Mental Well-being for all

POSTED ON: 30/05/2017

Mental Well-being for all by Carole Thain, Suffolk Mind

As a mental health charity we want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental well-being. All of us have mental health; just as we have physical health, both are equally important.  

Eating five-a-day, getting a little exercise and sleeping well are all well-known elements in keeping physically fit; there are also things we can do to look after ourselves from a mental well-being point of view by meeting our emotional needs.

These are:
Security — safe territory and an environment which allows us to develop fully
Attention – to give and receive it
Sense of autonomy and control — being able to make choices over our school, work or home life
Emotional connection — to know that at least one other person accepts us totally for who we are, “warts 'n' all”
Feeling part of a wider community, something bigger than ourselves
Privacy — having the opportunity to reflect and consolidate experience
A sense of status and respect within social groupings
Feeling competent at something and getting a sense of achievement
Meaning and purpose — which come from being stretched in what we do and think

If all our emotional needs are being met, we stand the best chance of remaining mentally healthy. If one or more of our emotional needs is not met, we are in danger of becoming stressed. And if our stress is not addressed, we are likely to become mentally ill. 

At Quay Place Well-being Heritage Centre in the waterfront area of Ipswich, we have used the heritage of the building, the surrounding area and the people that pepper the history of the church to come up with various ways you can get your needs met. 

Our rope boards enable you to learn a new skill – tying fishermen’s knots – to stretch yourself and achieve something new.

You can gain more of an understanding of your place in the timeline of Ipswich and St Mary at the Quay and feel more connected with a wider community.

Get some privacy by sitting in the quiet sanctuary in the corner of the church, or in the garden. Enjoy the calming environment of the building while enjoying a drink or something to eat in the café.

There is also a monthly programme of events and activities which include yoga, pilates, qigong, colouring and drawing and even singing sessions that can help our physical health by increasing movement and mobility, and also help our well-being by calming the mental busyness.   We also have monthly information sessions where you can learn more about emotional needs.

Make your mental well-being a priority.  As it is helpful and motivating to have a ‘gym buddy’ joining Friends of Suffolk Mind, and being part of our growing network can support you in your commitment to our simple pledge to take care of your mental well-being.

Its free and simple to join, you can even do this online.  We will support you by sending information and tips and will also invite you to come to a free information session which introduces our emotional needs model. 


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