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The Mental Toughness Programme

“This tried and tested, evidence based programme enables your remote staff to move from anxiety and uncertainty to calmness and clarity by developing their Mental Toughness.“

Some people will be adjusting well to the uncertainty we are all facing and the new ways of living and working during the lockdown.

Others will be really struggling, they may feel scared, anxious, lost, or overwhelmed.

Some may become indecisive, risk-averse, risk-taking, unfocused or unproductive.

Yet others may adopt unhelpful behaviours like self-medicating with increased smoking, alcohol or caffeine intake, or become more argumentative, moody, withdrawn or irritable.

This raises questions such as:

What could be the short and longer term impact of all these individual changes on the organisation as a whole?

How will you know who is struggling, especially if they find it difficult to ask for help?

How can you support them best?

How do you want your leadership to be seen and remembered after the COVID threat is over?

Building Mental Toughness is a positive and pro-active approach to helping people deal with both current and future setbacks, challenges and uncertainty. It doesn’t require anyone to admit they are struggling. It is just as valuable for your top performers who may want to raise the bar on their performance, or for those who are more mentally sensitive and want to be able to cope better.

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These Interactive Mental Toughness Workshops Include:

  • 6 x 90min modules
  • Complete workbook 
  • Mental Toughness Psychometric Profile
  • Exercises to Develop Mental Toughness
  • Assignments
  • Highly Interactive Live Workshops
  • Trainer-led sessions
  • Many happy clients

About the mental toughness programme

How Mental Health Effects Your Organisation:

In October 2019 research published by H&SE on the effects of workplace stress showed 602,000 workers in Great Britain were suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19 and 12.8 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.


This equates to an average of 21.2 days lost per case

That was in 2109BC Before Coronavirus. I believe the extent of the mental and emotional impact on all of us, will only start to really hit us later.

Just like the government’s actions will be put under the microscope to establish what was done well, badly, what was effective, what lessons we learned, organisations are also likely to be remembered and perhaps called to account for how they supported their staff during this time.

 Many of my clients are in the engineering, manufacturing and construction and they are totally committed to the health and safety of their people.

However, they tend to shout Safety and whisper Health. As an HR or L&D professional I know you are really aware of your duty of care not just for the physical safety of your people but also for their emotional and mental health.

I want to support you and them most effectively during these challenging times. I want you to be able to say “we did our very best to provide the support our people needed, at the time they needed it most.” 

Mental toughness OVERVIEW

The Benefits of Mental Toughness for Individuals & Organisations

Studies show a strong link between Mental Toughness and

  • Performance – both for individuals, groups and organisations
  • Wellbeing – contentment, better sleep
  • Openness to Change -  transition 
  • Positive behaviours – a “can do!” mindset
  • Aspirations – seeking to optimise their potential
  • Completion/Drop Out – more likely to see things through


Happy Clients:

Jade Walker

Julie is a brilliantly motivating coach who was engaging and informative. I have come away with techniques to help not only myself but also pass onto my team and other colleagues.

The Mental Toughness Workshop

Module 1

Identify how mentally tough you are

Module 2

Set yourself up for success

Module 3

Developing healthy thought patterns

Module 4

Seeing future outcomes - no crystal balls involved! 

Module 5

The secrets of staying focused

Module 6

Reducing anxiety to be more relaxed

Julie Kay

Leadership & Development

I’m Julie Kay, you may know me as a leadership and team coach but before I started my Leadership Consultancy 21 years ago I was a counsellor in the Royal Navy. During that time, I worked with people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and became really interested in Managing Stress and Developing Mental Toughness. I completed a Diploma in Stress Management and also became a licensed facilitator of a Mental Toughness programme based on the work of Professor Peter Clough. I have drawn on both of these trainings many times in my work with leaders.

Now, because of the current situation I want to make the programme available virtually, while making sure I retain all the elements of effective learning design and delivery that I know increases the transfer and application of that learning. This is that programme.

Anna Reeve

Very worthwhile event. As a stressed NHS worker doing a Leadership Masters degree, there are many techniques I have learned to help and which have cemented work already done in my Masters.

Ally Hales

Very interesting topic and Julie was knowledgeable, insightful and easy to listen to / follow. Good amount of group participation kept the “flow” of the workshop. Some good techniques to put into practice

Lisa Wilson

I liked how you differentiated between stress and pressure. I left feeling as though I have a greater understanding of resilience and some useful techniques that I can use myself with colleagues.


Is this an in house or public programme?

Both! Developing Mental Toughness can be delivered in-house for up to 12 participants at a time. Or, you can send just one or two people onto a public programme with delegates from other organisations.

What if I want a different structure to the 6x90 minute modules?

For an in-house programme we can create the structure that suits you best

Is this programme live or recorded

I am offering it as a facilitator led, interactive, real time programme that isn’t recorded, to ensure that delegates feel safe to share whatever they need to on the calls. If there is a demand, I may design an asynchronous (recorded) programme that delegates can access and work through at their own pace

What virtual platform do you use?

The programme is designed for Zoom as it is the platform that enables me to replicate the experiential and engaging learning that I love and know to be effective. However, it can be adapted to Microsoft Teams if that is what your organisation uses.

How do delegates take the MTQPlus Self-Assessment?

This is an online assessment. The delegates will be given a unique link. The profile takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and be sent a PDF of their report, ready to bring to the first module.

Is this just for leaders?

Although I usually work with leaders, this programme is applicable to all levels in organisations and there are some advantages of having diverse groups in the modules.

Is it for depressed people?

Its more important to deliver this to people who would value and commit to the programme. For example, people who have actively sought it out and want to attend rather than being sent. It can be delegates who are keen to develop their potential or people who are finding dealing with the current situation difficult. Equally you may have identified someone who may be struggling and want to offer them additional support.