Trudy Williams, Author at Mental Health & Wellbeing Show

The MHW Show 2021 is going VIRTUAL!

Due to COVID19, our originally planned live show for May 20th 2021 has now moved to a new virtual online platform with state of the art technology to immerse you in the environment of a real event from the comfort of your home.

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show, May 20th 2021 – the virtual, interactive conference and exhibition connecting mental health/wellbeing professionals around the world.

Our event aims to promote positive mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness and sharing real-life experiences. The event will include over 100 talks from mental health experts on a huge range of topics, along with a virtual exhibition with the opportunity to connect with hundreds of oragnisations, charities and services who can support you in your work and life.
This event is sponsored and supported by Remploy and Ajuda Training.

Tickets are just £45 until 28th February, and then will rise to £75 on 1st March.
(Student discount at £25)

Why Attend?

  • Learn about the latest developments, studies, and viewpoints on a huge range of topics within mental health and wellbeing for both youth and adult settings.
  • Listen and engage with 10 live seminars and over 100 on-demand webinars available on the platform from some of the biggest names in mental health.
  • Visit hundreds of virtual exhibition stands and learn more about the fantastic services, organisations, products, charities and resources available to you and your organisation to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and to promote general wellbeing across the population.
  • Connect, meet and network with thousands of mental health and wellbeing professionals from a range of industries, specialities and backgrounds in an exciting new virtual setting.
  • Feel engaged and connected with people from around the world with our state of the art event technology, all from the comfort of your home, so no travel required!

Highlights

The virtual event will feature 10 Live Seminars running from 8am – 8pm (BST) along with over 100 on demand pre-recorded seminars from some fantastic experts in mental health, wellbeing, healthcare and much more. A full day of knowledge, advice and inspiration on so many topics important to mental health.

We already have sessions confirmed on Mental Health First Aid (Adult and Youth), Overcoming Depression and Anxiety, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Addiction, Self Harm, Suicide Prevention, General Wellbeing, Meditation, Nutrition and so many more.

View confirmed seminars here.

We have a Virtual Exhibition Hall! Our exhibition list has great variety, with lots of our key exhibitors and sponsors including charities, care facilities, wellbeing supports, school wellbeing companies and much more!

When visiting the stands you will have the ability to chat to company reps, download brochures and documents, watch videos and interact with the stands as you would in a real-life event!

Our virtual setting will also allow you to meet companies from all across the globe in one place!

View our exhibition information here.

Our exciting new platform has been optimised by event experts and designers to give our visitors as close to a real-event experience as possible with stunning graphics, interactive capabilities and the ability to chat with exhibitiors, network with fellow visitors and attend seminars from the comfort of your home.

We are looking forward to bringing you the future of events, with more opportunties to connect with people across the globe and feel truly involved in such a special and important event.

Virtual Platform Demo

To enquire about taking part in our event, please event events@ajuda.org.uk for more information, or visit our Seminars and Exhibitor Pages.

The MHW Team Christmas Newsletter.

Although 2020 hasn’t turned out quite like anybody expected, we hope all of our customers, readers and followers have some things to celebrate and be grateful for this Christmas period!

Our office will be closed from 18th December – 4th January to allow our staff to have a long and cheery Christmas break.

The team at the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show, part of the Ajuda Events Team, have had some great triumphs and happy moments we wanted to share with all of our lovely readers. This year has certainly been a difficult one for everyone, but we hope that by sharing our joyful moments, you may remember some of yours too!

We’ve had a busy 2020, including….

Overcoming COVID

As with so many businesses this year, the team at Ajuda have had to overcome many challenges such as the temporary closure of our training center, and the postponement of our events.

It has been a difficult time but the team have all worked together to adapt our training rooms, ways of working and much more to ensure we continue to provide all of our great customers with the training they need.

You can see our socially-distanced classroom in the picture here.

Our Online Events

This year’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Show and Talking Mental Health Conference were unfortunately postponed, but the team kept up momentum by creating online versions of these events, along with free monthly webinars!

In 2021 we have Wellness and Wellbeing in January, Children’s Mental Health in February, Eating Disorders in March and Workplace Stress in April.

