Trudy Williams, Author at Mental Health & Wellbeing Show

Five reasons the MHW Show should NOT BE MISSED!

With just over 3 months to go until the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show arrives in Cardiff City Stadium, now is the time to get those visitor and seminar tickets ordered to ensure you’re all set for the big day!

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 21st May!

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?

Meet lots of Mental Health & Wellbeing Companies at our expo in May!

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.

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 exhibitors currently booked to attend!

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

Sport and Mental Health: The Benefits

This week in the news, Price Harry spoke about the benefits of taking part in sport, and how in turn this can aid to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The MHW office team couldn’t agree more, and are so pleased that this important topic has been highlighted by someone so influential – everyone needs to know the benefits of exercise and mental health & wellbeing!

In this short blog, we’ll highlight 3 reasons why taking part in sport can be the perfect stress-busting route to general wellbeing.

In the show in May, we’ll have Paralympic Gold Medalist, Andy Lewis MBE, speaking on how he overcame his struggles with anxiety, depression and ADHD to move forward and win a Gold Medal in the Rio Paralympics. You can read more about his session and some others at the bottom of this blog, or you can click here.

Improving your mood.

Mind Charity have listen some general benefits on their website of excercise, as many people feel that getting active improves many aspects of their life.

Many people find that they sleep better after being tired out through exercise.

Also, positive hormones are released during exercise which are known to lift mood.

Cortisol is also released during exercise, which is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands. By releasing some of this you will in turn reduce stress levels.

Making Friends.

For many people who suffer with a mental illness or low mental health, the feeling of loneliness is a contributing factor – and for some, it is often one of the main causes of feelings of depression and anxiety. 

Although it can be daunting meeting a group of people for the first time, signing up to a team sport such as rugby, netball or football is a great way of meeting new people and building new friendships. Many of your teammates will have also felt just as nervous as you on your first day – and they should be more than happy to help out. 

Partaking in team sports can give you a sense of belonging, a new group of friends and motivation to work harder for your team – a win win situation! 

Developing a Routine

Struggling to develop a routine can also be a key contributor towards ill mental health – routines can be a great way of grounding someone and helping them to avoid negative habits which they may have. 

Needing to be in a certain place at a certain time (such as a team sport practice session) can supply people with a sense of responsibility and importance which they may not have experienced before. Some of those negative actions (such as drinking alcohol, or sleeping longer than necessary) are pushed aside so that you can dedicate your time to your new hobby – physical exercise. 

Physical Activity Sessions at MHW Show.

As we understand how important physical activity is to maintaining a good level of wellbeing, we have ensured we have included a variety of sessions on this topic at the MHW Show in May. Here are some of them with a quick summary:

Andy Lewis MBE – Paralympic Athlete VS Mental Health

Having had ADHD, Dyslexia & heightened Anxiety for most of his life – things reached breaking point in 2007 when everything came to a head and he tried to take his own life.

Fast forward to today – Andy Lewis MBE is not just an inspirational Speaker on the subjects of Mental Health & Wellbeing but also a multi winning GOLD medalist in one of the toughest sports in the world – the Paralympic Triathlon.

Andy will inspire the audience by focusing not on his story – but offering his top tips and insights into managing Anxiety in Life & Business – both personally and professionally.

Helen Battelley – Movement Matters

Boosting Personal, Social and Emotional Development through movement is an evocative seminar providing a combination and practical and theoretical content. Delegates will understand the importance and impact movement has on early brain development and cognitive processing. The course will provide delegates with the confidence and skills to be more creative with their planning and preparation to elicit excellent responses in learners through motivational learning. Underpinning knowledge will secure the ideas and processes involved in a movement methodology to sustain PSE well being in the classroom.

Ruth Steggles- “Wellbeing that Works” – Simple Life Changing Ideas

Mental ill-health is not inevitable. Just as there are things we can do to look after our physical wellbeing the same is true of our mental and emotional wellbeing. This interactive session will provide you with simple tools and skills that you can take away and put in practice immediately both at home and at work.

For a fresh perspective on how we can make our lives work better, come along and see what Fresh Air Fridays have to share.

Ruth’s talk will feature Fresh Air Fridays, an initiative to encourage people to step outside to improve their mental health.

To book onto any of the above sessions, please either book via Eventbrite (link here) or visit our downloads page to get a paper booking form and return to events@ajuda.org.uk

Our most popular seminars are selling quickly!

Our seminar tickets have been released just under a month ago, and they are selling quickly! When designing the programme for the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show, we aimed to include a wide variety of different topics to hopefully provide as much support to as many people as possible.

Our tickets are just £10 per seminar until February, when the price will increase to £12 per seminar. We also offer a Group Booking Discount and a Student Discount which can be discussed and claimed by contacting the office on events@ajuda.org.uk or by calling 02922 400382.

Below are a selection of our most popular seminars:

Lead Well – Steps to wellbeing in education

Kate O’Connor & Kelly Hannaghan

This comprehensive seminar will help develop school leaders understanding, skills and confidence to support pupils, the community and themselves with Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The session will cover a range of strategies to fully install and embed a whole-school approach to mental wellbeing in education. Participants will learn the 5 steps in creating a flourishing school culture and climate for outstanding outcomes

Creating a Kinder Culture of Trust Drives Employee Energy

David Beeney

We look at how we can create a kinder culture of trust where managers feel confident to ask employees about their wellbeing knowing how this dramatically improves employee energy, productivity, engagement and results.

