Mental Resilience Training

Sue Bedford is an experienced occupational health advisor with a specialist interest in stress management. 


Sue specialises in working with organisations and individuals on stress management and emotional resilience.  She is a qualified and experienced occupational health nurse advisor with over 20 years’ experience in the nursing profession.  Within the field of stress management training, her role as an Occupational Health Advisor gives her a unique and experienced perspective on the needs of businesses in terms of employee health and performance.

Through her work as an occupational health advisor, Sue realised the importance of understanding mental resilience in more depth with the aim of preventing referrals to occupational health when sickness absence occurred as a result of this condition. 

She undertook further training and is passionate about using positive psychology to improve emotional resilience thereby increasing happiness, productivity and performance.

All training packages are informal and interactive and have been devised with an up-to-date evidence base using psychology and learning theories in order to affect real behavioural change. 


  • BSc (Hons) in Nursing 
  • Post Graduate degree as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Occupational Health)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Stress Management and Wellbeing, awarded by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)


  • Registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Member of the International Stress Management Association
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing
  • Member of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Member of the Thames Valley Occupational Health Nurses Group

"Making Life Work For You"

An emotional resilience workshop for employees

12-15 attendees

Managing Emotional Resilience in the Workplace

A workshop for managers understanding

12-15 attendees

Understanding and Managing Stress

Three hour course, 12 attendees

Stress Awareness

Three hour course, 12 attendees

Bespoke Training

Courses can be designed to meet your organisational needs, 12 attendees

Who should be receiving this training?

We recommend our Stress Training Programme for Line Managers, Supervisors and others who are responsible for managing staff within the organisation. 

Why is it worth providing such training for your organisation?

Mental health issues are a major cause of current sickness absence. The training may help managers spot the early signs of a stress problem, signpost employees to appropriate support, help prevent a mental illness from getting worse as a result of work-related factors and understand when an employee with mental health issues should be at work and when a period of sickness absence would be advisable. 

However, even with the effective use of such tools, stress can occur within the workplace, especially during periods of change. 

  • One in five workers report their job to be very or extremely stressful
  • One in six workers are likely to experience anxiety, depression or stress-related problems at any one time
  • Anxiety, stress and depression were responsible for the most UK sick days from 2001-2008
  • In 2007/08, an estimated 442,000 people in Britain believed they experienced work-related stress at a level that was making them ill
  • Self-reported work related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for an estimated 13.5m lost working days in Britain in 2007/08
  • The financial cost of stress related problems are huge.  The overall cost of mental health problems in England stands at £105.2 billion a year, (taking into account care costs, sickness absence and unemployment)*
  • Stress, anxiety and depression are responsible for 70 million days sick leave every year*
  • For 2009/10 updated figures estimate that the cost to UK businesses is now £30.3 billion a year – equivalent to £1206 per employee

* The Centre for Mental Health (2010)

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