Read more about our upcoming 2021 webinars here.

All Thanks to You!

Our webinars would not have been such a roaring success without every single speaker, sponsor, supporter and attendee being involved – so we want to extend a massive thank you to everyone who has continued to support us in such difficult times.

We can’t wait to provide lots more important training and learning opportunities to our customers and students very soon! Keep following our blog for more updates!

MHFA and YMHFA

This year our training courses for Mental Health First Aid and Youth MHFA have been extremely popular, and we are so proud that we have trained over 2,000 people to support those suffering with low mental health and illness.

Read about our Mental Health Training here. 

Our new office member Kris.

2020 also saw us greet a new member of staff to the admin team at Ajuda, Kris Evans!

Kris has been an invaluable asset to our team in such a difficult time and keeps our training centre running. Let’s see what 2021 brings for our happy team!

A big thanks to Remploy

This year of mental health events would simply not have been possible without our dedicated supporters and Headline Sponsor, Remploy.

Remploy do fantastic work supporting disabled and disadvantaged people in Wales into work. Read more about their great work here.

Half Marathon for Mind

Event Manager Trudy will also be raising important charity funds this year for Mind.

Trudy will be running the Cardiff Half Marathon in October 2021 and is already training ready for it! You can donate to Trudy’s Just Giving page here.

We’re so excited for 2021, here’s what’s in store….

  • The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show, May 20th 2021

  • The Talking Mental Health Conference, October 2021

  • A January Sale on lots of our products and services (look out for our emails)

  • More opportunities to train in Mental Health, First Aid, Health and Safety and more.

  • Free monthly webinars on a range of mental health topics.

  • Extending our offering of Virtual and Online training courses to protect our customers.

  • Lots more items available on our online shop.

  • Networking and exhibition opportunities for Mental Health Professionals.

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the team from Ajuda, we will see you in 2021!

Speakers Announced for Free January Wellbeing Webinar!

If you’re looking to kick off 2021 in a positive and productive way, why not join us for our FREE Wellness and Wellbeing webinar on January 14th?

We’re planning a morning of inspiration and top tips on ways to promote a positive lifestyle and make a change for the next upcoming year. The webinar will run from 10am – 12pm via Zoom.

So far, we have talks planned for Meditation, Nutrition and Exercise – and some amazing speakers who will give you practical and simple tips on boosting your wellbeing for 2021.

Read more about the talks here:

A short session guiding participants through the practise of meditation. Explaining the benefits to health body mind and spirit and learning how to incorporate into your life as a regular daily routine.

Do you ever feel stretched stressed or overwhelmed, like there isn’t enough time or if you do take any time for you you feel guilty? This practical session will give you simple tools that you can use today so you can feel the way you want to feel, stop feeling guilty, have enough time and enjoy your life to the full.

Dolores works with all autoimmune diseases. Tune in and learn how three real life success stories of people turned their lives around from their debilitating symptoms through the natural methods that she uses.

We have a variety of different webinars planned for the first few months of 2021 which we are currently planning – our aim is to cover as many mental health & wellbeing topics as possible to provide our attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to support others and themselves in times of need.

We are currently planning a Children’s Mental Health for February, Eating Disorders for March and Workplace Stress for April.

Read more about out upcoming webinars here.

Alcohol Awareness Week: Why is it So Important?

Alcohol Awareness Week takes place next week from 16th – 22nd November, and we want to help to raise awareness and provide opportunities for people to learn more about alcohol, addiction and recovery.

We’re putting on a FREE webinar on the 18th November from 10am – 12pm via Zoom including talks from people who have recovered from addiction, and organisations that help those in recovery.

Confirmed Talks include:

Ryan Donovan

Sarah Vaile, Director of Recovery Cymru

Victoria Seed, Founder of Vesta Approach

Would you like to know more about Alcohol Addiction? Join us at the webinar by clicking here.

