Leaders in community and voluntary sector organisations, as well as the statutory sector, have been at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Northern Ireland.

This online seminar, organised by the Derry and Strabane Healthy City and District initiative, brings together people from both the public and community and voluntary sectors to explore what leadership means in these challenging times.

‘As we face the second wave of the pandemic, leaders and people in our communities are faced with fresh demands on their levels of resilience to maintain good mental health and emotional wellbeing. The seminar will look at how leaders are managing their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their teams, for the good of the communities they serve.’

Our special guest speaker for this event is Prof. Siobhán O’Neill, Interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland.

A Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University, Siobhán is one of Northern Ireland’s leading experts in the field of mental health, known for her active and passionate involvement in suicide prevention.

All are welcome to take part. We especially encourage anyone in public or third sector organisations involved with helping people deal with the challenges of the pandemic in the Derry City and Strabane District area.


The programme includes:

  • Welcome and Introduction, Erin McFeely, Chief Executive, Developing Communities       
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Leadership in our Communities during COVID-19, Prof. Siobhán O’Neill
  • Q & A with Prof. Siobhán O’Neill
  • Summary and Closing, Erin McFeely, Chief Executive, Developing Healthy Communities

Advance booking is required as places are limited. 

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