New publication brings together business leaders and entrepreneurs to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

Business, CSR

Rankin Publishing has announced it will publish Let’s Reset by  award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Suki Thompson with photographer, director, publisher and cultural provocateur, Rankin in December, 2019.

With over 80 contributors LET’S RESET includes personal revelations and tips for wellbeing and resilience from: Dame Carolyn McCall, CEO ITV; Sarah Harbon, GM Benefit Cosmetics; Steve Parish, Chairman, Crystal Palace FC; Lady Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, VP EMEA Facebook;  WPP UK Country Manager & Chancellor Portsmouth University, Karen Blackett OBE; former England Rugby star and TV commentator,  Ben Kay;  Trans business woman and Co-founder MHBC, Antonia Belcher; author and comedian Russ Kane;  Publicis Groupe UK CEO, Annette King;  Neville Koopowitz, CEO, Vitality and Actress, Activist, model,  Rose McGowan.

Struck by the relationship between health, vitality and commercial success, co-founder and Exec Director of Oystercatchers/Centaur Marketing Group and now founder of the cultural change transformation company, Let’s Reset, Suki Thompson has joined forces with internationally recognised photographer Rankin, to shine a light on mental health and wellbeing in business.

Inspired by the number of celebrities, sports-people and high-profile stars coming forward to talk about mental health, Thompson noticed that very few business people were doing the same. As a result, LET’S RESET was conceived and created to highlight the relationship between positive mental health and both business and commercial success.

Alongside anecdotes and messages from top business, marketing leaders and entrepreneurs LET’S RESET sees Thompson share her own transformation story, with top tips and practical advice around mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Specially commissioned portraits of all contributors to the book have been taken by Rankin. They aim to show the ‘real selves’ behind the people and explore the modern preoccupation with issues such as FOMO [Fear of Missing Out] in both their professional and public lives.

Thompson: “Over the years, I’ve been inspired and encouraged by conversations with so many business leaders and experts. I’ve listened to their personal stories of resilience and wellbeing. Some made me cry, others made me gasp in awe, but always I have seen the individuals in a different light, a better light.  I think it’s time reset the way we work in business, so we have brought together leaders with challenging mental health issues who have achieved prominent roles, companies brilliantly promoting workplace wellbeing and mental wellness programmes, leading practitioners in the mental health arena, and, the next generation entering the workplace.

My wonderful and brilliant friend Rankin, who has an ability to see into the soul of every human being, has worked with me on this project. Our collaboration of breath-taking photography and real-life stories brings to life why there is a need for companies to reset their attitudes to mental health, wellbeing and resilience and the success this can bring not only at home, but in work as well. We are grateful to Vitality UK as our main partner in this book and to many other businesses who have helped us with the creation, development and launch of the Let’s Reset initiative.  ”

Stories in LETS RESET, are grouped into five themes: poignant stories of leaders who have overcome adversity whilst rising to high-flying roles; leaders who talk about how they have developed their own resilience and wellbeing and how they support colleagues and staff; entrepreneurs who have balanced mental health and wellbeing with the pressures of starting a business; the experts, charities and companies all working in the industry to support, measure and promote wellbeing; and finally, a few of the future generation talking about how they are building strategies of their own in education, in early business and beyond.

Rankin: “Let’s Reset is meant to inspire us to think differently about the way we work, and how to be brave enough to bring our whole selves to every conversation. There are top tips on how to build your own resilience and wellbeing, and, an opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes at what creates a successful business leader.

If we all take the time to stop and listen, the workplace can be better, happier, and more effective.”

RESET is published by Rankin Publishing Ltd. on 28th November Priced £40, with some of the proceeds going to the Mental Health Charity, Mind.

Suki Thompson is well-known in the media and communications industry as a serial entrepreneur;  co-founder of the award winning Oystercatchers, marketing consultancy,  Haystack and Bunker Gin and now Founder of Let’s Reset, the cultural change transformation company. She is also Executive Director Xeim/Centaur Media and NED Gateley Plc.  As a transformational business leader with a passion for promoting business cultures founded on commercial effectiveness, wellbeing and resilience, Suki is regularly named as one of the most powerful people in advertising by industry bible Campaign, was a previous Chair of The Marketing Society, a member of WACL, received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University for Marketing & Entrepreneurship and in 2018 landed Entrepreneur of the Year by WinTrade.

She has advised some of the most powerful brands globally including, McDonald’s, Samsung, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Barclay’s and Landmark and worked with the top agency groups including WPP, Omnicom, Havas, Publicis, Dentsu and Interpublic.  Suki was a Trustee of Macmillan Cancer Support for eight years, following her first of three cancer diagnoses in 2008. Since then she has discovered she holds the BRCA gene. This has led her to think carefully about her own wellbeing and contributed to her enormous resilience which led her to writing the book, Let’s Reset. Suki has two children Jaz, who heads up Let’s Reset Education and Sam, both of whom appear in the book.