Different Types of Water for Hydration

Just like the rest of the body, water is very important for the health of the hair and for hair growth. The right water balance for the hair is dependent of your hair, your health and your diet; but the main important thing is the hair needs to be hydrated at all times by getting regular moisture (water).

Many believe it is best to use distilled water as this water doesn’t contain harsh minerals, chemicals and elements such as calcium. Cities like London and New York (for examples) have very harsh elements in their water. If you are unable to get distilled water you can get water filters to remove some of the harsh elements or (worst case) boil the water before using.

We look at the benefit of three different types of waters for the hair which are ordinary (distilled) water, rose water and rice water.

Benefit of Water:

Water makes up about 60-70% of our body, so maintaining the right level of water in the body is very important for ultimate health and functionality.

Intake of water is important to flush out harmful toxin from the body, aid in digestions and supports the flows of oxygen and nutrients around the body and hair. Water makes up about 80% of the lymphatic system which helps to lubricate the joints and cartilages in the skeletal system and aids in warding off infection; through sweating, water helps to regulate the body temperature when the body overheats (in hotter climates, sickness and during exercise). Water can help to regulate the blood and the blood pressure, as water is made up about 90% of the blood. The more water the blood has, the more the blood is diluted and this can lower the pressure, and less water means the blood is more concentrated and may increase the pressure. Water is excellent for brain function as it is a key component of the cerebrospinal fluid, as it is an important element for the neurotransmitters and hormones. A long period of dehydration may decline in brain functionality and can cause a headache.Water can lower the protentional life-threatening risk of Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), aid the health of the kidney by lowering the risk of kidney stones, bladder infection and other chronic kidney diseases. For those looking for youthful, plumping, collagen filled and elasticated skin; drinking plenty of water will help you stay looking young and youthful for longer and help prevent premature ageing as it slows down the signs of fine lines and wrinkles. Mineral water helps to keep the skin hydrated, distribute the oil in the skin and build a barrier on the skin that is harder to break through by the sun, hence reducing sun damage.

 

Hair 

Water carries (through the blood) essential nutrient to the scalp, hair root and follicles which nourishes the hair. A dehydrated hair can dry out the hair shaft and a dry hair shaft can lead to split ends, breakage of the hair and dry and brittle hair. Water can remove toxin from the hair and scalp through sweat and hair wash. Water also helps to carry and distribute sebum (the natural oil the scalp produces for the hair) to the hair strands which helps to reduce frizz, tangles and knots on the hair.

 

It provides the hair with flexibility and elasticity which provides movement and decreases breakage

Best, easiest and cheapest way to provide moisture (as water is moisture). Moisture then keeps the hair hydrated. Hydrated hair means that the hair is not dry as dry hair causes brittle breakable hair.

Rose Water

Rosa damascene is the scientific name for rose. Roses can be found all over the world in different varieties and colours and the flower tends to be the symbol for love. The petal can be used for many different things such as food, beautiful bouquet and be pressed, boiled to make oil, essential oil and water.  The water has been know to be use for cosmetic practices back to the ancient Egyptian times.

Rose water is distilled water with the benefits and the scent of roses. You can either buy rose water or make it yourself.

To make rose water, all you need is fresh scented rose petals (washed under water) placed in a pot of distilled water. Boil on medium heat until the colour of the petals changed, let it cool and poor in a bottle or a jar. Store it in a cool dark place.

If you buy rose water make sure that you check the ingredient for any harsh chemicals and preservatives.

Benefits of Rose Water:

Helps to reduces dandruffs as rose water is a mild astringent

The scent from the water is soothing and calming which may help left your mood

Leaves the hair softer, bouncier and fuller

It has antibacterial and cleansing properties which are beneficial to hair, scalp and skin (helps to heal cuts burns and other type of skin wound). This is great as rose water can be used on any hairstyles especially braids/plaits and twists (this helps with those busy days when wash day can be delayed by a day or two).

Rose water helps to stimulate the scalp and follicle cells which promotes hair growth and reduce hair loss.

