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Mark Simmonds

Author, Stress Management Speaker, Trainer

Mark Simmonds delivers talks and workshops on stress management to companies, organisations and to sixth forms. These are based on his lived experience.

He is married to Mel, and they have three grown-up children – Will, Emily and Jack.

For the majority of his career, Mark has operated in the area of management training and has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the world’s largest companies including, Unilever, HSBC, Tesco, GlaxoSmithKline and the Red Cross.

He has loved this career! However, throughout his life, Mark has struggled with anxiety. When he was in his late thirties, this led to a nervous breakdown brought on by pressure and stress at work. This culminated in an attempt to take his own life. From rock bottom, he then proceeded to rebuild a life and career – that worked for him.

In 2019, he wrote his first book Breakdown and Repair, mainly because he was keen to share his own experiences with others who found themselves in a similar situation to his own. In 2022, he had his second book published, Beat Stress at Work, and in March 2025, he will get his third book published. This will focus on strategies that successful people use to boost their resilience to help them achieve their goals.

Mark continues to work hard in the training profession he has always loved, and along with Mel, they run their agency called Genius You.

However, he spends more and more time both writing and talking about stress, both in the workplace and in schools. He has delivered talks/workshops for Unilever, Philips, Virgin Media O2, Orwell Housing, St. George’s School, Weybridge and Aylesbury Grammar School.

Testimonials

“Over 100 people attended Mark’s virtual lunchtime talk which focused on stress in the workplace. It was very interesting to hear how he differentiated between good, bad and ugly stress and it was great to be introduced to a number of practical frameworks and techniques for dealing with stress more effectively. He also succeeded in approaching a potentially ‘heavy’ topic with a lightness of touch and a smile on his face! The feedback from attendees was excellent.” – Carolyn Wilkins, Cambridge University Press & Assessment.

“It’s always a lot more powerful to learn about the causes and symptoms of mental ill health from somebody with lived experience. It feels more credible and authentic. In his 60 minute talk, Mark was able to provide us with some very valuable insights based on his own experiences with stress and anxiety. The  talk combined some raw honesty about his own struggles alongside some really useful tips and tricks for dealing with stress. With a little bit of humour thrown in for good measure!” I have been reading Mark’s book, Beat Stress at Work, so the talk made if feel familiar but I learned a lot for my position as a mental health first aider.” – Antony Hathaway, Penderels Trust.

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