Talking Mental Health National Conference will return in 2020

The first Talking Mental Health Conference in Wales was so successful that will be staged for a second year, organiser Dawn Evans has revealed.

The event held at Cardiff City Stadium to coincide with World Mental Health Day on October 10 was sponsored by Remploy and opened by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Daniel De’Ath.

Among the 120 attendees were Jack Sergeant Alyn & Deeside AM and Dr Henk Parmentier, Vice President for Europe at the World Federation for Mental Health.

Following the death of his father Carl, suicide prevention campaigner Mr Sergeant has launched an initiative called The 84, named after the 84 men who take their own lives each week in the UK.

Jack said: “The more we can talk about mental health, the more we can help people get through their days.”

There were 30 exhibitors including Mind Cymru and Action For Children, and the line-up of speakers included former Bristol, Wigan Athletic, and Wales footballer David Cotterill, who talked about the pressures of international football and their effect on mental health, and June Jones, the Campaign and Strategy Lead for Time To Change Wales, which aims to end the stigma associated with having a mental health issue.

Peter Davies, Regional Director, Wales, for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, also talked about the mental health support it provides to soldiers, veterans, and their families, and Rachel Kingsbury, a mental health first aid trainer with the Ajuda Training Academy, spoke about the impact of anxiety and depression.

Dawn, the CEO of Ajuda, a multi-award-winning specialist mental health and vocational training company based in Cardiff, said: “We offer groundbreaking mental health first aid training to our clients and we see how important talking about this issue is for so many people in workplaces across Wales.

“So, we decided to bring people together to talk about the subject, to share insights, create strong relationships, and share best practice. We hope our conference will help to end the stigma about discussing mental health.

“The event had such a warm reception that we felt we must host the conference again next year in Cardiff on October 8.”

Dawn is also the driving force behind the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show which will be coming to Cardiff on May 21, 2020. You can book tickets here.

There will be 60 exhibitors and 20 seminars all on topics related to mental health and wellbeing.

Attendance is free with seminars starting at £10 and the show sponsorship partner will be Remploy.

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

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

The stigma attached to mental health issues can make it more difficult for those affected to pursue help.

We can make a difference and contribution by raising awareness. Talking Mental Health is a national conference to help people understand and recognise poor mental health and to make a difference.

Keynote speakers talked about their own personal journeys with mental health conditions, sharing their recovery stories. A range of companies and services attended on the day, showing how they support people with a mental health condition.

The event was a day of inspiration, motivation, learning, networking, sharing and positivity around mental health.

Do you have a mental health lead in your school?

WHY MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported. The YMHFA (Wales) course teaches adults who have frequent contact with adolescents, such as parents, guardians, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

The Government Green Paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ plans for every school and college to have a designated lead in mental health by 2025. The designated Youth Mental Health First Aider will be a trained member of staff who is responsible for the school’s approach to mental health.

This course is designed to meet this requirement by providing you with a clear understanding of the role of the school mental health lead. This step-by-step course will take you through essential skills needed to develop a multidisciplinary, whole systems approach through effective practice procedures to ensure the improvement of mental health and wellbeing in your school.

COURSE CONTENT & AIMS:

The YMHFA course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems including:

 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

 

Mental health crises:

 

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

 

  • To raise awareness and understanding of mental health problems in young people
  • To build confidence to help a young person experiencing a problem
  • To preserve life where a young person may be a risk to themselves or others
  • To provide help on a ‘First Aid’ basis
  • To reduce the effect of a mental health problem and prevent the problem escalating
  • To encourage early intervention and speedier recoveries
  • To provide comfort to a young person experiencing mental distress
  • To know where to refer the young person to for the right on-going help

It is designed to be interactive and participants are encouraged (if they wish) to share views and experiences. Whist sharing experiences can benefit the training experience participants must be aware that Mental Health First Aid is designed to help participants support others and is not intended as a therapy session for the participant. This is for the comfort for all participants.

Please note that due to the sensitive topics discussed within the training it is recommended that participants have a level of well-being before attending.

COURSE DATES

 

The next course wil be on the 21st & 22nd November

 

Dates of upcoming courses can be found on our website here

For in-house bookings we can deliver this anywhere in Wales, for groups between 6-12 participants.

COURSE COST

 

£140 + vat per person or £1,400 + vat for an in-house course for up to 12 people

 

COURSE VENUE

 

We run this course monthly at Ajuda Training Academy in Cardiff Bay.

LENGTH OF COURSE

2 days / 14 hours

It is recommended that these 2 days are run consecutively however they can be spread across a maximum of 2 sessions within 3 weeks.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

We provide a fully qualified, experienced trainer, all the course materials, and certificates for participants on completion of the course.

BOOKINGS

To book a course or find out more information call Rachel on 029 20576883

Email: rachel@ajuda.org.uk

Or book direct on our website here 

There’s still time to gain qualifications this year at Ajuda Training

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Are your training qualifications up to date?

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At Ajuda we have a range of training courses taking place each week at our Training Academy in Cardiff Bay.

 

Why chose us for your training needs?

 

  • We ensure that we deliver an outstanding customer service to all our clients.
  • We will teach anyone, anytime & anywhere
  • We tailor our courses to meet the individual needs and requirements of all our clients, old and new
  • We ensure that they have an enjoyable experience, by creating a comfortable, enjoyable learning experience, providing additional support when needed, enabling candidates to succeed.

 

OUR COURSES

 

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MHFA (Wales) Adult

2 Day Course

16th & 17th December

£120 + vat per person

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First Aid at Work 

3 Day course

18th – 20th November

£210 + vat per person

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MHFA (Wales) Youth

2 Day Course

21st & 22nd November

£140 + vat per person

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Emergency First Aid at Work 

1 Day course

18th November

£90 + vat per person

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Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

2 Day Course

 

25th & 26th November

£160 + vat per person

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Level 2 Fire Safety & Fire Marshal

1 Day course

5th November

£90 + vat per person

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First Aid Trainer 

3 Day Course

5th – 7th November

£425 + vat per person

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2020 Calendar

 

Planning ahead?

Download our 2020 calendar

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

 

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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

 

BOOK TICKETS HERE

 

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!