Learning outcomes:

  • We explore what it is like to suffer in silence with a mental health issue in the workplace
  • We improve our understanding of how employees learn to disguise their suffering
  • We look to inspire employees to be more open by saying ‘its okay not to be okay’ and to share vulnerabilities
  • We explore lots of ideas of how to create a kinder culture that drives energy levels and improves presenteeism.
  • We look at the importance of using the right language to encourage honest and open conversation about wellbeing.
  • We understand the importance of setting the tone from the top and what we mean by management education

Self-injury Myths

Wedge from LifeSIGNS

Drowning, not waving. Everyone needs and deserves attention, and it’s bizarre that some people see ‘attention seeking’ as a reason to ignore a person and their distress!

Self-injury is not ‘attention seeking’ but can indicate a ‘need for attention’.

In this lighter talk, we’ll cover the many myths around self-injury (considering age, gender, purpose, mental illness, addiction, pain, and suicide).

Fighting For a Fair Start in Wales – Perinatal Mental Health

Sarah Witcombe-Hayes

The workshop will introduce perinatal mental health problems, including their prevalence and impact on women, partners and children. It will highlight the findings from the joint NSPCC research project ‘From Bumps to Babies’, and showcase the landscape of perinatal mental health care in Wales. It will introduce the national NSPCC Fight for a Fair Start Campaign, and demonstrate the work being done in Wales to fight to ensure all parents get the perinatal mental health support they need, wherever they live

Survival tips for anxiety and depression

Rachel Kingsbury

Rachel will talk about her story of living with mental illness, and also provide tips on how to survive anxiety and depression on a day-to-day basis.

These are methods you can use for yourself, or to recommend to someone who may have a mental health condition.

Please ensure you book your seminar tickets as early as possible to ensure you don’t miss a spot on your favourite seminar or miss out on our Early-bird ticket deals!

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

How to Combat Winter Seasonal Affective Disorder – Tips

Tips to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Christmas has come to an end and the new year has started, despite all the festive cheer you may be noticing a dip in your mood. This can be attributed to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), this is a common mental health problem and can affect people of any age, including children. Reports say that 1 in 15 people will suffer from SAD in the UK, which can happen in any season, but is most common in the winter months such as December, January and February.

SAD often occurs during the winter when lower levels of sunlight may affect the balance of hormones like serotonin and melatonin. Lower levels of these two hormones can negatively impact sleep, mood and overall well-being.

In order to put a plan of action in place to manage SAD, you need to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disorder. The most common symptoms include;

  • Sleep problems – usually oversleeping and difficulty staying awake but, in some cases, disturbed sleep and early morning waking.
  • Lethargy – lacking in energy and unable to carry out normal routine due to fatigue. Heaviness in the arms and legs.
  • Overeating – craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, which usually leads to weight gain.
  • Depression – feeling sad, low and weepy, a failure, sometimes hopeless and despairing.
  • Social problems – irritability and withdrawal from social situations, not wanting to see friends.
  • Anxiety – feeling tense and unable to cope with stress.

Want to boost your mood during dark winter months? You’re in luck! Here are some tips on ways to manage symptoms of SAD.

Get Outside

Try to incorporate some regular exercise into your day, this can help ease the symptoms of depression, especially during the gloomy winter months.

You don’t have to suddenly start doing intensive training or join a gym (unless you want to) to enjoy the benefits of exercise, a daily walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues. Any type of exercise activates dopamine and serotonin, the “feel good” chemicals in the brain. These chemicals can help fight symptoms of SAD.

 

 

Get enough light

Try taking in as much sunlight as possible during the winter months, get outside for a quick stroll in the morning, get as much natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. This can be as easy as opening your blinds during the day or getting outside. Getting a good amount of natural light during the day can help alleviate symptoms of SAD.

When the body absorbs sunlight, it also absorbs vitamin D, which has a number of health benefits. It may be hard to get enough vitamin D in the winter, so taking a supplement during dark winter months may help your overall mental health.

 

Eat healthy – Combat unhealthy habits

With the start of the new year, more and more people will be looking to improve their diets, the real problem is sticking with it. But the benefits of a healthy diet will help combat SAD, it will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop increased weight gain over the winter months.

Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. There are a number of ways to cope with symptoms of SAD, but it can be easy to rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms during winter. Activities like drinking or overeating may feel good in the moment, but can lead to feeling more anxious and depressed later on.

Take up a hobby

Keeping your mind active with a new hobby can help keep away the symptoms of SAD. This hobby can be anything that would interest you or if you feel daring then step out of your comfort zone and try something completely new. 

These hobbies could include starting a journal, writing blogs, knitting, video editing, running, arts & crafts and even more. Look online for inspiration, the important thing is to have something to look forward to and concentrate on.

Seek Help

If you feel as though you feel more than just “blue” during the wintertime, there is nothing wrong with seeking professional help.

Contact your local GP for medical help, or try some of these support lines and resources below:

Samaritans: 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Rethink Mental Illness: 0300 5000 927

SANE: 0300 304 7000

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