International Nurses Day 2020

May 12th is International Day of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, Ajuda joins hundreds of organisations worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and say a massive thank you for all the work they do on a day to day basis.



Historically, as well as today, nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics –  providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital.


We hope that as many people as possible from around the world will take part in this global moment of reflection by sharing their stories, photos and tributes on social media using the hashtag #RememberHealthHeroes. Tonight at 20.30 people all around the world will world will light a candle or even use the light on their mobile phones, to show respect for the health workers lost to this pandemic.

Celebrate VE Day at Home with your Family in Lockdown

VE Day is Friday 8th May – Let's celebrate at home with family while self-isolating?

This year, VE Day will coincide with the early May Day bank holiday, making it the perfect time to get together with your household for a celebration. The UK may be in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a weekend of celebrations to mark this special moment in history.

Why do we celebrate VE Day?

VE Day marked the end of World War 2 – and in turn, the end of Adolf Hitler’s reign. As such, it was a cause for celebration all over the world. At 3pm that day, Prime Minister Winston Churchill told the nation that the war was over. In London, a crowd of 50,000 celebrated the momentous event in Piccadilly Circus, cheering and waving flags in the street. This year is particularly poignant, given that it’s the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Join The Nation in a two minute silence

At 11am, a national two-minute silence will be held to remember the sacrifice of those who fought in the war.

Toast to the Heroes

At 3pm, Britons are being invited to take to their doorsteps to raise a glass, cheer and clap during The National Toast to the Heroes of World War Two.

Join in a National sing-along

Music helped to keep morale high in wartime and we could all use a little boost ourselves in these times of uncertainty.

Dame Vera Lynn will lead us in a nationwide sing-along to wartime classic We'll Meet Again on Friday night.

The 103-year-old singer will perform from a window at her Sussex home just after 9pm, following the Queen's special address to the nation.

Let's all join her and lift the spirits of the nation

VE Day 75: The People's Celebration airs on BBC One from 8pm.

Vera Lynn Now & Then

The world must know what happened, and never forget.’ – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

3 Reasons why it’s important to renew your training qualifications

Qualification renewal is crucial, whether it is for first aid, fire safety, or food hygiene, not only to keep your qualifications up to date but your knowledge too. You know how to get a certificate, but did you know it’s important to keep it current?


Why is it important to renew?



1. The guidelines and procedures can change

Each year, new medical advancements are made, guidelines are revisited and procedures can be updated or amended. To stay on top of all changes, regular training renewal is vital. You don’t want to perform a previous version of a procedure if there is a newer, more effective version available, especially when it comes to life-saving procedures


2. To continually refresh skills and knowledge

Even if only a few details have changed since you last did a training course, if you’re not performing first aid and CPR on a regular basis you’re likely to start to forget little things.

Keep your skills and knowledge refreshed and stay in practice by renewing within the recommended three-year time frame for first aid or every 12 months for the CPR component.


3. Stay confident

It’s one thing to know the techniques, but it’s another to have the confidence to apply them when the time comes. Regular training ensures that you will always have the confidence (along with those life-saving skills) to act quickly and effectively when faced with a potentially stressful medical situation.







MHFA (Wales) Adult

2 Day Course

11th & 12th March

21st & 22nd April

£120 + vat per person



First Aid at Work 

3 Day course

23rd – 25th March

27th – 29th April

£210 + vat per person



MHFA (Wales) Youth

2 Day Course

16th & 17th April

29th & 30th June

£140 + vat per person



ImageEmergency First Aid at Work 

1 Day course

23rd March

27th April

£90 + vat per person



Level 3 Paediatric First Aid

2 Day Course

2nd & 3rd March

6th & 7th May

£160 + vat per person



Level 2 Fire Safety & Fire Marshal

1 Day course

13th March

1st April

£90 + vat per person



First Aid Trainer 

3 Day Course

6th – 8th April

£425 + vat per person




2020 Calendar

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Time for Defibruary!

Around 30,000 people in Britain every year suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in the community and around 8,000 people suffer in Wales from the same reason. They can affect anyone at any time – from young children at school, to adults when they are at work or at home. In that case it seems to be important to know what a defibrillator is, how to use it and where to find it – isn’t it?