The Facts

  • In the UK, in 2016 there were 9,214 alcohol-related deaths (around 15 per 100,000 people). The mortality rates are highest among people aged 55-69 .
  • In the UK in 2018 there were 7,551 alcohol-specific deaths (around 11.9 per 100,000 people). This is the second-highest level since the records began in 2001
  • In England, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers (2017/18), of whom 82% are not accessing treatment
  • Alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages

Mental Health:

Stress Awareness Day: 5 Stress-Busting Activities

Stress Awareness Day takes place on the first Wednesday of every November (the 4th, in this case) and is promoted to help raise awareness of stress, its effects, and how we can work together to combat this.

According to a 2018 study, over 74% of  adults in the UK  have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope in the past 12 months.

If unacknowledged, stress can cause all sorts of issues such as substance misuse, burnout, depression and more. Stress also accounts for a high proportion of sick days in work and can effect someone’s whole life.

To help, we’ve suggested 5 stress-busting activities for you to try:

1. Get That Body Moving!

Yes, you guessed it – exercise was always going to be one of the very first points on our list, and that’s because it really does work! Research shows that by exercising, our bodies produce stress-busting endorphins, even if it’s just for a little bit per day. Whether it’s dancing, running, swimming or an activity of your choice – getting your heart pumping is a great way to beat stress.

2. Tell a Friend

Whether it’s a work, personal or financial issue that is causing your overall feeling of stress, sharing your feelings with somebody you trust can be a great way of relieving some of the building tension in your mind.

They may be able to suggest a solution or path you hadn’t considered, or maybe just offer a comforting word and an ear to listen. Keeping our emotions to ourselves is known to impact negatively on mental health – so always speak up!

3. Do Something That Makes You Happy

We all have those little hobbies that we love, but never seem to have enough time to do. If you feel overwhelmed with work and deadlines, “wasting” time on fun activities and hobbies may seem counter-productive, but it’s really the opposite!

Taking some time out to do something you really enjoy is like pressing the reset switch after a hard day, and can help to relieve stress and tension while also promoting happiness. Spend some time to read a book, play with a pet, or listen to music to refresh your mind.

4. Practice Some Mindfulness

You don’t have to get the yoga mat out or get into a deep meditative state to practice some everyday mindfulness, which will go a long way to alleviate those little moments of stress that creep in to every day life.

You could start with some simple mindful breathing exercises, focusing on your breathing and how the air feels flowing around your body. Some people try slowing down their movements such as walking or stretching and paying close attention to every feeling they experience in their body.

5. Make a Note of It

If you are having a hard time making sense of some of your feelings and emotions, such as high levels of stress, then writing them down and making some notes could be an effective way of tracking your triggers and limits.

The process of writing down your feelings will not only create a calmer mood once you have expressed yourself, but you can re-read your notes and try to figure out what types of places, people and situations seem to cause you the highest level of stress. Limiting your contact with these particular people and places will highly likely be an instant destress tool for you to implement in daily life.

We hope some of these tips will help with calming that stress – let us know if any worked for you or if you have any favourites of your own that you would recommend by Tweeting us at @mhwshow or find us on Facebook at Mental Health & Wellbeing Show to join in the conversation with lots of other mental health professionals. 

Alcohol Awareness Webinar Announced for November 18th!

Alcohol Awareness Week takes place on the 16th – 22nd November, and focuses around how alcohol affects our mental health and wellbeing. To join in and raise awareness, we are running a free webinar which will focus on Addiction Awareness with the inclusion of alcohol within the programme. 

Our free webinar will run from 10am-12pm via Zoom, and include talks from support organisations along with stories from those who have overcome addiction issues. 

Speakers Include: 

Gary Goldstein is author of “Jew in Jail” and is a reformed addict and prisoner from Brooklyn, New York. He now helps other addicts through his motivational and inspirational speeches.
Gary will speak on never becoming frustrated when doors seem to always be closed in our faces, because we all have greatness in us, and it is up to each and everyone one to seek out our own hidden talents, and present it to the world in order to make this planet a better place, as well as help anyone on an individual basis too.

Recovery Cymru is a peer-led, mutual-aid, recovery community in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan that empowers people to achieve and maintain recovery while supporting others to do the same. All their activities are community-led. Together, we empower and support each other to enter and move forward in recovery; to develop skills and interests and to improve quality of life.

