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PrecisionBiotics®: Event sponsors for Conference and Show!

We’re pleased to announce that our Platinum Sponsor for the Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference is PrecisionBiotics®

Not only will they be sponsoring our upcoming Virtual Conference on 7th and 8th October to celebrate World Mental Health Day, but will also be coming along to Cardiff on 10th May 2022 as part of our exhibition and speaker line-up. Great to have the PrecisionBiotics® team on board for these special events! Read more about them here. 

About PrecisionBiotics®

Over 20 years ago, PrecisionBiotics® scientists began researching thousands of live bacterial cultures (also known as probiotics) together with experts from one of the world’s leading centres of microbiome research (the APC microbiome Institute). Since then strains and species of bacteria have been screened aimed at identifying the one in a trillion which can have an impact on symptoms for a range of conditions. PrecisionBiotics® have identified a handful of specific bacterial strains that stand out because of the precise and significant impact they make to human health and wellbeing.

These strains are fully profiled, including metagenics and metabolomics and then put through rigorous testing including international clinical trials. PrecisionBiotics® are now part of Novozymes One Health and currently market the extensively researched & HCP recommended bacterial culture 35624®(Alflorex) in 28 countries and the clinically substantiated 1714- Serenitas® culture (Zenflore). Combining the unique 1714-Serenitas®  with specially selected vitamins, Zenflore provides support for mind and body through life’s daily challenges.

The portfolio of PrecisionBiotics® products will expand significantly over the next 2 years as new products for a range of conditions complete their extensive and rigorous clinical evaluation.  Please visit our website or contact us for further information.

MHW Conf 21 Highlights

With just over TWO MONTHS until our virtual mental health conference on 7th and 8th October, spaces are filling for this inspiring and top-quality event, with some fantastic speakers, exhibitors and sponsors confirmed and ready to bring you two days of great content. 

Take a look at our highlights and what to expect from the event here!

  • We’re celebrating World Mental Health Day with our two-day conference focusing on both Adult and Youth topics.
  • Adult Mental Health will take place on the 7th October, and will feature important topics such as Mental Health First Aid, Workplace Mental Health, Financial Wellbeing, Bereavement, Green Social Prescribing, Suicide Prevention and more
  • Youth Mental Health will take place on 8th October and will cover topics such as Improving Mental Health and Self-Esteem, Safeguarding, SEND, Teacher and School Wellbeing, LGBTQ+ Mental Health and more.
  • Speakers and presenting organisations include Natasha Devon MBE, Precision Biotics. NSPCC, Samaritans, Stonewall, Rural Mental Health Wales, SANDS United Cardiff and Healthy Money Mind.
  • Alongside our great programme of real-time talks, we also have a virtual exhibition area where you can gain further knowledge and be signposted to extra resources, services and support.
  • Connection is important, so we will be providing networking and chat opportunities throughout the day via chat features within Zoom and other great communication tools so you can meet and chat with other mental health professionals
  • Oh, and don’t forget our exhibitors will be offering show-exclusive deals, discounts and freebies to help celebrate World Mental Health Day, so visiting could lead to more money-saving opportunities for you!
  • Exhibitors include: Precision Biotics, Zenflore, Ajuda Training, Heads2Minds, Kinbee, VoxxLife, Discover Your Bounce, Blaenau Gwent Communities for Work, C.A.L.L. Helpline, Mastering Me

If you’re from a charity, large group or are a student, please get in touch to learn more about our great discounts to support your development!

New branding, same great events!

*Celebrate our rebrand with 50% off conference tickets for 1 week only!*

With our preparation for Mental Health & Wellbeing Virtual Conference in full swing, the Ajuda Events team wanted a brand that fully reflects our high-quality, professional and innovative events, so that’s exactly what we did!

We hope you like our rebranded marketing as much as we do!

Our new streamlined images will be popping up all over our social media channels, website and across the internet as we roll out our new look. If you spot us, let us know what you think of the new branding, we’d love to hear it!

If you would like printed copies of our new advertisement flyer, then please get in touch with the team at events@ajuda.org.uk and we can post one to your workplace or home.

