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Wellbeing at Quay Place

We all have mental health, just as we have physical health. And we can all look after our mental wellbeing, just as we can look after our bodies.

Whereas eating five-a-day, getting a little exercise and sleeping well are all well-known elements in keeping physically fit, there are things we can do to look after ourselves from a mental wellbeing point of view too.

The Wellbeing Practitioners we work with

At Quay Place the wellbeing practitioners we work with provide you with many options for keeping mentally healthy – whether it’s 1-2-1 counselling support, yoga lessons, massage, aroma therapy or training in emotional needs and resources which can help you stay well.

Heritage and wellbeing

Quay Place is a heritage and wellbeing centre. Our vision is for people to meet here, perhaps discover something they didn’t know – either about themselves or about the story of the church and the Ipswich waterfront – and maybe connect with something old or new.

We all have an emotional need for community and feeling part of something bigger than ourselves. The heritage of Quay Place enables that need to be met as we discover how we are all part of the larger story of St Mary at the Quay, the docks and the rest of Ipswich. Our lives are intertwined with those of the people who came before us – even if we have only recently moved to the area or are just visiting.

Our emotional needs

Just as we have physical needs for food, drink, sleep and movement, we have emotional needs too. 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.

Just as nature has given us emotional needs which must be met, it has also given us innate resources – skills that we are born with and which develop as we grow – to help us meet our needs.

• The ability to develop complex long term memory, which enables us to add to our innate knowledge and learn
• The ability to build rapport, empathise and connect with others
• Imagination, which enables us to predict the future, to focus our attention away from our emotions, use language and problem   solve more creatively and objectively
• Emotions and instincts
• A conscious, rational mind that can check out our emotions, question, analyse and plan
• The ability to 'know' — that is, understand the world unconsciously through metaphorical pattern matching
• An observing self — that part of us that can step back, be more objective and be aware of itself as a unique centre of  awareness, apart from intellect, emotion and conditioning
• A dreaming brain that defuses emotional expectations that were not acted out the previous day

At Quay Place there are various ways you can get your needs met. For example, learn a new skill using our rope boards. Meet people at one of the interest groups that meet here, singing or looking at the archaeology.

Gain more of an understanding of your place in the timeline of Ipswich and St Mary at the Quay using our A-Z and the Time Table.

Get some privacy by sitting in the café and having a drink or something to eat, or perhaps sitting in the quiet sanctuary in the corner of the church.

Hold your next business meeting in one of our meeting rooms and inspire the imagination of your guests in our uplifting environment.