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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!


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:

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.

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.

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