What does #defibruary actually stands for?

The combination of words defibrillator and February aims to create an action which will increase the awareness of defibrillators importance. The Welsh Ambulance Service dedicated the whole month for educating people how to use those lifesaving devices to decrease the negative effects of cardiac arrests. The victim’s chances for survival are close to 90% if defibrillator is used within the first minute of collapse. For every minute that defibrillation is delayed, survival decreases by 7% to 10%. Delay for over 10 minutes decreases the chance of survival in adults to less than 5 percent. The greater knowledge about defibrillators the greater chances to save lives!

Defibrillators – all you need to know

Defibrillator called also AED – automated external defibrillator is a portable lifesaving device used to administer an electric shock to the heart and restore the heart’s normal rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. If the heart can be shocked quickly with an AED, a normal heart rhythm may be restored. Due to being portable, automated and easy to use defibrillators can be used in public places and at home.

How to use them?

Although not all defibrillators look the same, they function broadly in the same way. The most important thing you can do if you come across the unconscious and unresponsive person is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing in the organism. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation after experiencing a heart attack reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%. If you do have a defibrillator these are a few steps that you need to follow:

  1. Turn the defibrillator on with the green button and follow its instructions.
  2. Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin as it’s shown in the picture on the defibrillator (one on each side of the chest).
  3. Once you attach the pads, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient.
  4. The defibrillator will analyse the patient’s heartbeat and assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button (an automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without prompt).
  5. The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
  6. If so, continue with CPR procedure until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again, or until the ambulance arrives.

Locate your nearest AED

Make sure that you know where the nearest defibrillator in your area is. The AED location map can be found at It has developed over 12 years to assist people living in communities to know in advance where their local public defibrillator may be positioned in case of emergency. These are places in Cardiff where you can find AEDs:

Importance of AED in your workplace

Every workplace has to invest in certain items to protect its staff members and keep them safe from harm. These include first aid kits, fire blankets and fire distinguishers. However, AED is often left off the list and so we have to make sure that this lifesaving device is located in our workplace. Survival rates of sudden cardiac arrests are very low – without immediate treatment, a massive 90 to 95% of SCA victims will not survive. For optimum survival rates, a person suffering from an SCA needs a shock from a defibrillator.

A shocking 13% of workplace fatalities are due to someone suffering from SCA, which just shows how important it is to have a defibrillator in the workplace. Business owners and HR managers need to understand the risks. When it comes to SCAs, the severity of the potential risk is incredibly high. For the cost of a new computer or a round of drinks at the office party, you could purchase a device that can, quite literally, be the difference between life and death.

Apart from having the AED at your workplace, managers should also prepare their workers for various situations by giving them specific first aid trainings. Our company can help you deliver them to both your workplace and individually. Check out our classroom and online training courses at and make sure your workers can feel safe at the workplace!

JOIN #defibruary

This campaign exists to raise awareness of the impact of using a defibrillator. It also encourages the public to sign up to free first aid training classes and to raise money and fundraise to place more defibrillators within the community. At you can find all the additional information about the action and some materials to share. We encourage you to be the part of it and help us spread awareness!


Be the one who makes a change!

Become a first aider this February

The workplace can seem like a safe place, but, there are risks you wouldn’t think of until they happen. An accident can occur at any time and if it did, who in the workplace is trained to help? It is a legal requirement as a company to ensure your employees receive immediate attention. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider First Aid Training for employees. 

1. It can save lives

2. Reduce the number of workplace accidents


3. Positive work environment

4. Your company will be safer place to work


5. First aid kits are used properly

6. It can reduce recovery time


7. It can keep employees safe outside of the workplace

8. It’s a great team-building exercise


9. It gives your employees confidence and clarity during an emergency
First aid training doesn’t just teach your staff how to treat patients in need of first aid, it also gives them confidence and effectively manage an emergency without fear, confusion or overwhelm.

10. The cost of a First Aid at Work Training course is nothing compared to that of potentially saving a live.
Providing first aid and CPR training doesn’t cost much, but it will go a long way to ensuring workplace health and safety.

