Our Physical and Emotional Needs 

Depicted in images by staff of Suffolk Mind as part of a 12-week challenge. Quotes copyright of Suffolk Mind unless stated otherwise.

Suffolk Mind is the Suffolk-based mental health charity who want to make Suffolk the best place in the world to care for and talk about mental health. The charity is like many other organisations in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic and a challenge has been set to staff working from home to produce some images of their interpretation of our physical and emotional needs which can affect our mental wellbeing if they're not met.

A fun activity with  a serious bent....which should in turn enable some needs to be met: movement, control, achievement, meaning & purpose, attention, privacy, community and maybe more.

The first week's need is Control - 

"To meet the need for Control we need to feel that we have some say over our lives and personal choices. It can be helpful to recognise what we can take personal responsibility for and what we can influence, and accept that there are some things which we cannot control".

Week 2 is one of our Physical needs - Food & Drink

"Food and drink should be one of life’s pleasures; beyond just eating to live, experiencing new tastes, the feeling of being nourished, and the sense of community which comes from eating and drinking with others". What need are you feeding? Are you eating and drinking to nourish your body & brain?

Week 3 deals with our next need; the need for Security

"When we feel safe we think clearly and respond to events sensibly while coping with change. When we feel unsafe, perhaps about our finances or relationships, stress is triggered to get us to act. But too much stress can make it difficult to think clearly about how we can address unmet meeting other needs".

Week 4 is our Emotional Need for Status

It is probably one of the most difficult to portray in images and is described thus on Suffolk Mind's site - "We all need to feel valued and that our efforts are appreciated by other people. The way to meet this need in a healthy way is to give people positive feedback for what they have done and tell them why it made a difference".

Week 5 relates to our need to feel we have Achievement

These don’t have to be huge achievements either. "Achievements can be small tasks, like cooking a meal for ourselves, which give us the sense that we are in control of our lives and managing. Achievement is good for our self-esteem; especially if we are doing something we are good at something and learning to get better".

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