Contains vitamin A, C, D, E, and B3, these strengthen the hair.

It fights against again for the scalp, the follicle cells and overall skill conditions (such as: eczema) as rose wated is packed with flavonoids, tannins, and antioxidants.

PS: When I was sick I was unable to wash my hair  for about 2 months (I wash my hair at least once a week or twice a week if I swim or exercise- this is every often) after undergoing a major surgery. Rose water was my hair saviour as my scalp never itched and the rose water helps to freshen and hydrate my hair (please remember that this was an emergency measure and not a permanent solution as hair and scalp needs frequent cleansing to provide the ultimate atmosphere for growth and health) 

Rice Water

Rice water treatment for hair is a practise done in Japan, China and Southeast Asia since around the 794CE (the Heian Period) and has now grow in popularity in the West.

Rice water is the starchy watery left over from cooked or soak rice.  This water contains many vitamins and minerals such as: Vitamin E, antioxidants, amino acids and the B vitamins.

Benefit of Rice Water

It is believed that rice water helps to detangle the hair whilst providing shine

Rice Water makes the hair smoother, stronger whilst promoting growth (due to good blood circulation to the scalp). Inositol is contained in rice water; a Japanese research facility suggest that inositol have a strengthen effect of the hair. It creates a coat around the hair strand.

Adds volume and repairs damage hair especially split ends.

PS: When I worked at a sixth form college in North London, a young lady asked my opinion on what products to use to help grow her natural hair. As we were discussing this, a young Chinese student decided to interject himself to our conversation, to highly recommend rice water. He informed us how his female family members uses rice water and how long and beautiful their hair grew. 

Coconut Water

Coconut water is the juice from a young green coconut (mostly, however, mature coconut can also contain the juice) which is growing on a palm tree. Palm trees can be found in tropical climates and areas such as the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The Latin name for coconut is Cocos Nucifera and it is considered a fruit rather than a nut despite its name. Pure coconut water contains about 94% water and very little fat content. Coconut can take up to a year to mature and coconut can be considered young from around 6 months of growth.

As well as having most of the benefits of normal water for the body listed above, coconut water is also boosting the immunity and the metabolism which can aid in weight loss. For pregnant women, it can help with hyperemesis gravidarum (morning sickness) and heartburn. Coconut water can help to reduce stress and anxiety when consume before bed as the sweet fragrance slows down your heart rate and reacts to your psychological senses. Also, coconut water contains antioxidants, which help to regulate free ridicules and helps the body fight against diseases and organ damage especially of the liver. Coconut water can aid in reducing the glucose, insulin and haemoglobin levels in the blood, which can help to regulate prediabetic and diabetic patients (type 2 diabetic) sugar level; it is rich in magnesium which can lead to sensitivity to insulin.

Coconut water reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels and therefore aiding in the health of the heart. It also contains arginine, which is great for a healthy heart and aiding in the healing of the body tissues after exercise. Cytokinin is a hormone that helps to fight cancer and have anti-ageing properties; cytokine is found in coconut water, but there haven’t been any significant studies that support coconut as a good source of fighting or reducing cancer or cancer cells.

Hair

Coconut water contains many minerals and vitamins such as amino acid which helps to keep the hair cells strong, promotes growth (due to the antibacterial fatty acid of lauric acid that moisture the hair strands) and gives the hair a thicker appearance. It also hydrates the hair, which helps to soften the hair and keeps it silky and helps to tame the frizz. Coconut water is a lightweight Hydrator that helps to nourish the hair without its weight the hair down. It also has antiseptic properties that help to fight dandruff and dry scalp. Due to coconut water containing potassium, it means it can nourish the hair and prevent hair loss.