If this has given you something to think about we have many Training Courses available at Ajuda Training Academy, take a look at our course calendar, give us a call on 02920 576883, or email

First Aid at Work 3 Day course

24th – 25th February

23rd – 25th March

27th – 29th April

£210 + vat per person

Wutan Coronavirus outbreak – keep safe and stop the spread!

Wutan Coronavirus has hit the headlines in the past few weeks, and has caused devastating effects in areas of China such as Wutan which has been hit the hardest with this new and deadly virus strain.

Yesterday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at level 4 – meaning that the worldwide public have been warned against travelling to China, and those in affected Chinese areas are stranded in the infectious conditions. Reports today claim that two people in the UK are now affected by the virus.

In the past week there have been traces of the virus found in over 18 countries among 98 people – meaning that this deadly virus has the potential to travel all over the world and cause a devastating effect across the entire globe.

The most dangerous thing about global viruses is their ability to spread like wildfire – and it is important for us to play our part in minimising the devastating effects of this disease in its early stages.  

The best course of action for the average person is simply to avoid spreading the disease further, as Coronavirus is transmitted via respiratory droplets which are produced when a person coughs or sneezes.

We have a variety of items on our Ajuda shop which are designed to limit the transmission of these types of viruses – which are easy to order and high quality for a reasonable price. Please note all orders will include VAT, and there’s also a £10 postage charge.

Face Mask Type 1 – Reliance FFP2 Face Masks

These are our highest quality and most protective facemasks we have on offer on our online store and is described as a “Protective mask for biohazard protection.”

Using one of these masks will create a barrier around your mouth so that the infection has no way of getting in and being transmitted.

This pack includes 20 masks.

Price: £24.47

Face Mask Type 2 – Reliance Non-Woven Face Masks

These masks are designed for lightweight general use, and are described as “Disposable masks for general protection”.

In comparison to our other masks, they will not provide as effective a level of protection from Coronavirus, but are an affordable option for those who would like peace of mind.

This pack includes 50 masks.

Price: £8.11

Alcohol Hand Sanitiser

Keeping your hands clean is another top tip to slow the spread of coronavirus, as a lot of infections are spread through our hands when we touch one another or objects such as door handles and public-use buttons.

This hand sanitiser is effective within 30 seconds of application, and contains 70% denatured ethanol with emollient.

This pack contains 24 bottles of 100ml sanitiser.

Price: £73.57


Our new shop allows you to stock up on much-needed medical plus health & safety equipment and protection to ensure you are always prepared for an emergency at home or at work. We stock hundreds of items on our online shop – take a look today to see the great products we offer!

Time to change, Time To Talk day 2020

Nowadays, around 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems. That is a good enough reason to end the stigma around it. Join us and support Time To Talk Day on 6th February 2020. Help us fight the discrimination of people touched by mental illness!

What it is all about?

This day was created to raise awareness about the mental health problems and help to end the stigma around this topic. Many people claim that that stigma and discrimination are as damaging, or more damaging, than the symptoms of their mental health problem. This year we use ‘Would you rather?’ game to spread the importance of conversations about the mental health. By getting people talk about it we can help break down stereotypes connected with the issue that affects us all. This day is a perfect opportunity to gather around your family and friends and encourage them to talk about their problems.

How can you help?

Did you ever think that chatting with a person who suffers from a mental illness can actually save a life? If not, it is time for you to do something about it because you can change someone’s life with a short conversation. Just be there for them. Let them talk and you just listen to them.

It is often the thing that they need the most to feel valued and cared about. They need you to listen to them and not to rush them. Let them finish. Then ask some additional question to better understand how they are feeling. Help them get rid off the burden they were carrying for this whole time.

After having a conversation, try to signpost them to the closest organisation which can help them. There are some examples of support services:

Ajuda for mental health

The topic of mental health is extremally important for our company as we focus on educating people to save lives. You can save lives not only by helping people with their physical problems but most importantly you can save lives by talking with people and listening to them. This way you can help them with more complicated psychological issues.

