Talking is a Lifeline! Time to Change Wales talks at Mental Health Conference

The #TalkingIsALifeline campaign aims to encourage men to talk about their mental health without the fear of being judged. Talking is a Lifeline emphasises that talking about mental health might be one of the bravest things a man can do.

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Research conducted by Time to Change Wales found that self-stigma and a lack of understanding of mental health stops many men from talking to family and friends about their mental health problems because of fear and anxiety about negative consequences.

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Many men have told Time to Change Wales that the pressure to ‘man up’ and ‘be strong’ has led to them suffering in silence. The campaign uses everyday settings and accessible language to normalise conversation around mental health.

The three male heroes are relatable individuals for other men to aspire to and feel comfortable discussing mental health. They show how they have experienced positive change through talking openly about their mental health.

Time to Change Wales Campaign and Strategy Lead, June Jones will be speaking at Talking Mental Health National Conference on Thursday 10th October at Cardiff City Stadium

Tickets and more info is available here

 

 

10 Reasons to attend Mental Health Conference

 

Talking Mental Health National Conference takes place on World Mental Health Day

(Thursday 10th October) 10am – 4pm at Cardiff City Stadium.

 

 

Here are 10 great reasons to attend:

 

1. Every year one in four adults, along with one in ten children, will have a mental health issue.

 

2. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

 

3. The stigma attached to mental health causes a damaging, albeit ill-informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help.

 

4. We can make a difference and contribution by raising awareness

 

5. The best way to deal with this stigma is through facts and a better understanding of mental health problems. From identifying the causes, pinpointing solutions, and ultimately recognising that we are really dealing with medical issues.

 

6. Talking Mental Health is a National Conference that will be taking place to help people understand and recognise poor Mental Health and to make a difference.

 

7. We will have a range of key note speakers, talking about their own personal journeys with Mental Health Conditions, and sharing their recovery stories.

 

8. There will be a range of companies and services attending on the day, exhibiting how they can support people with a mental health condition.

 

9. There are plenty of opportunites to network with others and start aconversation about mental health

 

10. The event will be a day of inspiration, motivation, learning, networking, sharing and positivity around Mental Health

 

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Life with Autism and Mental Illness – Mair Elliott talks at Mental Health Conference

Mair is a young patient  activist, speaking openly about life with mental illness and autism.

We are delighted to be including her in the programme of amazing keynote speakers at the Talking Mental Health Conference at Cardiff City Stadium on World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10th October)

Mair’s activism includes public speaking, trying to affect change in mental health and/or autism services by contributing to relevant organisations, panels, committees and executive boards.

“I hope to break down misconceptions, stereotypes and stigma relating to mental illness and autism, and to create a future where mental health services are fit for purpose.”

 

We’re so excited to hear what she has to say at the event.

Tickets are available to book, with early bird prices available until the end of August

Book here

 

The Bipolar Businessman Talks at Mental Health Conference

Talking Mental Health National Conference will be taking place at Cardiff City Stadium on World Mental Health Day. (Thursday 10th October 2019)

The conference is full of knowledge, inspiration, success stories, all related to mental health conditions.

 

There will be fantastic key note speakers talking through out the day, one of which is Thomas Duncan Bell, otherwise known as The Bipolar Businessman.

 

Thomas is mental health speaker, working with everyone from the Institute of Directors, to Red Letter Days and even Prince William & Harry’s Heads Together Charity.

He also writes a blog called The Bipolar Businessman where he enlightens to others to the fact, that they’re not alone.

“My mission is to change peoples perception of mental health in business… to prove that it’s because of our diversity that we are more valuable assets as human beings… And if in reading my stories, or watching my videos, you find something, of that missing part of yourself, then I’m glad I was there as a catalyst for change…”

His talk is titled “Motivations & Discovery – The Path to Becoming More Human” and we cannot wait to hear his story.

For more information about the event or to book tickets please click here

 

Tips for dealing with exam results stress

After an intense few months of revising and worrying for many young people undertaking GCSE and A-Level exams, the results of their hard work will be revealed over the next few weeks, with A-level results this year taking place on 15th August, and GCSE’s on the 22nd. 

Although some may say that the hardest part is over, for many young people the days leading to results day will be full of anxiety, stress and doubt.  If you have a child, or care for someone who is dealing with the pressure of a doubtful exam results day, here are some positive steps you can take, and bits of advice to give them before and during the day. 

Discourage overuse of social media

In the lead-up to the day, and particularly the day itself, their social media feeds will be full of people posting about the upcoming results. Although some posts may help them see that others are in the same boat, the continuous reminder of these emotions may cause the young person to overthink things and cause further worry and panic. If they do not get the results they were hoping for, social media will be full of celebratory posts which could make them feel even worse. 

