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

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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

 

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