North's first 'wellness summit' to tackle growing mental health crisis

'Wellness from Within 2020' event creators Richard Donnelly and Annette Kelly launch the wellness summit, which is taking place on Sunday March 29 in the Crowne Plaza Belfast. Photo: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye

TWO of the north’s leading wellbeing advocates have launched the region’s first-ever wellness summit aimed at helping tackle the growing mental health crisis.

Annette Kelly, founder of the inspirational wellness brand Little Penny Thoughts, and Tyrone GAA player Richard Donnelly have joined forces to create 'Wellness From Within 2020', which is taking place on Sunday March 29 in Belfast's Crowne Plaza.

The day-long event will include talks and workshops from some of Ireland’s top thought leaders in the health and wellness industry, and ‘real life, real stories’ panel discussions with an inspiring line-up of individuals who have all faced personal challenges and overcame adversity.

Speakers will include performance nutritionist and author Daniel Davey; leading personal trainer and cystic fibrosis hero Ben Mudge, and cognitive behavioural therapist and mental health activist Caroline McMenamin.

Ms Kelly said: “We're proud to launch an event with a difference, one which will help open up conversations surrounding our own personal wellbeing and mental health.

“Given Northern Ireland’s current mental health crisis, we are eager to help others and let people know that there are ways to build resilience and coping skills.

“Mindset, fitness and nutrition play a major role in boosting wellbeing and overall health, which is why we have created this unique event, and we hope people will leave feeling empowered, educated and inspired.”

Fellow co-founder Richard Donnelly added: “We’ve put together an amazing line-up of speakers who were selected because of their incredible knowledge and expertise, uplifting nature, courage and bravery and secured event partners from some of Northern Ireland’s top businesses leading the way in the health and fitness industry.

“Wellness From Within 2020 is suited for everyone, and we're encouraging people from across Northern Ireland to come along, take some time for themselves and learn the importance of self-care.”

Event partners include Bank of Ireland, Gym Co, Tony & Jen’s, Move Your Mind, B&L Productions and Natur & Co Vitality.

:: Tickets are £60 and include lunch and a wellness pack to take home. For more information or to purchase tickets go to

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