Suggesting some calming activities that could distract them such as a walk, or watching a favourite film.

Remind them that exam results aren’t everything

Although it may feel like the most important thing at the moment, there are so many qualities and skills in a person that can’t be measured by school exams. Remind them of the good qualities they have that make them special, and reassure them that no matter what results they have, you will be proud of their hard work and support them moving forward in life. 

Look to the future 

It’s important to remind the young person that even if they do not get the results they wanted or expected, there are always alternative routes to gain the life skills, qualifications and work experience they need to go forward in life. If they are in the right mindset, you could help them look for their next step – whether that be further learning through school, apprenticeship, college or university. 

Helping them look forward to the future will help to keep their spirits up, and may relieve some feelings of worry and anxiety. 

On our Youth Mental Health First Aid course, Ajuda cover topics including stress and anxiety, with lots of practical tips on ways of dealing with these with young people in your care. Our courses can be booked in-house at our Cardiff Bay Training Centre, or at a location of your choice for groups of 12 or more.  

Ajuda are also busy organising our upcoming Talking Mental Health Conference in Cardiff City Stadium on October 10th (World Mental Health Day). We have talks on the day about mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar, depression and more, along with a selection of mental health organisations, charities and services at our exhibition. 

You can order tickets for the conference here.

The Importance of Fathers Mental Health

On Thursday 10th October, we will be hosting Talking Mental Health National Conference, at Cardiff City Stadium.

 

Mark Williams is one of our fantastic keynote speakers and his seminar is titled “The Importance of Fathers Mental Health”

Mark is a keynote speaker, author and International campaigner. Mark has had a journey that will inspire you and that when you are rock bottom there is only one way to go and that is up. While having speech therapy and scared to speak on his school stage, now have spoken around the World at many conferences.

Both Mark and his wife Michelle suffered crippling anxiety after the birth and Mark hit rock bottom when he began to experience suicidal thoughts. And yet the reason for the torrent of negative emotions and spiralling depression had less to do with their son than the mental health issues that were confronting them. In hindsight Mark recognises that he had experienced a condition long recognised in mothers, that of post-natal depression.

The problem at the time was that Mark felt he could not speak to anyone about his stressful condition and ultimately it led to a breakdown. There is still a stigma attaching to men admitting that they have post-natal depression and this makes them reluctant to seek help or even talk to their friends and loved ones about it.

Eventually Mark was put on medication and took a course of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness which turned things around. Now Mark and Michelle are closer than ever as a couple and have a fantastic bond with their son. Mark wants to get the message out about the condition and the help available.

Perinatal mental health issues may arise in the final months of pregnancy and for up to six months after the birth. Today it is estimated that one father in three experiences post-natal depression. In Britain the estimate by the National Childbirth Trust is that 73% of new fathers worry about their partner’s mental health while 38% worry about their own mental health. Mark is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues for fathers and has already spoken at over 100 conferences and events. Mark has delivered workshops and training around the UK and has recently visited Australia before taking his message to New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family.

Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.

You can find out more on his website www.reachingoutpmh.co.uk

To book tickets to Talking Mental Health National Conference please visit Eventbrite here 

 

 

Talking Mental Health National Conference Agenda

 

 

 

Talking Mental Health National Conference

Taking place on World Mental Health Day

Thursday 10th October

At Cardiff City Stadium

9:00am – 4:00pm

Featuring inspirational and motivational keynote speakers, who will be sharing their knowledge and experience of living with mental health illnesses.

Topics include; Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia and Suicide.

Speakers will be sharing their journey of recovery and raising awareness about these conditions to help end the stigma against mental health.

There will also be an exhibition area where mental health organisations and businesses will be providing resources, knowledge and advice.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day and included in the ticket and exhibitor prices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda of the event

 

The conference begins at 9am where guests can help themselves to a hot or cold drink and delicious welsh cakes. The exhibition area will be open for guests to find out more from various metal health organisations and businesses.

Everyone (delegates and exhibitors) will be seated at 10:00am for the conference to begin. The host and founder of the event, Dawn Evans will open the conference and the first keynote speaker of the day, Thomas Bell – The Bipolar Businessman will be introduced to the stage to deliver his talk “Motivations & Discovery – The Path to Becoming More Human” This will then be followed by the second speaker, Rachel Kingsbury who will be sharing her story of Surviving Anxiety and Depression before the morning break.

During the morning break refreshments will be available and all guests are given an opportunity, to network with other guests and exhibitors in the exhibition area.

