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What does stress tell us?

April is Stress Awareness Month but what is stress? The Head of Mental health Education at Suffolk Mind, Ezra Hewing tells us more…

Mental health is a spectrum…

The way we see mental health has changed. Thanks in part to celebrities being more open about their mental health, we feel better able to talk about our mental too. All of us have mental health and our mental health can fluctuate too – depending in part on how we respond to stress. (more…)

Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 2nd April 2019


How to Nourish the Brains of Our Young People

Written by Charlie Green, Emotional Needs & Resources Trainer at Suffolk Mind and Lead Trainer on Early Minds and Easy Minds Training Program reaching Schools in Suffolk.

We all know that helping to nurture the mental health of the young people in our lives needs to be a priority, but in this busy world we live in, how do we go about it while keeping all the other plates spinning?

Below are 5 bite sized ideas to help you nourish the brains of young people in your life. (more…)

Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 5th February 2019


Attention – an emotional need and a resource

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Attention is an important emotional need. Sometimes people who are obviously in need of attention are dismissed as needy attention seekers, but this is unhelpful and doesn’t support their emotional health and mental wellbeing. We all need attention and we could help each other in healthier ways by exchanging positive attention.  (more…)

Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 14th December 2018


Jon Neal: My RED January experience

As Jon Neal, the Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind gets ready for RED January 2019, he reflects on his experience last year.

When I first heard about RED January I thought it sounded like an interesting way to raise money for Suffolk Mind through a bit of sponsorship activity.

I hadn’t taken part in any meaningful physical activity (running around after my kids aside) since playing badminton in my early thirties…occasionally. And before then, not since doing PE at school…which I dropped in my options aged 14.

So I wasn’t exactly the fittest person around. (more…)

Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 10th December 2018


Get moving: just enough to make a difference!

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

How much moving do I need to do?
So you’ve got into a good routine over the summer months, perhaps going to the gym in the evenings or leaving the car at home and walking to work if you live nearby. But as the nights draw in over the winter months, the sofa looks ever more tempting when you get in from work and staying under the duvet seems a far better option than getting up to go for a morning run.

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Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 29th October 2018


Privacy: Time that’s just for you!

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Time for you in a demanding world

The need for privacy is about having time just for you. As important as it is to be connected up to other people, close friends and loved ones, as well as the wider community, we also need to unplug and have downtime.

All of us need time out to reflect and process and the challenges we face in our day to day lives – which can be especially difficult in a demanding world.

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Author: Kristina Brinkley

Posted on: 26th September 2018


Meaning & Purpose: The key to resilience

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Staying well – we know we need the right diet and regular exercise. But the need for meaning and purpose is essential too.

The need for meaning and purpose
It may be hard for parents to believe sometimes, but boredom in a small child was not put there by nature to annoy us. Boredom is nature’s way of pushing a child to learn, to be stretched and challenged in ways which give them a sense that they are growing. And, when they are growing, they are mastering the skills and knowledge which will enable them to cope when life sends challenges their way. And our need for meaning and purpose continues beyond childhood to form the warp and weft of our lives. (more…)

Author: Stuart Dent

Posted on: 30th August 2018


Security: The need to feel safe

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Staying well – we know we need the right diet and regular exercise. But the need to feel safe is essential too and connected with our survival. How can we calm down when anxiety is triggers?

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Author: Stuart Dent

Posted on: 1st July 2018


Sleep: Are you getting enough quality sleep?

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Staying well – we know we need the right diet and regular exercise. And we know we need the right dose of sleep. But why are so many of us struggling to get it? And what can we do about it?

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Author: Stuart Dent

Posted on: 1st June 2018


Achievement: Are you stretched or stressed?

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind

Suffolk Mind and its unique Ipswich wellbeing centre, Quay Place, focus on need for achievement.

Are you feeling like you need more of a challenge in life? Do you have personal goals and aspirations which really get you motivated to do more? Is there a skill or a talent that you’ve always to nurture and develop? This is what your emotional need for achievement is all about.

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Author: Stuart Dent

Posted on: 6th May 2018


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