 

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25% Off Everything

We are please to announce that we are now open from 01 August 2020 and to celebrate our opening (back in business for the very first in almost 3 months), our 2 years start up anniversary (August 2020)  and 1 year trading anniversary (July 2020) we are offering 25% off everything including new products (excluding postage and packaging). This deal is for ONE DAY ONLY (from 01 August 2020 at 00:00 BST to August 2020 at 23:59 BST). Shop NOW and enjoy shopping

UK Black Business Show

We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s UK Black Business Show which is taking place on 10 October 2020 at The QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE. This is going to be a fully fun-packed event. For more information visit: https://ukblackbusinessshow.co.uk/

Business Still Close

We are still close and not taking any orders as Rhoda is still recovering. We plan to reopen for business on Saturday 1st August 2020. Works are ongoing behind the scene.

 

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Happy Father’s Day

We would like to wish every single father a very Happy Father’s Day especially the Afro Caribbean fathers. May you have a wonderful day. Thank you very much for being leaders, teachers, protectors, providers and inspiration not only to your household, but to the community and all the future generations to come; keep doing these and more.

To celebrate Father’s Day, we decided to celebrate some men (this is not an exhausted listed- to learn more, the links are below under Reference) from the Afro Caribbean (including America) community who have had an impact on the world and in history.

Inventors

In 1923, inventor Garrett Morgan invented the three-way traffic light amongst other things. Morgan inventions tend to improve systems and machines that were already in place. The two-way traffic light that was in place at the time caused many accidents which Morgan witness and came up with the three-way traffic light to make the roads a lot safe by adding the amber light as a warning for drivers to slow down and stop.  Morgan other inventions improved the gas mask, sewing machines, safety hood and smoke protector amongst other things.

In 1881 Lewis Latimer improved Thomas Edison invention of the light bulb by using carbon filament to create the light bulb. This made the light bulb last lot longer. Before Latimer improvement, light bulbs were made using many different materials such as bamboo filament and would only last for days. Latimer also co-improved the railroad train bathrooms with his other invention of the train water closet.

In 1980 Dr Mark Dean worked for IBM as a Chief Engineer with a team of 12 others. Not only did him and his team created the first IBM Personal Computer he also co-invented and developed the colour monitor and first gigahertz processor chip in the late 90s. This chip allowed the processing rates at faster speeds in computers.

.Business Men

Paul Cuffee was an 18th-century sea captain of an all-black crew and a businessman. His parentage stems from a Ghanaian Ashanti man and an Aquinnah Wampanoag. Cuffee sailed the Atlantic Coast and travelling to Africa and Europe and he even helped the British to resettle freed slaves.

William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr was one of the most successful ad earliest Mixed heritage businessmen in America. He gained success as a trade in the ship and logistic industry (by establishing shipyard, lumber yard, and ship chandlery shop) as well as the real estate industry (property industry) in the 1800s. Leidesdorff built San Francisco’s very first hotel, served as the city’s first treasurer and became the first African descendent to become a millionaire in America with a net worth of 1.4 million dollars at the time.

John H. Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company which published both the very popular Ebony and Jet magazines. To help support his venture Johnson took a $500 loan and borrowed it against his mother’s furniture. Johnson was the very first African American to appear in the Forbes 400 in 1982. He currently employs over 2,600 people and has sales of nearly $400 million.

Sportsmen

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pele is a Brazilian football player (soccer player). Arguably he is considered one of the great footballers of the 20th century, if not, of all time and he is the player that has won the most world cup (three in total- 1958, 1962 and 1970). Pele is an advocate of overcoming poverty as well as a global ambassador for sport.

Michael Jordan is an American six times NBA champion and is considered the greatest basketballer of all time. He is one of the pivotal players in popularising the sport of basketball not only in his home country but internationally.

Usain Bolt is an iconic, record-breaking Jamaican athlete. He is a triple gold medallist at three consecutive Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016) and holds the records for both the 100metres and 200metres.

Mohammed Ali is thought of as the greatest boxer to ever live (to date). He is famous and admired for his boxing skills as well as his beliefs and principle; for example, he took the controversial decision not to fight in Vietnam

Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics; this Olympics were thought as the “Hitler” Olympics due to the climate of the era, Owens faced many racism and discrimination whilst competing.

Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian marathon runner who became the first African to win a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics game. He is a double Olympics champion (1960 and 1964) and even competed barefooted.

