Testimonials from people who attended Winning Minds events/talks/workshops. Workshops and talks are presented to a variety of groups including parents, educators, students, mental health advocates, schools and young people.

“Derek O Kelly blew us away with his fantastic presentation about mental health and the power of our minds. Derek really simplified everything he spoke about, and in line with his own personal story, all the information resonated positively with the whole group.

An uplifting, positive day of receiving stories, insight and powerful tools in managing our mental and physical well-being. I drove home to Clare with a big smile on my face”.

Jennifer Reidy – Director Compassion Fatigue Ireland – Mental Health Advocate – Speaker, Trainer, Educator


“Derek gave us great techniques on how to take charge of our minds- and how to manage and change the way we think. He also spoke about how to get your mind onside. I’d highly recommend Derek and his Winning Minds Movement for anyone who wishes to know more about simple ways, and simple interventions to get better results for ourselves”

Dolores Andrew Gavin – Author – Broadcaster – Founder Irish Health Hour – Founder Global Emotional Health Summit *


“This week at the Instutute of Technology Blanchardstown we had the pleasure to welcome Derek O’Kelly and his Winning Minds Movement.

Derek delivered a very innovative workshop to the 1st year Sports Management and Coaching students, during which he discussed how our minds work, along with how our thought processes develop.

Derek introduced the students to some wonderful coping techniques aimed at developing positive mental health. These strategies, in conjunction with Derek’s sharing of his personal journey, ensured an insightful and memorable learning experience for our students”.

John Byrne – Lecturer – Institute Technology Blanchardstown


“Derek’s Winning Minds Movement is formed on the premise that an emphasis on wellness from an early age is key to tackling our crippling mental health issue in Ireland.

BY providing parents and educators with information and access to research as well as community support, Derek is aiming to ‘tip the balance in favour of positive outcomes, and reduce the possibilities of mental health problems and the associated collateral damage’

I’m prepared to throw my weight behind this effort, as apart from Derek’s incredible capacity to motivate and inspire people, who could possibly argue with his endeavors that seek to ’empower people with the skills and knowledge to strengthen their minds – and nurture healthy ones in their children’.

Dr Karl Thomas – CEO Creatovation – Crtical Thinking & Innovation – Supporter & Advocate of Winning Minds Movement


“Thank you for taking the time to visit St Raphael’s College during our Wellness Week which was themed ‘This Is Me- Empower Your Voice’.
We truly appreciate your hard work and dedication, assisting us in our efforts to enrich and empower the lives of our students”.

Ms Tara Healy. Teacher and co orginasor of positve mental wellbeing events – St Rapheals Secondary School – Loughrea Galway”


“I attended Derek’s Workshop, and in a short space of time he opened people’s minds as to how powerful our minds are, and how we can benefit from simple techniques.

He used very creative ideas to demonstrate his points, very easy to understand language, and most of all, empowered us that we are all capable of having a mindset for success.

I would recommend this workshop to anyone wishing to learn more about themselves. Or if you are a parent and want tips on how you can use these techniques with the young people in your lives so they can build their mental health and resilience. I advise you to sign up to the next course if you can”.

Treasa Hanniffy –CEO Key To Your Life – Life Coach – Health Promotion – Mental Health Advocate – www.keytoyou.ie


*Roslyn Park College – Comments from students.

“I will focus on my strengths in future instead of always thinking of my weaknesses”

“I enjoyed the sessions. Their should be more of these at every college as young people really struggle with the pressures of society which affects mental health hugely”

“I learned how music can be used for positivity and for different mindsets”

“I am making a commitment to focus on my physical health which can help with my mental health”

“I will use my mind to help control my anger and be more mindful of other peoples opinions”

“Using my mind better will help me be more calmer and relaxed”

“I will be making a positive list to read every day and will be adding to it over time”

“I now realise that I can use my mind to embrace change and become more comfortable when change happens. This will help to calm me and to not become as stressed”

*Roslyn Park College is part of the National Learning Network & Rehab Group. It provides training, education and extra supports for learners with neuordiversity, brain injuries, autisim, cerebral palsy and mental distress.