And don’t forget to celebrate with us by claiming your 50% off discount for the 2 day conference in October where we have already confirmed some fantastic speakers and organisations for both Adult and Youth Mental Health. Along with lots of freebies and networking opportunities on the day – this event is not to be missed!

7th October – Adult Mental Health

South Wales Valleys Samaritans
Suicide Prevention

Anna Prytherch
Rural and Green Social Mental health

Layla Fear
Workplace Mental Health First Aid

Ase Greenacre and Jenni Cole
Financial Wellbeing

Stephen Doran, Rhys Foran and Nathan Farrant
Fathers grief and a different way to help to move forward

8th October – Youth Mental Health

Natasha Devon MBE
Promoting Good Mental Health & High Self-Esteem in the Classroom

Ffion Grundy from Stonewall
LGBTQ+ Young People and Mental Health

Carl Harris from NSPCC
Safeguarding: The Welfare of the Child is Paramount

Garry Freeman
Well-being for SENDCos: supporting young people, families and yourself

Alongside the fantastic speakers, our event will include lots of interactive features and the opportunity to network and connect with hundreds of other mental health and wellbeing professionals from across the UK and further afield!

If you’re a charity, large group or student, please get in touch to learn more about our great discounts to support your development!

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.

This Thursday, 15th July, we are running a FREE webinar which is being supported by the Samaritans and will feature three talks on Learning to Listen, Small Talk Saves Lives and also the Role of the Samaritans Volunteer!

You can book free tickets for the webinar by clicking HERE

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

MHW Conference 2021 Launched!

Join us on 7th & 8th October for our two-day interactive virtual conference on Adult and Youth Mental Health with a range of special guests to be revealed.

Following the success of our May 2021 Show, the Ajuda Events team are now bringing our amazing audience the Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference 2021! To ensure the safety, accessibility and comfort of all attendees, our events will continue in a virtual environment for October 2021.

The event will run via Zoom and other virtual tools to bring you another engaging and interactive event. Join us on 7th October for a range of topics surrounding Adult Mental Health, and 8th October for Youth Mental Health.

Register before June 30th for an extra £5 off each day’s ticket price in our super early-bird deal!

What to expect?

  • Two days of engaging, informative and interactive talks from a range of mental health professionals and inspiring individuals from across the UK
  • Signposting to resources and support for a range of mental health and wellbeing topics
  • Opportunities to get involved with Q and A and networking during the event via our chat box and other interactive tools.

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.

Ten ways to tackle loneliness

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week in the UK, a campaign founded by the Marmalde Trust charity, who are dedicated to recognising loneliness and helping people make new friendships.

After the events of the past year, more people have experienced feelings of loneliness than ever before, particularly due to the lockdowns and social distancing measures in place for many months at a time. For many people across the UK however, loneliness is a common experience regardless of the pandemic, and it’s important that we highlight ways that people can make positive connections in their life and tackle this issue. Connection is one of the five key elements of our wellbeing, so it’s important to maintain some healthy relationships for our mental health.

For this blog we are taking a look at ten ways that you can try and defeat those feelings of loneliness, and perhaps help others feeling lonely at the same time too through meaningful connection. Give them a try!

1. Accept your feelings 

Acceptance is a very important aspect in wellbeing and mental health. We need to accept the negative parts of our life to develop the true resilience to live a balanced and enjoyable life, despite the difficulties we will face.

Accepting these feelings of loneliness when they appear, with an understanding that they will pass and there are better times ahead will help you to cope with them when they arise.

4. Find an online community

One of the many joys to the modern ages of the internet is how easy it is to connect with people from all over the world and find communities that really matter to you.

With a quick Google search you can find message boards and forums on almost any topic you can think of. If you’re like coin collecting, flying kites, video games, fishing, birdwatching, baking… you name it – there is an online community out there for you!

6. Volunteer

Volunteering is not only a great way of meeting lots of new people, giving back to the community is proven to have a range of wellbeing benefits.
Take a look around for some local charities, or Volunteering websites to find some available opportunities.

9. Practice Self Care

Although it can be easy to feel unmotivated during lonely periods, practicing some good self care will keep your wellbeing in balance and improve your mood.

Making sure you continue to stick to a routine, eat well, exercise, keep yourself clean and tidy and keep your home in a good condition will all support your general wellbeing while you wait for the lonely feelings to pass.