Entertainment

Bob Marley is a world-famous, cultural icon and globe music superstar from Jamaica. He helped to make Jamaica Reggae an international sensation with his songwriting skills and his concise music.

Michael Jackson is an American musical entertainer who was a pioneer of music videoes and making the channel MTV change course. Jackson’s Thriller video made record companies realised how important videoes are, and what great marketing tool they can be. Record companies started investing money in creating videos and this became a must for any artist. Jackson also made MTV played a lot more Pop and R&B music (MTV was only interested in Rock and alternative music such as Indie) after the Thriller video made the Thriller album the biggest selling album of all time.

Quincy Jones is a well-respected American Producer and Musician (he plays multi-instruments) who produces both music and entertainment shows. He has worked with people such as Michael Jackson, Prince, The Beatles, Will Smith just to name a few and have produced shows such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Others

Mansa Musa ruled Mali, a landlocked country in West Africa that produced fifty per cent of the world’s gold and salt at the time of his ruling. Mali natural resources made Musa the riches ad wealthiest person of his time.

Haile Selassie was Ethiopia Emperor from 1930 and inspiration in helping Africa nations fight for independence when he stopped the invasion of Italy on Ethiopia.

Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first beloved president when they gain indecent from Great Britain. Nkrumah was an advocate of Pan-Africanism and African independence.

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Biography Online; Accessed on 08 June 2020: https://www.biographyonline.net/politicians/african/changed-world.html

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Barba, R (2015); 21 Most Successful Black Entrepreneurs Throughout History; Tech.co; https://tech.co/news/21-successful-black-entrepreneurs-throughout-history-2015-02

The Voice (2017, 2020); Five Black Male Inventors You Should Know; The Voice: https://archive.voice-online.co.uk/article/five-black-male-inventors-you-should-know

The Black Inventors Online Museum; Accessed 08 June 2020; Male Inventors;  Adscape International, LLC; http://blackinventor.com/male-inventors/

Morgan, T (2019/2020); 8 Black Inventors Who Made Daily Life Easier; The History Channel; A&E Television Networks, LLC; https://www.history.com/news/8-black-inventors-african-american

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Reason Behind Business Activties Freeze

Apologies that everything has to put on hold as our founder Rhoda had to have emergency medical procedures (none Covid-19 related) and is now recovering from these procedures. Even though we are very fortunate to have many volunteers and family members helping us with the business (from the photo shoots to Tradeshows and even the blogs) however, predominately of the business is run and operated by Rhoda.

Even though many activities are not taking place in front of the screen, but behind the screen, Rhoda is working very hard on the business. We have new products launching straight after the lockdown, and we had hoped to launch phase two of the business (the original business concept) in the summer of 2020; but due to Covid-19, this is postponed until the summer of 2021. Rhoda is focusing on creating contents for the blog and social media; she is also doing all the behind the screen preparation to launch the new hair accessories. This will be the last blog post for a while, the next blog post will be in a month’s time as Rhoda needs to focus on her recovery.

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Brief Background on the Founder:

Rhoda was a professional Actress/Performer by trade and has appeared in pantomimes, short films and many shows and performances such as UEFA Championship League Final 2011 and London 2012 Olympics where she danced at the opening ceremonies. Although Rhoda loved performing and was grateful to work with some of the industry best, she knew this path was not her calling and retired from the performing industry in 2012 after 5 years (from qualifying but was performing since she was young). She then spent years wondering what to do and what path to take.In her student days, she worked in London and the home counties selling luxurious cosmetic products. 

