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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.

Holly Bourne announced as Live Speaker

Our first special guest speaker to be announced for May 20th 2021's Virtual Mental health and Wellbeing Show is……. HOLLY BOURNE!

About Holly

Holly Bourne is a best-selling author whose books are inspired by young people, her own experiences of everyday sexism, and her passion for getting everyone talking about the importance of mental health. Holly previously worked as a journalist and spent six years as an editor and general agony aunt at a mental health and relationships youth charity. Holly Bourne is now an ambassador for Women’s Aid and is a passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.

The Stories We Tell About Mental Health

Times bestselling author, Holly Bourne, has built her career writing books that tell the truth about the realities of mental illness, helping her readers feel seen and understood. But how can you write about these issues safely? And what changes are happening in the way we view mental illness that need to be addressed in fiction? Holly talks you through how a trauma-informed approach to mental health informs her fiction, and how we can use stories about imaginary people to explore the realities of our own struggles.

Along with 100+ confirmed seminars including: 

  • The history of the MHFA Program – it all started with a dog walk 
    Betty Ann Kitchener       
  • So, working systemically with families to challenge negative thinking in children and young people?
    Tracy Pike MBE   
  • Families, fitness and Covid-19!
    Helen Battelley 
  • Eating to be Pain Free 
    Dolores Thomas 
  • Leading through the heart of wellbeing: Breaking the barriers of attainment in education
    Kelly Hannaghan              .
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  • PTSD – The fall and rise
    Carl Jones           
  • Why Every Workplace Needs a Mental Health First Aider
    Dawn Evans 
  • Survival Tips for Anxiety and Depression 
    Gwen Goddard   
  • Creating a Kinder Culture of Trust Drives Employee Energy 
    David Beeney    
  • How to start a conversation with someone with low mental health 
    Layla Fear 
  • What’s co-occurring? The complex needs of someone using substances 
    Charlotte Hopkins             
  • Lessons learnt – when employers don’t manage their workforce mental health 
    Fflur Jones         
  •  Why Won't You Eat? (how anorexia consumed me).
    Lauren DuPlessis              . 
  • The 40 Day Breathing Plan 
    Samira Mohamed Ali      
  • Understanding Dementia and the needs of carers: what is Dementia and the impact of diagnosis? 
    Victoria Lyons     
  • M Factor: Mood and Motivation for Mental Health 
    Fin O'Regan        . 
  • The Curious Case of ADHD 
    Fin O'Regan         
  • Fighting for a Fair Start: Perinatal Mental Health 
    Sarah Witcombe Hayes   
  • Fathers' Mental Health 
    Mark Williams     
  • Surviving addiction and Childhood Trauma: My Story      
    Ryan Donovan   
  • Suicide: A Survivor's Story
    Jeremy O’Dwyer 
  • Men's Mental Health 
    Ryan Ridgway 

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’
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