Trudy Williams, Author at Mental Health & Wellbeing Show

Important Mental Health Dates For Your Diaries!

The MHW Show team are continuously trying to create and develop new and exciting learning opportunities for our great followers and supporters.

Our most recent MHW Online events have been a fantastic success and we are so pleased that so many mental health professionals got involved!

We’ve planned some more upcoming events suitable for anybody working within or dealing with mental health and wellbeing in their daily lives. Read below to learn more!

Click on the images below to visit their Eventrbite page with further details and tickets!

Our Talking Mental Health Conference is planned for 8th & 9th October and will include two full days of inspiring, informative and valuable talks around Mental Health & Wellbeing. More details to follow soon!

Postponed from 2020, we are looking forward to bringing you our big live event in Cardiff City Stadium on the 20th May 2021! This event includes over 30 seminars and an exhibition of over 40 organisations, charities and businesses.

The next installment of our free MHW Online events will take place on the 27th August and will focus on Youth Mental Health – suitable for teachers, parents and anybody working with young people!

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we are holding a special event covering suicide prevention including some amazing charities and also some real-life experiences

Please keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media pages for further information about these events, including speakers, seminar topics and other key bits of information.

We hope you can join us for our very beneficial Mental Health & Wellbeing Events.

Adult Mental Health Online Conference Announced for July!

Our Youth Mental Health online event had a fantastic response, with almost 300 attendees joining us for a morning of short talks around mental health & wellbeing. For July, we have decided to hold a similar event but focusing on Adult Mental Health instead!

On Thursday July 30th from 10am – 12pm, we will be holding a Zoom event focusing on Adult Mental Health, including topics such as improving emotional wellbeing, supporting autistic workers and creating a talking culture in your workplace.

Tickets are completely free, with amazing speakers presenting on the day.

Speakers include:

Melissa Curran – The Canary Concept 
Gareth Tarrant – Autism and Employment
Rachelle Bright – Time to Change Wales 

All sessions will also include the opportunity for some Q&A to further develop knowledge. 

Suitable for: 

  • Adult Services Staff
  • Wellbeing Leads
  • Employers/Managers
  • GPs
  • NHS Staff
  • Mental Health Trainers or Specialists
  • Housing Associations
  • Counsellors
  • Charities
  • Support and Care Workers
  • Police Services
  • Spiritual and Holistic Therapists
    and many more!

For more information on any of our upcoming events including our October Online Conference and our LIVE event in Cardiff on May 20th 2021, please get in contact with our events team on 02920 576883 or email

We are always looking for more speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, so please get in touch for any of these queries! 

Samaritans Awareness Month – Talk To Us

At the MHW Show, our main goal is connect people together to discuss improving mental health, and also to signpost individuals and organisations to the correct support and services for them. 

In our events and blogs, we like to shed light on as many fantastic organisations as we possibly can, as well as letting people know how these organisations can support them. 

This month is Samaritans Awareness Month, so we’re dedicating a blog to this fantastic service which has saved the lives of so so many people. 

Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener. Throughout July, Samaritans branches are also holding events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities.

Visit your local branch website to see what they’re doing during Talk To Us.

24th July is 24/7 Samaritans Awareness Day, so get involved in the worthwhile cause of raising awareness for the important work that The Samaritans carry out.

Find out what your local branch is doing during Talk To Us.

You can also get involved in Samaritans Awareness Day on Twitter using the hashtag #SamaritansAwarenessDay

Over 65 years of being there for anyone who needs someone.

Although not a religious organisation, Samaritans was founded by a vicar called Chad Varah, in 1953 in London. Throughout his career Chad had offered counselling to his parishioners, and wanted to do something more specific to help people contemplating suicide.

On 2nd November 1953, Chad Varah, a vicar and writer-cartoonist, answered the first ever call to a brand new helpline for people contemplating suicide.

But back then, Samaritans was a far cry from the organisation of 20,000 volunteers it is now.

In Chad’s own words, the service was just ‘a man willing to listen, with a base and an emergency telephone’.

Opening the Samaritans helpline

For many years, Chad would work all day and stay up until 2am or 3am writing scripts and cartoons to make ends meet. In his own words, his church stipend was only enough to pay Vivan Prosser, his secretary .

But, in the summer of 1953, Chad was offered charge of the parish of St Stephen in the City of London, a post which gave him the time he needed to launch what he called a ‘999 for the suicidal’.

On 2nd November 1953, with Vivan’s help, Chad started taking calls. This date is recognised as Samaritans’ official birthday.

Coining the name

Chad knew the service would only work if people knew about it. Luckily, his work writing and illustrating articles for children’s comics meant he had contacts at many national newspapers.

In December 1953, just a month after launching, the Daily Mirror coined the phrase, ‘Telephone Good Samaritan’. Although Samaritans is not a religious organisation, the name stuck and word spread far and wide.

Chad and Vivan received calls from people who needed support on the phone and face to face, and from many, many people who wanted to volunteer.

From one to 200 branches

When Samaritans first launched it was a London-based service. But the publicity created a lot of interest elsewhere in the UK.

Several more Samaritans centres were set up in the following years – the second being Samaritans in Edinburgh, which took its first call on 1st June 1959.

Today, we have over 20,000 volunteers and 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland. And every six seconds, a Samaritan responds to a call for help. Our 24-hour listening service has come to be what Chad first envisioned – and more.