Everyone shall be seated again after the break and we will welcome three more guests to the stage. The first being June Jones who is the Campaign and Strategy Lead of Time to Change Wales. Her talk features the #TalkingIsALifeline campaign, which aims to encourage men to talk about their mental health without the fear of being judged. The fourth keynote speaker of the day is Andrew Dugmore who will be sharing his inspirational recovery story of serious mental illness, “Light at the end of the tunnel” We will then hear from Jeff Smith, founder of the event charity, Big Moose, who provides employment for the homeless at his coffee shop in the city centre of Cardiff.

The conference will then break for lunch, where everyone can help themselves to the buffet area, have an opportunity to network with delegates and speakers, and browse the exhibition stands.

After lunch we welcome two more amazing guests to the stage. Mair Elliott who will be sharing her story of life with mental illness and autism. Followed by Mark Williams, the founder of International Fathers Mental Health Day and the #Howareyoudad campaign after experiencing post-natal depression.

There will then be an afternoon break of hot drinks and a sweet treat before we are all seated back in the conference area for Q&A session where all the speakers will be on stage and delegates are given the opportunity to ask any questions.

It is going to incredible day of inspiration, motivation, knowledge and awareness focused around mental health.

If you would like more information or to book a ticket please get in touch with the team by calling 02920 576883, emailing dawn@ajuda.org.uk or rachel@ajuda.org.uk

Or you can find more details and all booking options on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-mental-health-national-conference-tickets-61777247410

Just to let you know that there are Early bird options for delegate tickets and exhibitor stands that end on the 31st August

 

 

Learn new skills this summer at Ajuda Training

Each month we provide courses at Ajuda Training Academy

June is jam packed with training courses that you can come along to from First Aid to Health, here’s the full calendar for this month

First Aid

This Regulated Qualification is ideal for anyone wishing to become an emergency first aider. This provides learners with skills and knowledge to deal with first aid situations in low risk workplace environments for the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) – 8th July / 5th August

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF) – 8th – 10th July / 5th – 7th August

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF) – 29th & 30th July

 

Book onto a First Aid Course here

 

Mental Health

Do you have a First Aider on site? What about a Mental Health First Aider? Your staff are more likely to encounter or experience mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or depression and need the tools and confidence to deal with these situations. Having a Mental Health First Aider on site will help you to spot the early signs of a mental health problem and encourage people to speak to the Mental Health First Aider and seek help. This will help reduce the effects on the individual, the people around them and encourage a speedier recovery in a supportive environment.

Mental Health First Aid (Wales) (Adult) – 25th& 26th July / 22nd & 23rd August

Mental Health First Aid (Wales) (Youth) – 17th & 18th July / 19th & 20th August

Book on to a Mental Health course here

 

 

Health & Safety

Health and Safety in the Workplace qualifications can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose. This course is designed to make staff more aware of Health & safety Issues within the workplace.

Level 2 Award in Health & Safety (RQF) – 2nd July

Level 2 Award in Safe Moving & Handling (RQF) – 13th August

Level 2 Award in Fire Safety and Fire Marshal (RQF) – 12th August

Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene (RQF) – 19th August

 

Book a course

Click here to book on a course online

Or speak to the team on 02920 576883

Carers Week 2019: The Facts and Figures

According to Carers UK, “1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers”, with the figure set to rise in the next few years with a predicted 9 million people to be involved in a care-giving role by 2037. These people often struggle in silence, which is why Carer’s Week is important to show support to the millions of people involved in caring.

“Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.“ – Carersweek.org

This week’s blog will take a look at some facts and figures about caring in the UK from Care Trust and other sources, and the types of sacrifices people in care-giving roles make to provide their loved ones with comfort and support.

Caring and Working

  • Carers save the economy £132 billion per year, an average of £19,336 per carer
  • Over 3 million people juggle care with work, however the significant demands of caring mean that 1 in 5 carers are forced to give up work altogether.
  • Carer’s Allowance is the main carer’s benefit and is £64.60 for a minimum of 35 hours, equivalent to £1.85 per hour – the lowest benefit of its kind.

Caring and Wellbeing

  • People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently sick or disabled
  • 72% of carers responding to Carers UK’s State of Caring Survey said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring.
  • 61% said they had suffered physical ill health as a result of caring.
  • Over 1.3 million people provide over 50 hours of care per week.

