steve Carr – Emotional Recovery after Experiencing a Crisis 

Mark Williams – The Importance of Father’s Mental Health

Lloyd Ashley – “We all need to know our toolkit”

Tolouse Dove Francis – ‘Option B: Finding Joy in spite of”

Sue Worrall – Nutrition

Anil Gupta – The Happiness Formula

To book a free ticket for the Monday to Wednesday sessions, or to buy a £12 ticket for the Thursday, you can easily book on Eventbrite here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-wellbeing-show-online-tickets-103313425236

Mental Health Awareness Week: How to Spread Kindness in Your Own Way

The organisers of the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Week have revealed a new theme for the week based on current events. The new focus is on “Kindness” as the theme for 18th to 24th May.

During the extreme times of the Coronavirus outbreak the world has seen fantastic displays of kindness from so many people, all doing little things in their own ways to support people struggling due to the outbreak. During stressful situations such as this, it is so refreshing to see community spirit and basic human kindness coming to light.

Not all kindness needs to be bold acts of heroism or a big donation of some sorts. Most kindness is spread from the small actions we can share with those around us.

With help from the amazing organisation, the Mental Health Foundation, we have a list below of some lovely ways you can spread kindness:

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Send an interesting article to a friend
  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
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  • Spend time playing with your pet
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Donate to a charity
  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  • Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours
  • Offer to send someone a takeaway or a meal

All of these mentioned above are great and easy ways of introducing little moments of kindness into your daily routine. But, if during the coronavirus outbreak you would like to dedicate your spare time to spreading lots of kindness to strangers, there are great ways of doing so in your local area.

  •         Join a local support group
  •         Volunteer to support lonely people
  •         Sing up for the GoodSam App for opportunities in your local area https://www.goodsamapp.org/home
  •         Offer to keep elderly people company over the phone
  •         Offer to deliver food for vulnerable people.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are doing any of these tasks you will need to adhere to the following safety advice:

  1. Only volunteer if you feel well enough and are not shielding, self-isolating or in a high-risk group. 
  2. Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
  3. Stay at least two metres – about three steps – away from people you’re helping.
  4. If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
  5. Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
  6. Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
  7. Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
  8. Don’t take on too much – it’s often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.

ANNOUNCEMENT: MHW Show to be Postponed

Due to the current escalation of the COVID-19 virus, and the unpredictability faced in the next few months, we regret to inform you that the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show is being postponed for a year.

The new date of the event is 20th May 2021 in Cardiff City Stadium.

This decision from the organizing team was not taken lightly, however our duty of care to our visitors, speakers, exhibitors and staff is our utmost priority in this situation. We want to ensure that every single participant of our event feels safe and able to attend the event regardless of their age or level of health.

Holding back the event for a whole year will ensure we can provide an event to the size and scale we strive for, while also not compromising the overall experience for our customers.

Please hold on to your free entry tickets, as they will still be valid for the 2021 event.

On a positive note, we are still hoping our October Talking Mental Health Conference will be able to go ahead, and as a goodwill gesture we would like to offer all attendees of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show a £30 discount to attend the October event.

Discounted Ticket Link Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-mental-health-national-conference-2020-tickets-80017104313?discount=MHW20

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for your continued support, and we look forward to bringing you our exciting events at a more stable time.

Best wishes,

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show Team

More Exhibitors Join the MHW Show Expo!

At the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show in May, you’ll have the opportunity to meet over 50 organisations in our exhibition providing advice, support and resources on the day.

Every week we are having new exciting organisations join our exhibitor list. We have a range of charities, training companies, services, resources, initiatives and associations already booked and looking forward to meeting you all.

To visit the exhibition area is completely free, and will be open from 9am – 4pm for visitors. 

Take a look below at some of the latest exhibitors to book their space at the show!

Interested in exhibiting?

If you are involved in mental health & wellbeing, our exhibition may be the perfect place to raise awareness and advertise your organisation to thousands of visitors on May 21st! 

To find out more about exhibiting, please download our exhibitor guide here. If you would like to go ahead and book, our paper booking form can be filled out and returned to events@ajuda.org.uk 

Tempo Time Credits Partner with MHW Show!

To provide the opportunity for more people to access our seminars at an even more affordable rate, we have partnered with Tempo Time credits to provide free seminar spaces in exchange for volunteering hours in an exciting scheme.

As their website explains: “Time Credits are a way of recognising the amazing things people do in their communities. If you’re in an area where we work, through giving time to your community you can earn Time Credits – which you can spend on hundreds of activities across our national network.

Everyone’s time is worth the same with Time Credits, and as well as spending them yourself you can take friends or family with you or give them some of your Time Credits to spend themselves.”

If you would like to save money on your attendance at the show, volunteering is a great way of earning those credits. Also, it’s a great way of helping out the local community and meeting new people!