In 2009, Rhoda decided to go natural once and for all (she attempted this many times but got dissuaded by friends and family) and spent two years not know how to look after her hair (and hiding her hair most of the time). She was then ridiculed by others (from all races, including the black race- before the natural movement became big) anytime her natural hair was out during those two years. She spent another 18 months researching (and still learning) natural and organic herbs, spices, plants, vegetables and fruits that supported healthy hair growth for natural hair and wanted to share this wealth of information by creating natural hair product business (she is now sharing this through the blog). Rhoda spent another year researching how to start a cosmetic company whilst also attending the Prince’s Trust business programme (a very good programme and would highly recommend). However, many things went wrong, and she decided that this was not the path for her. This was not the first entrepreneurship itch she wanted to scratch; between 2003 and 2004, Rhoda wanted to start a fashion business, but fear and the “wisdom” from her family and friends persuaded her not to gamble on such risky and unpredictable venture.

In 2009, When Rhoda first went natural (for good), a family member was getting married and she wanted to decorate her hair. Although there were beautiful hair accessories around (which she invested in a lot) it because evident how difficult it was to remove (difficulties in pain as well as in hair loss) these accessories. So, she went on a mission and started to research good quality hair accessories that are kind and gentle to all hair types, especially Afrocarbbean hair. This research took about 5 years (this just goes to show how very little the natural hair community is represented in this part of the beauty industry) but, once she found this, she sat on the idea for another 3 years. Rhoda thought that this might not be a popular concept in the black community (as many foci were placed on hair products) and had another concept for head attires.

So, she spent another two years researching for quality materials, suppliers and conducting several market researches to ensure that it was a very feasible business. Between 2014-present she researched different types of funding her business venture, but this was very hard (as it is either a grant- which she didn’t meet the criteria or a loan- which she was against). So, she started working for an NHS Trust and have worked full time for the NHS on and off since to help fund her business and to support herself. Even though the business was legally launched in 2018, the planning and preparation started in late 2014 as Rhoda slowly started to put things in place to make the launch possible in August 2018. Between launching the business and now running the business, it has been a huge learning curve and Rhoda is still learning.

When Rhoda launch the business in 2018, not only was she a full-time NHS worker but she was a part-time student (was studying MSc Psychology) as well as freelancing as a children’s entertainment worker (She love working with children and young people); so effectively Rhoda was doing 4 very demanding things between 2018 and 2019. Rhoda has overcome hardship and so many obstacles and this current one will not stop her from providing her community, customers and readers with the things they need. Rhoda story is a true testimony that if you overcome fears, hearsays and you put in a little hard work, determination and dedication, you can achieve anything. Yes, she has just begun her business journey; yes, there are many more obstacles to overcome and many more learning curves to master, but with her steely determination and confidence, she can achieve whatever she wants.

 

Freeze in Activities

Unfortunately Flourishing Crown will have to stop posting blogs and taking orders as an unforeseen incident has taken place. We will resume all activities in the very near future and keep you all updated.

Please stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.

Thank you again to all our customers and readers for your support and patience. Please bear with us during these difficult times.  We love and appreciate you all.

Mental Health and Wellbeing during Covid-19

Mental health concern or disorder is when an individual display an emotional or behavioural pattern that is considered abnormal for the individual or the society, they live in.  It can impair or causes distress to their everyday functioning such as; working, getting dressed, socialising, sleeping, etc. This can impact an individual’s mental and emotional part of the body which takes place in the brain.  Just like physical health, mental health needs support, love, understanding and care for an individual to recover from it. However, mental health is often misunderstood, stigmatised and discriminated against. Mental and physical health are interlinked in many ways, and one can have an impact on the other.

Although experts are not exactly sure of what causes a decline or a complete breakdown in mental health, many of these factors can contribute to a mental health disorder.

Substances (whether recreational or prescribe):  Substances are complex chemicals that react to the chemicals and electrons in our brain. Sometimes these reactions have a very negative impact on the overall functioning of the brain which can cause a mental health breakdown.

Life Stressors: Life is full of ups and downs (stressors) and sometimes too many stressors can have a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Life stressors can be anything and everything an individual finds difficult to overcome, so things like finance, bereavement, job loss, divorce, parenthood, exams, isolation, illness, etc. can be stressors.

DNA: This is one factor that is really hard to trace as most of us only know our DNAs up to our grandparents, grandaunts/uncles so, we don’t really know our family history let alone the different personalities and medical histories. However, if any members of your family had suffered from a mental disorder, then there is a possibility that you may suffer from one. Your DNA can also be linked to your coping mechanism and resilience you are with life stressors.