2. Look for local or online events

By searching a range different resources like Facebook Events, Eventbrite, Meetup and more, you can find a range of different events in your local community or in an online setting if you feel more comfortable staying at home at the moment.

Depending on your interests you may find a variety of events for hobbies like walking, music, sport, theatre, craft and many more. Attending events will help you to feel more connected to other people who share similar interests.

7. Contact a charity or support organisation

There’s a wide range of charities and organisations across the UK that can support you if you are unsure of how relieve your loneliness. There is a page here that lists 15 organisations to get you started. 

Support services will be able to signpost you to different aids such as befriending services, community hubs, and other ways of meeting people and getting the connection you need.

3. Get out and about and speak to people

With summer bringing some beautiful weather recently, there’s no better time to get out and about and explore your local park, towns and other areas to find new places.

When you’re out and about, saying hello to people you pass and commenting on the area or the weather will strike up some conversations and help to relieve some feelings of loneliness building up inside. Also, getting outside in itself is a great mood booster!

5. Pick up the phone

Think of a good friend that you know cares a lot about you and will be able to chat to you about some good times and positive things. You could perhaps mention you have been feeling lonely and arrange to have more regular contact and reconnect with friends from the past.

Reaching out to people for support may feel difficult at first, but the more times we speak out about our struggles the easier it becomes to be honest with other people about how we feel. They may feel similarly too and will surely be glad to hear from you.

8. Make a list of activities 

Sometimes the feeling of loneliness can appear at the most unexpected times, and there may not be anybody available to peak to, especially if it is late at night.

Making a list of some fun activities like watching one of our favourite TV shows, reading a book or playing a game to pass the time until you feel more settled.

10. Help other lonely people

If you are feeling lonely, then there are others out there in the same position who could also really do with some extra connection and support in difficult times.

By becoming a befriender yourself, not only will you be supporting someone going through a difficult time, but also you will be tackling your own loneliness in a proactive and kind way.

Men’s Health Week 2021 – Mental Health

This week (14th – 20th 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.

This year’s campaign is centered around Mental Health, and how important it is that men feel comfortable speaking up about their mental health and accepting support where it’s available.

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.

Thanks to MHW Show Attendees

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Mental Health and Wellbeing Show Virtual on Thursday 20th May – 19th June – we hope everyone had a fantastic time and gained lots of valuable knowledge from our webinars and exhibitors to take away with you.

Remember, you can revisit the event for 30 days to catch up on all of the great things you might have missed the first time around.

You just need to revisit www.mhwshow.vfairs.com to see everything again.

We’d also like to give a big thanks to all of our speakers, sponsors exhibitors for contributing the day and making it so great. Also a big thanks to Russell and Maria from Anderton Tiger Radio for providing and amazing radio show for the day.

The team would love to hear your feedback, and have created a survey to collect your responses, you can click here to complete it. All completed entries will be entered into a prize draw for free tickets to an upcoming event of your choice.

If you have social media, let us know what you enjoyed about the show by using the hashtag #MHWShow on Twitter and giving us a follow on Facebook by visiting The Mental Health and Wellbeing Show.

We will be back in touch very soon with information on our 2022 event which is taking place on 18th May 2022- keep the date in your diaries!

Platform Open for 30 days from May 20th!

If you've been wanting to join us at the Mental Health and Wellbeing Show Virtual, but can't make the date of the 20th May – then you can still have the opportunity to view over 100 webinars and attend our exhibition for 30 days after the event!

By booking one of our Full-Access event tickets for £45+vat, you'll get access to all of our webinars and exhibitors, gain 6 CPD points and lots of knowledge from the event, along with an attendance certificate.

So much amazing content for just £45+vat!

The only features you'll miss by skipping the 20th May is actual live Q and A interaction with our live speakers and our 30+ exhibitors on the day, along with networking.