Places near Cardiff where you can earn credits:

View the full list here

  • Keep Grangetown Tidy
  • Repair Cafe Cathays & Repair Cafe Splott
  • Global Gardens in Roath
  • Techniquest in Cardiff Bay
  • Promo Cymru
  • Breakfast Clubs (Various Locations) 
  • Friends of Rhiwbina Library
  • Vale of Glamorgan Housing

Each activity is worth a different amount of time credits, which can be seen on the website. Tasks range from customer service, cleaning, administration work, gardening and more.  

For every 1 credit earned, you can select one of our seminars at the show – so you could attend a day full of seminars for just 5 credits!

View our full list of seminars and speakers here.

To spend these credits, email bencook@wearetempo.org to select your seminars, and we can easily get you booked in! 

Five reasons the MHW Show should NOT BE MISSED!

There’s so much on offer on the day for all individuals and professionals who work within the mental health sector, or deal with people who may suffer from mental illness.

We also have lots on offer for those interested in general wellbeing such as nutrition, fitness and holistic approaches. Take a look at our seminars here to see what suits you!

Below, we’ve highlighted five of the top reasons you need to make sure you’re with us on the 20th May 2021!

1. Over 25 Mental Health & Wellbeing Topics On Offer

Our seminar schedule features a selection of inspiring and informative sessions on a range of topics including:

  • School/Youth Mental Health
  • Employee Wellbeing
  • Real-life Recovery Stories
  • Improving General Wellbeing
  • Alternative Therapies
  • SEN and Inclusion
  • Accessing Support

View all seminars here.

2. Free To Browse Exhibition With 50+ Exhibitors!

We have a range of charities, training companies, housing associations, nursing services, school resources, support centres, research teams and much more at the event who want to meet you all!

View full exhibitor list here.

3. Gain knowledge, skills and confidence to manage issues

Whether you are an individual looking to improve your own wellbeing and mental health, or you work within an organisation hoping to improve awareness and skills – there’s something for you at the show!

Both the exhibition and seminars will provide a variety of resources, ideas, tips and advice you can take away and adapt to your own life.

4. Meet and network with like-minded people.

There will be a great variety of different visitors at the show from a range of professions and job roles, all passionate about mental health & wellbeing. In the event area we will have coffee and cafe areas where people can meet and chat about what’s important to them about the day.

It could be a great opportunity to meet people with the same interests as you and create some fruitful partnerships!

5. Be part of a new and special event. 

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show is a new event in Wales, and we have received such an amazing response already! 

Come along and be part of our very special day for mental health & wellbeing! 

If you would like to book, please click on the button below to go to our Eventbrite tickets page – it’s really easy to order!

If you would like to discuss bringing along a group of people such as work staff or friends, please get in touch with Trudy on events@ajuda.org.uk to discuss further!

Less than a month to save money on our early-bird deal!

With just over 3 weeks to go until our early-bird discount offer ends, you have limited time left to save some money on your seminar tickets or exhibition space at the show on 21st May 2020! 

Seminar tickets are already selling very quickly, with many of our most popular sessions already filling up! You can view our seminar schedule here. 

Our seminar tickets will increase to £12 each after 28th February, meaning you could save lots of money if you are planning on bringing a large group of people along with you on the day. Group discounts can also be arranged for groups of 10 or more people. 

Some exhibitor stands will increase by over £100 after February, so if you wanted to join us at the exhibition it’s important to get your booking in ASAP!

Our most popular seminars:

Survival tips for anxiety and depression
Rachel Kingsbury

PTSD – The fall and rise
Carl Jones

Surviving Sudden Bereavement and Recovery
Rhian Mannings

Autism and mental health: barriers to being well
Mair Elliott

Lead Well – Steps to wellbeing in education
Kelly Hannaghan and Kate O’Connor

Exhibitor stands prices will increase as follows:

Banner Only:
 
Table Top Stand:  

Table Top + item in visitor bag:

2x2m Shell Scheme Stand: 

2x2m Shell Scheme + half page advert: 

4x2m Shell Scheme Stand:

4x2m Shell Scheme + half page advert: 

4x2m Shell Scheme + full page advert:

Now           After

£100                   £150

£499                   £549

£599                   £649

£799                   £849

£899                   £949

£999                 £1,049

£1,100              £1,149

£1,200              £1,249

If you would like to book an exhibition space, please download our booking form here and email over to events@ajuda.org.uk 

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the office on 02922 400382 or email events@ajuda.org.uk

Children’s Mental Health Week – Finding Your Brave!

This week (3rd-9th February 2020) is Children’s Mental Health Week – a hugely important week for encouraging positive mental health within schools, youth settings and at home to ensure the children in our society are happy and mentally healthy. 