Caring and Education

  • Young carers can find it hard to go to school/college/university or keep up with course work. They can be bullied and find it difficult to make or keep friends. They can take on responsibilities well beyond their years and have little time for play or socialising or to be children or young people.
  • Caring may mean that you have to put your chance of a career on hold or never have the opportunity to have a career and reach your full potential.
  • Young adult carers aged between 16 and 18 years are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training (NEET).
  • Based on Census figures there are estimated to be at least 376,000 young adult carers in the UK aged 16–25.

 

When in a caring role, it can be very difficult to find the time and support to develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a future job, and the carers may sometimes feel that they are falling behind where their friends and colleagues have many opportunities to develop.

To fit around busy lives, Ajuda have a huge range of online training courses designed for individuals who are too busy to attend a physical training course. These courses can be paused at any point, so they’re great to fit in to a busy care-giving schedule as you can return to them as and when you would like.

Whether the learner wants to learn crucial skills for their current care role with our Health and Social Care courses, or want to gain some experience for the future in disciplines such as Business or Employability Skills – we have something for everyone on our website.

If you know any individuals currently in a caring role that would like to gain knowledge and skills, please point them to our website and social media where we also sometimes have some great discounts and give-aways for our courses too!

 

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Course information

Emotional Intelligence is a set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well you perceive and express yourself, maintain social relationships and cope with challenges. It’s not just a passing management fad, in fact it is based on a great body of data, based on studies of tens of thousands of working people taken from a wide range of industries.

The research shows which qualities make a star performer and while Emotional Intelligence isn’t the sole predictor of performance potential, it has been proven to be a key indicator in this area.

This course will introduce the concept of emotional intelligence and look at how you can use it in effective and meaningful ways. It will examine the difference between emotional intelligence and IQ and dispel some of the myths surrounding emotional intelligence. It contains a sections on the advantages and disadvantages of using emotional intelligence and considers the biological purpose for emotions and how best to manage them. Finally it will highlight the role played by emotions in the workplace and provide practical advice including tips for using emotional intelligence to deal effectively with emotions in situations that can arise in the workplace.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at supervisors and managers that want to develop more effective relationships with members of their teams. The course can be a great starting point for people new to their leadership role as well as more established
managers that want to enhance their skills. This acts as a great introduction to the subject and covers the key concepts and theories relating to emotional intelligence.

This course is for individuals who are doing the training for themselves or for businesses who might want to put all of their first line management team through the training, so they are all working in the same way and have the same skill set.

Advantages

CPD approval means that this course can be used by those that need to prove they are continually developing themselves.
Online training is flexible, efficient and cost effective meaning the candidate can progress through the modules at their own pace and in their own time, so they can fit the training in around their work and personal life

Further Progression
For candidates that want to add more qualifications to their CV our Leadership Skills course is ILM approved and can provide them with another recognised management qualification.
For candidates specifically interested in developing resilient teams our Developing Teamwork course goes hand in hand with this one and expands on some of the key ideas and how they can be applied to teams.
For candidates new to management roles Managing Meetings would be a great next step although working through any of our range of Business Skills courses would be valuable.

Number of modules: 4

Course Duration: 50 Minutes 
(Note: This is based on the video content shown and is rounded off. It does not account in any way for loading time or thinking time on the questions)

Course Price: £65

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Ajuda launch a Mental Health conference

Talking Mental Health is a conference that shall be taking place on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10th October 2019.

Dawn and Rachel are very passionate about sharing knowledge and advice about Mental Health, so this day will be filled with just that.

The conference will be held from 10am to 4pm at Cardiff City Stadium and will include;

 

  • Keynote Speakers
  • A day of Inspiration
  • Free Resources
  • Expert Knowledge
  • Professional Advice
  • Success Stories
  • 2 Course Lunch
  • Refreshments

 

Early bird tickets: £75 +VAT

Regular price: £95 +VAT

 

You can book tickets online here

Learn lifesaving skills at Ajuda this June

Each month we provide courses at Ajuda Training Academy

June is jam packed with training courses that you can come along to from First Aid to Health, here’s the full calendar for this month

First Aid

3rd & 4th June – Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work Refresher (RQF)

17th June – Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF)

17th – 19th June – Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (RQF)

 

Train the Trainer

10th – 12th June – First Aid Trainer / Assessor

13th June – Defib Instructor Course

 

Employment Skills

6th June – Interview Skills

20th June – Employability Skills

 

Mental Health

27th & 28th June – Mental Health First Aid (Wales) (Adult)

 

Health & Safety

24th June – Level 2 Award in Safe Moving & Handling (RQF)

25th – Level 2 Award in Fire Safety and Fire Marshal (RQF)

26th – Level 2 Award in Food Hygiene (RQF)

 

Book a course

Click here to book on a course online

Or speak to the team on 02920 576883