Lifestyle: Lifestyle is looking more at your diet and sleeping pattern (even though the above factors are part of your lifestyle). The type of food we consume; the amount of food we consume; the length and quality of sleep we receive can have an impact on our mental health. 

People you associate with: The people we associate with and the interaction we have with them can have an impact on our mental health.

Weather: The weather also has an impact on our mental state. Us Brits (as well as most Northern and Southern hemisphere countries in the world) are very much aware of this during seasonal chances such as winter.

Below is a list of the different types of mental health concern an individual can be affected by with brief information of what it is and how it effect can take place. Please note that individuals can suffer from more than mental health concerns.

Anger: We have all felt anger at some point or another. However, this becomes a disorder when an individual cannot manage it and exact their frustrations on others in a physical and/or emotional outburst frequently.

Anxiety and Panic Attack: It is an intense emotional worry (this is when our adrenaline is increased to the Fight, Flight or Freeze response) that increases our heart rate and blood pressure. Anxiety and Panic Attack can be caused by a thought, a feeling or a physical sensation.

Bipolar Disorder: This is a mood disorder and can affect individual people differently as we all experience different moods in a slightly different way. There is also different severity of the disorder. There are two parts to Bipolar, which are Manic or Hypomanic episode and Depressive episode. A Manic/Hypomanic episode is when the sufferer is on a high and a Depressive episode the sufferer is on a low.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: This disorder is when an individual is overly anxious about their body image. This can present itself in eating disorders, over exercising and excess cosmetic surgery.

Clinical/Chronic Depression: This is a very deep, dark and extremely low mood type of depression, where an individual can self-neglect and seize to (or finds it extremely difficult to) function in their everyday life.

Hoarding: Finding it very difficult to throw anything away (regardless of the value), has emotional attachment to things and feels anxiety at the thought of throwing anything away

Loneliness/Isolation: Feelings of being along and physically being alone for a long period of time without any social interaction.

OCD: This stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This is a disorder that has two components which are Obsession and compulsion. Obsession is a repeated but unwanted thoughts, images, worries, doubts and urges in an individual mind. This can cause a feeling of anxiousness. Compulsion repeated activities or actions that helps to reduce anxiety cause by the obsession.

Personality Disorder: Is having difficulties in relating with others and yourself, and having problems in coping with day to day life.

Perinatal Depression: is a depression that is associated with pregnancy and up to the first year after giving birth.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It is an anxiety type disorder that can happen after experiencing and/or witnesses a traumatic situation or events

Psychosis: This is when an individual interprets and/or perceive reality differently from those around them and their society (this can be delusion, paranoid delusion, hearing voices, etc.)

Schizoaffective Disorder: Is both mood and psychotic disorder that can happen within a couple of weeks from each other during a single episode and can cause individual to self-neglect.

Schizophrenia: This disorder can cause hallucination, delusion, paranoid delusions and disorganised speech and thought. Individual suffers self-neglects

Seasonal Affective Disorder: This is a type of depression that individuals can experience during a particular season (weather) or time of year.

The signs that you or someone you know may be suffering from a mental health breakdown are:

Eating problem/difficulties: Having difficulties in eating where they will play with their food or hide their food. They may also over eat (more so than their normal eating habit)

Hypomania: Full of energy, over spend and shop a lot, extremely happy and euphoric, over talkative (can’t get words out fast enough), increase in sex drive, easily distracted in thought and concentration, irritable and agitated (please remember that this should be outside of the norm for the individual)

Paranoia: This is when an individual thinks and believe they are under threat (even though there are little to no evidence of this) or have an exaggerated suspicion (i.e. people making a nasty rumour or comments about them)

Self-Esteem: It is how individual perceive and value themselves based on self-opinion and beliefs. During a mental health break down, individuals can have very low to nonexistence self-esteem.