Organised by Place2Be, the week has been running since 2015, and since then they have focused on a range of themes related to children and young people’s mental health.

The theme for 2020 is “Find Your Brave” which is designed to encourage young people to consider things that push them out of their comfort zone in a positive and constructive way.  On the Children’s Mental Health Week website, they also provide some great ideas on ways that adults who deal with young people can encourage these discussions in their settings. 

Looking for activities or conversations you can use in your setting to encourage thinking about bravery? Here’s some ideas below: 

Conversation Starters

Encouraging young people to consider what bravery means to them is a great start, as everybody’s understanding of bravery is different. Here are some ways to get started: 

1. Remind them that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes, and that what they consider brave may be very different for somebody else. 

2.  Open up about a time when you have needed to Find Your Brave in a situation, to encourage them to consider their own bravery. 

3. Find and highlight moments from films, books or TV where characters have needed to be brave. 

4. Praise them for times when they have been brave such as trying a new activity or not giving up on difficult school-work. 

5. Reassure them that nobody has to be brave all the time, and that it is okay sometimes to not be brave if it is very difficult. 

Ideas for Schools 

A Writing Task – encourage your pupils to spend a moment with pen and paper and write about times when they felt like they were brave, this activity could lead on from there and you could perhaps ask some of the students if they would like to share this with the class.  

Show and Tell – once they have had time to consider, you could make a Show and Tell occasion of it and invite some of the class to share their written stories with the class. For some pupils, this could be their own way of Finding Their Brave if they are usually a nervous speaker in class. 

Reading Time – the Children’s Mental Health Week website contains a list of some good reading materials that you could read with the class. Depending on the age of your class, these books could vary greatly, but below are some examples for varied ages.

Infants: The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright

Juniors: The Huge Bag of Worries – Virginia Ironside

Secondary: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Group Activities – to further the conversation and encourage your class to feel more comfortable talking about feelings and emotions, you could open it up into a group activity where groups of children can brainstorm brave actions and what makes them feel brave. If you have already done the reading activity, you could ask them to base their thoughts on this.  

Do you have any other ideas you have used this week to encourage young people to talk about Finding Their Brave? Please share with us and we can add it to our blog!

At the show in May, we will have a variety of sessions focusing on youth and student wellbeing including:

Managing Major Trauma in Schools with Stef Etherington

Lead Well – Steps to wellbeing in education with Kate O’Connor & Kelly Hannaghan

Survival tips for anxiety and depression with Rachel Kingsbury

Self Injury Myths – Wedge

You can read more about all of our seminars here.

Time to change, Time To Talk

These days it’s reported that around 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems. That is a good enough reason to aim to end the stigma around it to help people feel less alone. Join us and support Time To Talk Day on 6th February 2020. Help us fight the discrimination of people touched by mental illness!

What it is all about?

This day was created by Time to Change to raise awareness about the mental health problems and help to end the stigma around this topic. Many people claim that that stigma and discrimination are as damaging, or more damaging, than the symptoms of their mental health problem.

This year Time to Change use the ‘Would you rather?’ game to spread the importance of conversations about the mental health. By getting people talk about it we can help break down stereotypes connected with the issue that affects us all. This day is a perfect opportunity to gather around your family and friends and encourage them to talk about their problems.

How can you help?

Did you ever think that chatting with a person who suffers from a mental illness can actually save a life? If not, it is time for you to do something about it because you can change someone’s life with a short conversation. Just be there for them. Let them talk and you just listen to them.

It is often the thing that they need the most to feel valued and cared about. They need you to listen to them and not to rush them. Let them finish. Then ask some additional question to better understand how they are feeling. Help them get rid off the burden they were carrying for this whole time.

After having a conversation, try to signpost them to the closest organisation which can help them. There are some examples of support services:

• Call 116 123 free helpline – open 24/7
• Email jo@samaritans.org – with response time of 24 hours
• Go to the NHS website to find the nearest Mental Health Support Service https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Mental%20health%20support/LocationSearch/330
• In more serious/dangerous cases make sure that they go to their GP

Ajuda for mental health

The topic of mental health is extremely important for Ajuda, as we focus on educating people to save lives. You can save lives not only by helping people with their physical problems but most importantly you can save lives by talking with people and listening to them. This way you can help them with more complicated psychological issues.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show was created with the main goal to highlight the importance of the mental health and to increase the awareness about it so that people can better support others suffering with a mental illness. We hope that our selection of seminars provide a wide variety of topics for our visitors to learn more about, and we’re so pleased with the great selection of exhibitors we have visiting on the day.

Make a change and contribute to Time To Talk Day. Encourage your colleagues, family and friends to talk more about mental health Maybe it is a good occasion to buy them a ticket for one
of our seminars?

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