Putting yourself first is the most positive thing you can do for those around you, according to executive coach, Barbara Edwards, who is organising WellExpo2020 in Donegal Town in January.

The first major mental health and wellness event in South Donegal, the inspirational day-long forum will feature expert speakers and workshops on mental health and motivation, complementary therapies, fitness, family matters and financial wellbeing.                                                        

Taking place in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday 23rd January 2020 (click here for tickets), participants will learn how to implement small but steady changes to create a happier life and develop better health, relationships, and work and family balance.

The event is designed for everyone, including parents, teenagers, adults and families, looking to add to their wellbeing skillset.

A schools presentation scheduled for lunch time is aimed at TY students.  Delivered by experienced motivational coaches, it encourages young people to realise their potential and helps them with choices, by tapping into their way of thinking.

The teen years are a trying time in any household and psychotherapist, Susi Lodola, will present strategies for parents of teenagers, including very practical approaches to promoting positive mental health for both the young people and their parents.

Children’s fitness and mental health is the topic of Sarah Gillespie of Rinka Ireland, whose organisation works to re-awaken kids’ energy and natural creativity with access to the combined benefits of exercise, dance and drama, promoting confidence and encouraging fun.

Best-selling author Sharon Thompson talks about loss and grief and how writing and creative pursuits are therapeutic.  Also a popular columnist, Sharon runs an online writers’ group and will host a writing workshop at WellExpo2020, discussing the power of writing for mental health.

‘Work it Ladies’ will see Lorraine Boyce, founder of Down Below Physio in Letterkenny, give excellent information and advice for women with pain and pelvic floor problems who want to get back to their best selves and full fitness.

‘Mind your Menopause’ has Barbara Edwards addressing a topic, similarly not often spoken about.  The coaching and life skills expert has practical advice on coping strategies to tackle both the physical and psychological symptoms of menopause, boosting confidence and promoting understanding.

Other contributors include Kylie Harmes on the extensive physical and emotional benefits of acupuncture, Julie Voss on mindful children, and a speaker on financial wellbeing, advising how preparing your financial future enhances health and wellbeing in the present.

Free workshops include Pilates, a writing workshop, mindfulness, and a Rinka Fit Kids workshop, promoting children’s fitness and fun, is timed for after-school, with u12s admitted free with an adult.

Throughout the day there will be therapy demonstrations and the chance to chat to representatives from the Donegal Wellness Centre, Shiatsu Donegal, and Discover Cryo, who provide innovative treatments to manage pain, stress and tension, including thermic shock and integrated dry needling.

WellExpo Founder Barbara Edwards

Encouraging people to put their wellbeing first in 2020, organiser Barbara Edwards says WellExpo2020 is a showcase of the depth and range of experience and supports available in the area.

“There are many excellent motivational and wellbeing services available in the north west, including effective complementary therapies for everything from anxiety to pain management.  This event is a great opportunity to learn a little more about what can work for different individuals when it comes to wellbeing.”

Exclusive discounts are available on the day for products and therapies, and the WellExpo2020 charity partner ‘The Bluestack Special Needs Foundation’ benefits from every ticket sold, with their choir providing a rousing close to the health and wellbeing event.

Fully inclusive tickets for all presentations and workshops cost €20.00 for adults, €10.00 for teenagers and under-12s go free.  Booking is available on the website at https://wellexpo.ie or on Eventbrite.ie, with event updates online and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are also available and enquiries can be addressed to Barbara Edwards on 083 838 5992 or email info@wellexpo.ie