To highlight the importance of the mental health and to increase the awareness about this topic we created a separate full-day event. Mental Health & Wellbeing Show is taking place on 21st of May 2020 in Cardiff City Stadium. This is the show dedicated to mental health and aiming to promote positive mental health through open conversation, promoting awareness and sharing real-life experiences. Our seminar speakers focus on topics such as coping with mental illness, ways to promote positive mental health, and how to support people around you who are suffering with ill mental health. Apart from the seminars, there will also be an open exhibition with over 60 charities, organisations and companies promoting their helpful resources, services and initiatives all focused on supporting mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the event on our website:

Make a change and contribute to Time To Talk Day. Help your family and friends and think about our show. Maybe it is a good occasion to buy them a ticket for one of our seminars?

New year new skills! Here’s what courses are taking place at Ajuda training academy.

Why not set yourself some goals for 2020 and gain qualification and life skills that could even save lives?

That’s what we are all about here at Ajuda – educating people to save lives.


Here’s what courses are taking place over the next few months.



You can book courses direct on our website or you can give the team a call on 02920 576883 and we’d be happy to help with any enquiries


Here’s what Ajuda got up to in 2019

We celebrated our 10th anniversary, launched brand new courses, won awards, trained hundreds of delegates in a range of courses, launched a new website, and launched 2 new events




We celebrated 10 years of Ajuda!


A very special milestone was hit in 2019, too, with Ajuda celebrating a whole 10 years in business! In this past decade we have trained over 60,000 people, developed an extensive catalogue of popular courses, and worked with some fantastic people and organisations over the years.


To celebrate, Ajuda had a 10 year party at the Copthorne Hotel in Cardiff which included a fantastic meal, entertainment and a charity auction.


The chosen charity for the event was the ABF Soldiers’ Charity, a charity that our director Dawn supports regularly.

We hope that the next 10 years will bring us just as much fun!







New Mental Health Courses Launched!


2019 saw the launch of some brand new Mental Health First Aid courses on offer to our customers.


According to Mind Charity, every year 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.


At Ajuda we want to be at the forefront of the battle to stop the stigma surrounding mental health, and training people to spot and treat the signs of mental illness is key to reducing the number of people suffering in silence.


We offer both adult and youth training for mental health, and can offer the course in-house at our Cardiff Bay training centre or at a venue of your choice. Please check our website for the next upcoming course dates.


Hundreds of delegates trained in First Aid, Food Safety, Fire Safety, Manual Handling and much more!


We’re pleased to see that people are fulfilling their recommended  training requirements.


We are incredibly proud of the feedback we have been receiving from delegates across all of our courses in the past few months and would like to thank all of our trainers for their exceptional training delivery.


We run regular training courses at our Training Academy in Cardiff Bay but we can also provide in house training at your workplace, business or school.

We are flexible and accommodate our customers to meet their training needs.


We even use real fire on our Fire Safety training!





You can book courses direct on our website




The ABF Soldiers’ Charity is one very close to Dawn’s heart, and she regularly fundraises for them in a variety of different ways including her events. In September, Dawn took on another big challenge for ABF Soldiers’ charity – climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco.


Standing at 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and the tallest mountain in North Africa.


Dawn took on the challenge accompanied by her husband, Ianto, who both served in the army for a combined total of 45 years.


Together they smashed the challenge, and also raised an amazing £4,132.33 for the charity.


Thanks to all those who donated and supported.





We launched a brand new website at the start of the year, which means you can now book places on our open courses online, direct from the website.

You can also view all our courses, read interesting and helpful articles, download our brochures and much more.

We will soon be launching a brand new website shop where you can purchase a range of first aid supplies 💻


  • First Aid Kits
  • Sports Kits
  • Catering Kits
  • Training Supplies
  • Bandages
  • Dressings
  • Survival Blankets
  • AED’s
  • Gloves
  • Signage
  • Books
  • And much more!




To coincide with the launch of our new mental health courses, we have also created two brand new events. We recognised that there was a big demand in Wales for more discussion and awareness around mental health, illness and wellbeing – so we have decided to give our customers what they want and create bigger events for these topics.