Self-Harm: This is a coping mechanism, where individual participate in self-destructive behaviour to help cope with difficult events, situations, feelings, thoughts and painful behaviour. Self-harm is a short term realise pressure and pleasure but the original distress is still present as it have not been dealt with (also self-harm may cause other distress as a result).

Sleeping Problem: Finding it very difficult to sleep and feeling more tired than usual.

Suicidal Feeling: Feeling that you cannot go on living and that life would be better minus you (but this is wrong as you may be causing more harm to your loved ones than you will realise). Please remember that all problem has some sort of solution and help should be seek immediately if you or someone you know have these feelings.

To get support there are many people and organisations you can turn to, to receive the right support.

Hospital: You can go to the accident and emergency department who will then contact the right team and professionals to help and support you

Call: You can dial 999 (UK), 911 (US) and 112 (Europe) to be transported to emergency department if you are unable to go (please remember that this is for serious emergency- for example if you feel suicidal). Also, you can call 111 NSH direct (England) or 0845 46 47 (Wales) for advice if it is none emergency.

Samaritans: In the UK you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 who can then provide you with a good listen ears and advice (if you need any)

Crisis Team: In the UK you can contact your local crisis team who are specialist mental health professionals available to provide you with the support you need.

Crisis House: Offers a short-term support in a residential setting Crisis House can be a safe haven for many

GP: Your GP will refer you to the right mental health team or professionals

Therapy: Every area has at least one specialist services that consists of Psychologists, Psychotherapists which may include: Psychologists, Arts therapists (including Arts/Music and Sound/Dance and Movement and Drama Therapists), Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Occupational Therapy. These are highly trained professionals who will try to provide you with the right type of support. These are the many therapy service you can access: Anxiety UK, Mental Health Matters, IAPT (England)

Medication: Your GP or a Psychiatrist may prescribe you medication

CMHT (UK): CMHT stands for Community Mental Health Team, this is a specialist team that contains many health professionals to support you in your road to recovery in the community and at home. The professionals can be made up of Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and now an Employment Specialist. These key workers are there to support you with every aspect of your life from understand your illness and medication (if you are on one), to providing you with your medication, finance, working life, family dynamic, physical health, etc.

Charities (UK): There are many charities that can provide you with support and possible advocacy such as Mind, Young Mind, Samaritans, Mental Health Foundation, Nightline Association, Beat, Calm, Shout, The Mix, OCD Action, Turning Point, Rethink, Cruse Bereavement Care, Rape Crisis. These are some of national charities but there are local charities as well- ask your GP or your local NHS mental health services for more information.

Reference:    

Mental Health UK: https://mentalhealth-uk.org/help-and-information/conditions/

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/symptoms-causes/syc-20374968

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/mental_health/management/en/

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/seeking-help-for-a-mental-health-problem/where-to-start/

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/getting-help-in-a-crisis/

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Domestic Abuse

Since the lockdown have been enforced, there are many reports that Domestic Abuse is on the increase. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or not sure if you are but want more information, then this blog post is for you.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse is the new term for Domestic Violence. The term changed as Domestic Violence can take many forms and it doesn’t always involve physical abuse or violence.

These are the many different forms of abuse:

Economic abuse- This can be any form of financial abuse (involving money) including loyalty point/rewards, gift vouchers, etc.

Emotional, Mental or Psychological abuse- This form of abuse can be referred to any of these terms; this is abuse is where a person behaviour and treatment can cause significant trauma to another’s emotional wellbeing and can cause psychological distress. Psychological distress can include: as anxiety, chronic-depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sexual abuse- This abuse comes in many different forms including posting/sharing and receiving intimate images of someone without their consent, coercing or forcing someone to view or participating in sexual activities they don’t want to do.

Online abuse- This is any abuse that involves the internet and therefore this form of abuse can be interlinked with other forms of abuse.  

Verbal abuse- Verbal abuse is any type of abuse that comes in the shape of any sound, so this can be words, grunts, sighs, the kiss of teeth, etc. It is any sound that is used to bring another person down.

