How we are driving positive societal impact

How our short resilience course improved the wellbeing and mental health of 900 people from all walks of life

Short course. Big impact.

Anxiety and stress highlight the earliest forms of poor mental health in our community. Economically, 12.8 million working days are lost every year, resulting in essential challenges around mental health, productivity and wellbeing. At The Resilience Development Company, we believe that we have the ability and an obligation to help.

As we continue to contribute our time, capabilities and unique approach to make the world a better place, we are proud to share this look at how our programme is tackling pressing challenges and has created change that matters.

In a sample size of 900 people experiencing our resilience training:

0 %
average decrease in anxiety
- 0 %
reduction in people suffering

The results In More Detail

Life changing Opportunity

900 working adults, parents and young people completed a 7-item validated questionnaire (GAD-7) routinely used across Primary Care and Mental Health settings to measure symptoms of excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry. All participants were unaware of the significance of the questionnaire and were accessing our programme in the workplace or school.


Using the GAD-7 questionnaire the group were segmented into:


As a direct result of the programme this changed to: 

Resilience As A Platform For Success Without Sacrificing Wellbeing

Applying the same shift in the entire UK population would be life-changing for 7.6 million people

The shift in people's anxiety levels is both significant and exciting. 24% of people showed signs of severe anxiety before the programme. This number reduced to 13% as a result of the programme. Applying that shift to the UK population would be life-changing for 7.6million people. Imagine the financial savings it could make to our mental health services. Now imagine the opportunity those savings would create."
David Ogilvie
Director And Founder
Our research backs up what 1000's of people are telling us - taking part in our resilience programme is life-changing. It's why we will continue to find ways to make our programme available to schools. We've supported and delivered two major school projects and the results speak for themselves in terms of mental health, behaviour and removing barriers to learning. "
Emma Ogilvie
director and founder


We'd be delighted to answer any other questions or comments you may have. We are passionate about our work and believe in sharing and building on our results. Please contact us. We'd love to talk and see where we can take this together.

The Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD7questionnaire is a seven-item, self-report anxiety questionnaire designed to assess anxiety levels during the previous 2 weeks. It’s used for screening and monitoring symptom severity but does not replace a clinical assessment and diagnosis.

Our results highlight the everyday existence of these symptoms in a random sample of the population. Anxiety and stress are arguably the earliest forms of poor mental health in our community. We use GAD-7 to demonstrate a reduction in the indicators. It’s used as part of our on-line anonymised programme evaluation and all data is provided for observation only. 

Everyday people experiencing our programme. That ranges from students, professionals and parents. We work with a diverse range of organisations and so the data includes people such as Prison officers, Emergency Services, Government, senior executives, teachers and office workers.

We measure many outcomes in our programmes such as stress, resilience, productivity, adaption to change,  optimism and self-efficacy. GAD-7 is just one aspect of wellbeing and performance in which we make a measurable and significant difference. 

Whilst an oversimplification, we find segmenting health at a population level into thriving, surviving and suffering is useful for discussion. To do this, GAD-7 scores are converted into:

  • 0-4 Thriving
  • 5-9 Surviving
  • 10+ Suffering

Based on the GAD-7 existing framework, cut off points of 5,10 and 15 interpreted as representing mild, moderate and severe levels of anxiety.  

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