Reset, the Podcast: Emma Woods – Growing Through Grief

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CONTENT WARNING we cover in this week’s episode a conversation surrounding suicide. If you, or someone you know, are impacted by this topic please see the helplines and resources below.

This week on Reset, the podcast I am joined by the inspiring, brilliant and brave Emma Woods. Emma was the CEO of Wagamama until June 2021, following an exciting marketing career starting as a grad at Unilever,  and has since ‘reset’ and begun a career as a Chair and Non Executive Director.

But that is not really our focus today. Emma has chosen to share with me how she has learnt to cope and manage her grief following on from the sudden loss of her beloved brother Ben. After an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, Ben tragically took his own life. Since it is world suicide prevention day tomorrow (10thSeptember) Emma wants to use her experience to raise awareness of some of the issues around, and impact of, suicide.

Emma talks to me of the struggles she saw Ben go through and shines a light on how hard it can be for those living with bipolar, maintaining normality and taking a medication that can often lead to people feeling like they are living life in a narrower spectrum of emotion.

I think one of the most important lessons I can share with you from this podcast is to remember to ask someone not just once but twice how they are feeling and never be afraid to ask for help.

If you personally, or you know someone who is struggling with any mental health difficulty or are having thoughts surrounding wanting to end your life please use the below helplines:

Young Minds:

For young people and parents, teachers and peers looking to support them.

If you are at crisis please call 111 and use the mental health helpline.


Helpline: 116 123 (free of charge from a landline or mobile)


Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258


For those under 35

Call: 0800 068 4141

Text: 078600 39967



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