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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.

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.

Exhibitor Sales Now Open for MHW Cardiff 2021!

Exhibitor Sales Now Open for MHW Cardiff 2021!

View Booked Exhibitors Here

Book Your Organisation’s Stand Here

Alongside our great Online Events, did you know we are also planning a big LIVE event for 2021 in Cardiff City Stadium? 

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show will take place on 20th May 2021, after being postponed for the year due to the current pandemic. We can’t wait to bring you an amazing day full of inspiration and knowledge around a large number of mental health & wellbeing related topics. 

Learn more about the seminars here. 

As well as 30 seminars on offer, we also have a great exhibition with space for over 50 organisations to spread the word about their upcoming projects, services they provide or to raise awareness of the great work they go.

To view our current exhibitors, click here.   

We are currently looking for organisations to join our exhibition – this could be the perfect opportunity for your organisation!  

View our stand options here:

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:

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

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The MHW Show is going virtual for 2020!

Despite the ongoing situation of COVID-19, it’s important that people across the world feel connected, engaged and busy during this period of uncertainty. The MHW Show team recognise the importance of this, and we have decided to organise a new virtual conference to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week which starts on 18th May! 

Our new event: Mental Health & Wellbeing ONLINE will begin on the 18th May and run until 21st May, with lots on offer from the comfort of your living room!

From 10am – 12pm on Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May we will be running FREE online conference sessions featuring a range of speakers, with a partner charity selected every day.

On Thursday 21st, we will be running a six-hour conference from 9am – 3pm with a fantastic line-up of mental health experts for just £12 per ticket! (A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to our three featured charities from earlier in the week)

Tickets for both the FREE events and the MAIN EVENT can both be ordered via this link. 

 

Monday 18th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Samira Mohammed Ali – The Kindness Wheel and Breathing Exercises

Chris Kingsbury – Introducing the access to work mental health support service

Charlotte Hopkins – What’s Co-occurring? The Unexpected Wellbeing Harms Impacting Your Team

Rhian Mannings MBE– Supporting suddenly bereaved families

 

Tuesday 19th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Julian John – Positive About Potential

Dr Bridget Kirsopp – Can You Be Logical About Kindness?

Gwen Goddard – Kindness When It’s Difficult 

Phil Davies – Men’s Shed UK

 

Wednesday 20th May – 10:00am – 12:00pm

Mark Colbourne MBE – “I Know I Made a Difference”

Jennifer Barnfield – The PEPP Talk

Emily Nuttall – Mental Health First Aid

Linda James – Be Kind or Be Quiet

 

Thursday 21st May – 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

Betty Ann Kitchener (AM) – The History of the MHFA Program – it all started with a dog walk

Steve Carr – Emotional Recovery after Experiencing a Crisis 

Mark Williams – The Importance of Father’s Mental Health

Lloyd Ashley – “We all need to know our toolkit”

Tolouse Dove Francis – ‘Option B: Finding Joy in spite of”

Sue Worrall – Nutrition

Anil Gupta – The Happiness Formula

To book a free ticket for the Monday to Wednesday sessions, or to buy a £12 ticket for the Thursday, you can easily book on Eventbrite here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-wellbeing-show-online-tickets-103313425236

ANNOUNCEMENT: MHW Show to be Postponed

Due to the current escalation of the COVID-19 virus, and the unpredictability faced in the next few months, we regret to inform you that the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show is being postponed for a year.

The new date of the event is 20th May 2021 in Cardiff City Stadium.

This decision from the organizing team was not taken lightly, however our duty of care to our visitors, speakers, exhibitors and staff is our utmost priority in this situation. We want to ensure that every single participant of our event feels safe and able to attend the event regardless of their age or level of health.

Holding back the event for a whole year will ensure we can provide an event to the size and scale we strive for, while also not compromising the overall experience for our customers.

Please hold on to your free entry tickets, as they will still be valid for the 2021 event.

On a positive note, we are still hoping our October Talking Mental Health Conference will be able to go ahead, and as a goodwill gesture we would like to offer all attendees of the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show a £30 discount to attend the October event.

Discounted Ticket Link Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-mental-health-national-conference-2020-tickets-80017104313?discount=MHW20

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for your continued support, and we look forward to bringing you our exciting events at a more stable time.

Best wishes,

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Show Team

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