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Unfortunately due to recent developments regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone this event which was due to be held on Tuesday 9th June 2020. We will be monitoring the situation over the next few weeks and months, to announce a date for later in the year.


Main theme of the conference

The main theme for the event is the use of space – whether a venue, a building, open outside space, public realm or a workplace – to enhance the wellbeing of the people that use it. Come away with new learning and a plan of how you can create or change a space to be more conducive to improved emotional wellbeing.

Keynote speakers

Gordon Seabright, former CEO of the Eden Project
Anne-Marie Bagnall, Professor of Health & Wellbeing Evidence, Leeds Beckett University
Dr Liana Psarologaki, Head of Architecture, University of Suffolk
Jon Neal CEO and Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education both from Suffolk Mind.

Outline of the day

  • Meet and greet
  • Introduction and speakers
  • Lunch
  • Workshops and panel
  • Facilitated session for reflection and planning

Refreshments and lunch

Your ticket includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Please alert us to any dietary requirements via email: [email protected], reference Space.


Quay Place Heritage and Wellbeing Centre is a converted 15th century church (St Mary at the Quay). Designed with emotional wellbeing at the forefront, Quay Place is an ideal venue and case study for our Space, Place and Wellbeing conference.

Emotional Needs & Resources

At Suffolk Mind, we use a particular model for looking at mental health called Emotional Needs & Resources. This model begins with the mental health continuum. We all have a brain, so we’re all on the mental health continuum and move up and down it throughout our lives.

Stress is the crossover point from wellbeing into mental ill health. It is nature’s way of telling us that one or more of our physical or emotional needs is not being met.

Who should attend

Everyone is welcome to attend this conference, however it will be most beneficial to those of you who are managing a public place such as a park or museum, a private space such as an office, and are designing spaces for people such as architects, interior designers and town planners.

  • Architects
  • Interior designers
  • Town Planners
  • Business leaders and managers
  • Leaders in charity sector e.g. National Trust, English Heritage, Parks and Museums
  • Headteachers and education leaders
  • Mental health professionals

Conference overview

  • This conference will be a full day designed to help you think about space and wellbeing in new ways
  • You’ll leave with new ideas, practical tips and an action plan for your own space
  • Hear from organisations and people researching and working in the area of space and wellbeing
  • Learn and use a model a wellbeing that allows space makers, venue managers, architects, town planners to think about how to make environments conducive with meeting key physical and emotional needs
  • Meet and network with like-minded people interested in helping us to stay well
  • Time to reflect and think about practical ideas that can be implemented


Accreditations & Awards