Coercive control and ‘gaslighting- Is a psychological mind game and manipulation of an individual to create doubts, questioning of memory, judgement and perception.

Physical abuse- This is an abuse that can take shape in the physical form such as punching, kicking, biting, throwing objects, slapping, hair pulling, etc.

What causes Domestic Abuse?

There are many reasons why a person can abuse others, but whatever the reason, the person receiving the abuse is NOT at fault and they SHOULDN’T live in an abusive environment.

Some people grew up in an abusive home and are therefore desensitised from it and believes that these types of behaviour are normal. Sometimes a stressful situation or a change of circumstances can cause abuse such as the current lockdown and recession. Food, mood, temperature and substances (such as substance misuse) can change a person’s behaviour into an abusive behaviour. It can be personality traits where a person loves power and control and like to implement their version of power and control.

What are the signs Domestic Abuse?

If you suspect that you or someone you know may be experiencing domestic abuse and are unsure, these are some sign to look out for and to seek help.

Bruises: If a person is covered in bruises, trying to hide (wearing unsuitable clothing- i.e. long sleeves on an extremely hot day) or make excuses (implausible reasons) for bruises.

Withdrawn: If they become withdrawn and are not interacting with friends and family or at social gatherings like how they normally would.

Finances: This sign can take place in different forms. The first form is financial difficulties- so if the person is having financial troubles where they are always either bothering money or can’t afford to pay for things. The second form is financial affluent- The person suddenly has too much money or expensive goods in their possessions all of a sudden without any plausible explanation- This might be a sign of grooming which will lead to abuse.

Prisoner at Home: If the person is not allowed to leave the home or if they do, they have to be back at a certain time and if they are not, they seem worried and afraid.

Tracking: If the person whereabout and other activities are getting monitored using technological tools and social media.

Where to seek help?

999 Police

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, you can dial 999 and the police will take the call. If you are unable to speak (for whatever reason), you can cough or tap on the phone when the operator asks you some questions. If you are calling from a mobile you can dial 55 if prompt (55 is requesting help silently so that the abuser is not aware that you just called the police). Please remember that once 55 is dialled, the police are unable to trace the location of your call.

If you are on a landline, the 55 option is NOT available, but the call will stay connected for 45 seconds in case you can pick up again. The call handler will be able to locate your location on a landline to then pass the information to the responding officers.

Refuge

Have a 24 hours 7 days a week National Domestic Abuse Helpline you can contact on 0808 2000 247. All calls are absolutely free and confidential and you can book a safe time to speak to them on their website. Their website is packed with supportive information and guidance for victims and friends and family of victims.

 

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid provides a range of services for survivors of Domestic Abuse as well as providing special information and for the Covid-19 virus outbreak. They also provide domestic abuse services locally and you can search for your local one here.

 

Men’s Advice Line

For men facing domestic abuse, you can receive confidential support from Men’s Advice Line, their number is 0808 801 0327

 

Galop – for members of the LGBTQ+ community

If anyone from the LGBTQ+ community want support with domestic abuse then Galop have a specialist service for you. You can either call them on 0800 999 5428 or email them at  help@galop.org.uk

 

‘Honour’-based abuse

Anyone who thinks they or someone they know are suffering some form of ‘Honour’ based abuse can contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 or email them at: support@karmanirvana.org.uk

Karma Nirvana runs the national honour-based abuse. Honour Based abuse is when individual is abuse because their family or community believes that individual have compromised the family or the community honour/reputation.

 

SignHealth

SignHealth offers support for any deaf person communicating using the British Sign Language (BSL) who may be facing domestic abuse. They can be contacted on 020 3947 2601, or email at: da@signhealth.org.uk or WhatsApp/Facetime on: 07970 350366.

 

Children and Young People affected by domestic abused can contact any of these organisations, they will support and provide you with the information you, your friends and your family needs.

Childline– Their number is 0800 1111

Barnado’s

Family Lives– Their number is 0808 800 2222

 

 

Reference

Home Office (2020); Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse; UK Government; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-domestic-abuse

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