Our annual Talking Mental Health Conference was officially launched on 10th October 2019, and welcomed over 120 delegates, 25 exhibitors and 7 speakers to Cardiff City Stadium for a day of inspirational talks and real-life experiences of dealing with mental illness. We are also preparing for our bigger Mental Health & Wellbeing Show which will also be held in Cardiff City Stadium, which will include over 50 exhibitors, 30 speakers and we already have over 400 people booked to attend!

If you would like any more information on how to get involved with these, please contact us today!





Take Care of Your Mental Health

this Christmas


Keep Warm this Winter

with these tips


 Christmas fire safety tips for your home


Stay safe his winter with our health & safety tips




Emergency First Aid

(1 day course)

£90+ Vat 

27th January

24th February


First Aid at Work

(3 day course)

£210+ Vat

27th – 29th January

24th – 26th February


Adult Mental Health First Aid

(2 day course)

21st & 22nd January

11th & 12th February


Youth Mental Health First Aid

(2 day course)

4th & 5th February

16th & 17th April

Take a look at the full 2020 open course calendar


We can also deliver in house training at your venue!


Get in touch to find out more




Zokit Business of the Year Award Winner


It’s always an amazing feeling in the office when the Ajuda team are recognised for our efforts and achievements in educating people to save lives. So, the team are absolutely over the moon to be named as “Business of the Year 2019” at this year’s Zokit Sprinconf!



Winner of the Welsh Vetrans Award


A word from Dawn:


“Super proud this evening, I was honoured to be a finalist, but for Ajuda to be announced as the overall winner for Business was just awesome. For those who don’t know I served in the military for 12 years, not only did it make the strong women that I am today but it’s where I met my husband Ianto who was also serving solider. A massive thank you to Sean Molino and the team at the Welsh Veterans Awards for putting together a great evening.”






Why use our online training platform?

Online training is;

  • Flexible
  • Efficient
  • Cost effective
  • You can progress through the modules at your own pace and time
  • Fit the training in around your work and personal life
  • 3 attempts to pass
  • Print out your certificate there and then


We have over 80 training courses to chose from!

Happy new year! Save on training courses when booking in January!


Good morning!Can you believe we’re now in 2020? We hope you had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year! Our office is now back open and so we are offering a 15% discount on all training courses booked this month!And there’s plenty to chose from, just take a look below




MHFA (Wales) Adult2 Day Course
11th & 12th February11th & 12th March£120 + vat per person
First Aid at Work 3 Day course
27th – 29th January24th – 25th February23rd – 25th March£210 + vat per person


MHFA (Wales) Youth2 Day Course
4th & 5th February16th & 17th April29th & 30th June£140 + vat per person
Emergency First Aid at Work 1 Day course
27th January24th February23rd March£90 + vat per person


Level 3 Paediatric First Aid2 Day Course
2nd & 3rd March6th & 7th May£160 + vat per person
Level 2 Fire Safety & Fire Marshal1 Day course
18th February1st April£90 + vat per person


First Aid Trainer 3 Day Course
6th – 8th April£425 + vat per person
2020 Calendar

Download our 2020 calendar


Quote “15OFFJAN” when booking to receive the discount!


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.

Call the office on 02920 576883 or email to enquire about any of our training courses


What do our clients say?
We also provide online training courses from £15 + vat! 


Our fully-approved, interactive-video eLearning courses are perfect for gaining qualifications for you and your employees.
We can deliver all the eLearning you need to help your business prosper.
Our engaging courses can be taken at any time, in any place and on any device. All courses are approved and priced to offer the best possible value to your business.
Online courses start from just £15 + vat and we have a wide range of qualifications including;

  • First Aid
  • Fire Safety
  • Food Hygeine
  • Manual Handling
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Social Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • Business Skills
  • Safeguarding
  • Education

Take a look at our range of online qualifications that we provide on our website here

Or try for FREE!

Take Care of Your Mental Health this Christmas

We are in this time of year when everyone starts running out of time to find the perfect presents for their relatives and friends. Although it is one of the most festive and positive months, many of us may not see it that way. Christmas might be an extremely rough time for people suffering from mental health conditions. We gathered some useful tips to help you manage with all sorts of Christmas problems and hopefully lower the pressure you put on yourselves.