Recovery Cymru value individuals, the process of change and believe recovery is about improved quality of life, not just the absence of a particular substance. They want to support their members to make tangible differences to their lives.

Full Line-Up Confirmed for TMH Conf!

Just two weeks to book your ticket for the Talking Mental Health Online Conference. We’ve confirmed an amazing line-up of speakers so far, with more added to the list this week!

Talking Mental Health Online Conference provides over 10 speakers for just £30+vat – just £3 per speaker for a whole two days of inspiration, advice and knowledge on a huge range of mental health and wellbeing topics. Read more about our speakers below.

Tickets cost £20+vat for each individual day, or £30+vat for a bundle deal including both conference days.

Topics Include:

  • From Surviving Suicide After Loss Of My Son – To Thriving and LIVING MY BEST LIFE
  • My Best Friend Anorexia and Me
  • Managing PTSD
  • Optimistic Living
  • Understanding and supporting
  • Neurodiversity
  • Hope for recovery and recognising triggers & limits
  • The Bipolar Businessman
  • Let’s Talk About Wellbeing: Growing emotional resilience for recovery in education
  • Empowering Students with Mental Health Issues
  • Promoting Positive Body Image in Young People
  • Parental Wellbeing & Mental Health’

Talking Mental Health Conference Officially Launches!

Following a series of successful online webinars, the MHW team have been working hard to develop a bigger online conference for our dedicated mental health professionals – and today we are officially launching the Talking Mental Health Conference!

Talking Mental Health will take place on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th October via Zoom conferencing software, and includes two packed days of real-life stories, mental health advice and strategies to deal with a variety of mental illnesses. The conference will celebrate World Mental Health Day, which takes place that week.

8th October – Adult Mental Health 
9th October – Youth Mental Health 

Tickets cost £20+vat for each individual day, or £30+vat for a bundle deal including both conference days. 

We are announcing a great celebrity guest soon to join some of our lineup below!

Eating Disorder Support Advocate Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and costs employers between £33 and £42 billion annually.

Youth Behaviour Expert Fin was the Head teacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, which was the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.

He has written a number of books and published articles on the subject of ADHD, ODD and a range of Learning, Behaviour and Socialisation issues.

Comedian Lynn Ruth Miler started doing comedy on stage when she was 70 years old. She was dubbed the new Joan Rivers of Fringe Comedy at The Edinburgh International Fringe. Now 85, she made top 4 comedians in America’s Got Talent, 2008, won People’s Choice in 2009,Branson Comedy Festival, the finals in Bill Word’s Funniest Female Contest 2009 and semi-finals in the SF International Comedy Competition and Star of the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2009.

The Bipolar Businessman Thomas Duncan Bell is a truly inspiring mental health expert. Growing up in difficult circumstances, after the death of his brother and suffering from a form of Bipolar disorder, Thomas successfully turned his life around in order to help other people. Known internationally as The Bipolar Businessman, Thomas has already reached over 1 million people through his writing, various speaking engagements and media channels over the last 3 years.

Order Your Tickets 

We are confirming new speakers every day, so please keep checking our social media pages for more updates on speakers, sponsors and more! 

Hope you can join us for a very special event to celebrate World Mental Health Day!

World Suicide Prevention Day Event Launched By MHW Online!

On the 10th September, World Suicide Prevention day is observed across the globe and provides the opportunity for people to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. To honour this very important day in the mental health calendar, the MHW team are hosting a special event on 10th September focused on Suicide Prevention. 

Tickets are completely free, and we have some amazing talks on offer.

Speakers include:

Jeremy O’Dwyer – Survivor Story
Rachel Tysh from CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably
& more inspiring stories. 

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

This event is suitable for: 

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

Join us for Talking Mental Health Conference! 

MHW Online presents Talking Mental Health Conference, providing you with 2 days of information and inspiration on all things mental health!

October 8th is focused on adult, and 9th is focused on youth mental health issues. Book both days for a bundle deal of £30!

Order your tickets here. 

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.

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