What you can STILL do after 20th May:  

  • Keep visiting the platform as many times as you like over the next 30 days to keep exploring our visually stunning and exciting new virtual events platform. (View a demo below)
  • Replay, catch-up and rewind all of our 100+ webinars (including the live webinars recorded on the main day and all of the on-demand webinars) and gain as much valuable knowledge as possible (View confirmed seminars here)   
  • Visit the exhibition stands where our great range of oragnisations and charities will have left lots of interesting videos, documents and links in their stands to share lots of information with you. You can then email them to connect! (View exhibitor list here) 

Topics:

Mental Health
Wellbeing
School Mental Health & SEN/ALN
Employee Wellbeing
Mindfulness and Meditation
Managing Anxiety and Depression
Addiction and Recovery
Counselling and Therapies
Mental Health Campaigns
PTSD and Trauma
Eating Disorders
Suicide Prevention
Bereavement
Charity Appeals
Mindset & Resilience

Just FIVE WEEKS to go until the event, make sure you book your tickets soon to the UK’s BIGGEST Virtual Mental Health Event!

Alastair Campbell to Speak at MHW Show!

We’ve been so excited to announce that Alastair Campbell will be speaking at the Virtual Mental Health and Wellbeing Show on May 20th during our live webinar section!

Alastair will be speaking at  1PM on the day, and his talk will focus on The Mental Health Challenges During Covid Times.

About Alastair

Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities and consultancy.

He has written seventeen books in the past fourteen years, including ten volumes of diaries, four novels, two personal memoirs on depression and the pursuit of happiness, and Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport.

He was for many years chairman of fund-raising of Bloodwise, Britain’s main blood cancer charity, but in recent years has become increasingly involved with mental health charities and causes, speaking about his own experience of depression, psychosis and addiction, and of his brother Donald’s lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign to raise awareness about mental illness, ambassador for Alcohol Concern, patron of Maytree, the country’s only charity for the suicidal, and of Kidstime, which supports the children of mentally ill parents. He co-founded the all-party campaign, Equality4MentalHealth, which was credited in Parliament by then Chancellor George Osborne with securing an extra £600million for mental health services. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign headed be Prince William, his wife Kate, and Prince Harry. In November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in fighting for better services.

His main interests outside work are running, cycling, open water swiming, bagpipes and following Burnley FC. He took up running in 2003 at the instigation of his sons and he has run the London Marathon, the Great North Run, and the Great Ethiopian Run, and completed several full triathlons, all for Bloodwise, his best friend John Merritt having been killed by leukaemia.

His first novel, All In The Mind, appeared in November 2008, to enthusiastic reviews for its frank examination of mental illness. His second novel Maya, a gripping analysis of fame and the obsession it attracts, was published in February 2010. His third novel, published in September 2013, was called My Name Is, and tells the story of a young girl’s descent into alcoholism. This led to him becoming an ambassador for Alcohol Concern. His fourth novel, Saturday Bloody Saturday, co-written with former footballer Paul Fletcher, will be published in February 2018.

In October 2008 Alastair broadcast an award-winning one hour documentary on BBC2 about his own breakdown in 1986. Both the film, Cracking Up, and All In The Mind, won considerable praise from mental health charities and campaign groups for helping to break down the taboo surrounding mental health, leading to his election as Mind Champion of the Year award in May 2009. He made a further BBC documentary, ‘My Depression and Me’ in 2019, whuch he then turned into a best-selling book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression. He has also made an award-winning documentary about Burnley FC, another BBC documentary about alcoholism, and more recently a film about wildlife. He has made a film too about his love of bagpipe music, which ended with him performing in front of 2,500 people in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. He is currently making another mental health documentary.

He writes a monthly interview for GQ magazine, and has covered figures as varied as Prince William and Jose Mourinho, Al Gore and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Nicola Sturgeon and Nicola Adams. Passionate about sport, he was written about different sports for The Times, the Irish Times and Esquire magazine. He was communications adviser to the British and Irish Lions rugby tour of New Zealand in 2005. He led a fundraising drive for Burnley FC, a team he has supported since the age of four, when the club was in financial trouble. They are currently riding high in the Premier League. His charity projects have involved him playing football with both Diego Maradona and Pele, and appearing in a one off version of the popular TV programme, The Apprentice.

He does a weekly podcast with his daughter Grace, Football, Feminism and Everything in Between, in which they interview prominent figures from culture, sport, business and politics. He is active in social media where he does regular ‘Campbell’s Rambles’ live on Instagram, and his daily ‘Tree of the Day’ posts attract a widespread following around the world.

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