1. Don’t waste your time

Have you ever run out of tasks and end up sitting purposelessly at work? Yes? That’s great news! You can use this time to think about your Christmas presents! But don’t make them a priority and postpone your tasks to do it. You need to prioritise all your commitments and after fulfilling them (or during the lunch break) you can plan your presents.

2. Wrap up your work

During one of the busiest times of the year everyone is overloaded with work either in their workplace, at home and often both! It is important for you to know your limits. You don’t need additional tasks before Christmas if the deadline is long after the festive period. Make a list of all your work commitments and put them in the order according to their deadlines. This will help you focus on the most important tasks instead of starting for the ones that you won’t be able to finish. If you have too many tasks assigned before Christmas, try to speak with your manager to come up with some solutions.

3. Time to relax

We all need time out regardless of what’s going on in around us. It’s completely fine! You don’t need to worry about everything this Christmas. Ask your family and friends for help or, if you don’t want to ask them directly, try to convince them using some Christmas movies. Prepare a simple movie night (no special dishes – just popcorn and hot chocolate) and relax with your loved ones. After such a night you might suggest that would be fun to try out some of the movie ideas and voilà! You’ve got some voluntary help from your loved ones and priceless time you spent together.

4. Drinking – Keep an eye on that!

Don’t fall into the illusion that alcohol makes you happy and that all the problems seem to fade away after a glass of wine. The fact is that alcohol can make you feel relaxed but it’s just temporary. Your problems won’t disappear and postponing them won’t help you deal with stress. In fact, it’ll leave everything on the last minute and your stress scale might just blow up. Don’t fall into this trap. Stay with the recommended limits or just go out with your friends to reduce the stress instead of sitting at home with a bottle of wine.

5. Food Fight

Christmas time is a perfect excuse for all-day meals. We don’t do breaks. The temptation to overindulge with food is enormous and that is the reason to stop and think. Our diet has a huge impact on our mood, and this may cause some mood swings during Christmas as we all want to put the diet aside. But we need to remember that maintaining a balanced diet is extremely important to prevent irritability and to maintain stable mood.

6. Sleep Tight

With all the responsibilities and Christmas rush, people tend to disrupt their sleeping patterns to make sure that everything is perfect. But sacrificing the sleeping time just to achieve a perfectly decorated house might not be the best idea. You should have enough sleep because if you don’t, you put your mental health at risk. Divide the Christmas task between members of your family this year and make sure that all of you, including yourself, are having enough sleep during this festive time of the year.

7. Socialise

Feeling lonely can also have an impact on your mental health. For some people Christmas might feel like an emotional tornado while for others this might be the loneliest time of the year. All of us should keep in touch with our loved ones but also find it as a chance to meet new people to socialise with. Go out for the Christmas Market or Christmas Wonderland and have fun! That’s your chance to join the random choir singing Christmas songs or bump on some stranger with whom you can later go for a hot chocolate. Don’t miss out!

8. Exercise

Winter cold and exercises? It doesn’t sound like a good motivation. But that should become your routine especially during this festive time. Sport makes a huge difference for our mental health. That doesn’t mean you have to get up at 4 and go for a run so you can still stick to the schedule. Dancing around and singing also qualifies as exercises! Choose something you enjoy, and start to feel the difference in your life as this becomes routine.

9. Stretch your mind

Apart from physical exercises, you should keep your mind on track, as well. Ajuda offers a vast variety of courses including Mental Health training courses. You can increase your awareness to help yourself and others. Don’t miss out on the Mental Health & Wellbeing Show which takes place in May 2020. Christmas time is the best opportunity to offer mental help and this show might be your perfect gift for your loved ones.

Christmas time might be the most dangerous time of year for people struggling with mental health issues. Don’t underestimate it. Make sure that you, your family and friends are aware of this problem. Spread the word to make Christmas special for all people in your surroundings. Be the one that makes a change! And most importantly, be the one who cares for himself before you decide to take someone else’s problems on your shoulders.

Find time for yourself – take a long bath or go on an errand. Even five minutes for yourself might be helpful to keep your life balance.

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.