In 2017, we reached more than half a million people through our work in local communities. And we’re working in schools, prisons, hospitals and communities, and have a long-running partnership with Network Rail to reduce suicides on the railways.

The Future – an online world

As the world changes, we’re investing in new technologies to make sure we can reach the people who need us.

For example, we’re developing an Instant Messaging service, for callers who prefer to contact us in that way, and have established groundbreaking partnerships with Google and Facebook.

Find out how you can Support Us

See lots of our online speakers live in Cardiff!

We have had an absolutely amazing response to our ongoing online events, but did you know lots of our great speakers can be seen LIVE in Cardiff on May 20th 2021?

Our online events are a great taster of what is to come next year at Cardiff City Stadium, with a packed programme of over 30 seminars on the day and a fantastic exhibition. At the show in May all speakers will have 45 minute presentations so you an see more of your favourite speakers!

Below you can see a selection of speakers who will be returning for 2021!

Samira Mohammed Ali
Meditation and Mindfulness Expert

Fin O’Regan 
Behaviour Consultant 

Gwen Goddard
Training Lead for Training in Mind

Chris Kingsbury
National Partnership Manager Remploy

Charlotte Hopkins
Drug & Alcohol Expert

Rhian Mannings 
Founder of 2 Wish Upon A Star 

Julian John
Disability & Inclusion Specialist

Russell Prue will also be hosting a live radio station on the day and wants to speak to you!

You can also meet a range of great exhibitors including charities, resources and organisations who support mental health and wellbeing including: 

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

Men’s Health Week 2020 – Mental Health

This week (15th – 21st June) is Men’s Health Week. This week is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop, and gain the courage to do something about it.

Although the main theme for this year is based around Coronavirus, The MHW Team would still like to focus on the shocking facts surrounding men’s mental health and wellbeing which is a cause close to our hearts.

Men’s Mental Health Facts (UK) (from Men’s Health Forum)

  • Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 35 (Reference: ONS)
  • 12.5% of men in the UK are suffering from one of the common mental health disorders
  • Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women – Health and Social Care Information Centre)
  • Men are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women.
  • Only 36% of referrals to IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) are men.

Finding Support for Men’s Mental Health

There are lots of organisations and charities that are centered around supporting men struggling with mental health issues.

It can be difficult to encourage our male loved ones to open up and talk about their mental health, due to societal expectations about how men “should” behave and what masculinity is. Some men feel that they must continue to display what have traditionally been perceived as masculine traits like strength, stoicism, dominance, and control.

This “man up” attitude has proven to be dangerous, and we must all play our part in putting a stop to this culture and encouraging men to address their issues more and also seek help for them. 

Charities and Organisations for Support

If you are concerned about somebody, please contact a professional such as the organisations above for advice on how to approach the conversation about their mental health. 

Together, we can beat the stigma around mental health and work towards a happier and healthier community. 

If you are interested in being trained in Mental Health First Aid, the team at Ajuda who run our events also offer this training both physically and online. 

Learn more about in-house training here. 

Learn more about online training here.

Exhibitor Sales Now Open for MHW Cardiff 2021!

Exhibitor Sales Now Open for MHW Cardiff 2021!

View Booked Exhibitors Here

Book Your Organisation’s Stand Here

Alongside our great Online Events, did you know we are also planning a big LIVE event for 2021 in Cardiff City Stadium? 

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show will take place on 20th May 2021, after being postponed for the year due to the current pandemic. We can’t wait to bring you an amazing day full of inspiration and knowledge around a large number of mental health & wellbeing related topics. 

Learn more about the seminars here. 

As well as 30 seminars on offer, we also have a great exhibition with space for over 50 organisations to spread the word about their upcoming projects, services they provide or to raise awareness of the great work they go.

To view our current exhibitors, click here.   

We are currently looking for organisations to join our exhibition – this could be the perfect opportunity for your organisation!  

View our stand options here:

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2x2m Shell Scheme + half page advert: 

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If you have any queries or questions, please contact the office on 02922 400382 or email

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Youth Mental Health Online Conference Announced for June!

Following the success of our previous Mental Health and Wellbeing Show Online in May, we are now planning monthly sessions focused on improving standards of mental health and wellbeing.

On June 26th from 10am – 12pm, we will be holding a Zoom event focusing on Youth Mental Health, including topics such as additional learning needs, wellbeing methods, developing confidence and more.

Tickets are completely free, with amazing speakers presenting on the day.

Speakers include:

Fin O’Regan – Behaviour Consultant

Tracy Pike MBE – CEO of Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association

Joey Bowers – Thrive Approach Relationship Manager for Wales

Russell Prue – Education Radio Specialist

All sessions will also include the opportunity for some Q&A to further develop knowledge. 

Suitable for: 

  • Headteachers & Teachers
  • Learning Support Staff
  • SENCo/ALN Support Staff
  • All School Staff
  • Parents & Carers of Young People
  • Foster Carers
  • Support Workers
  • CAMHS 
  • Youth Support Organisations 
  • Sports Clubs 
  • Anybody Who Supports of Cares for a Young Person

We really hope you can join us on June 26th, and also at our other upcoming events such as the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show LIVE in Cardiff for 2021. 

More info about Cardiff 2021 here. 

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:

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the office on 02922 400382 or email

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:

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
  • 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
  •         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.
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