July Newsletter

Coercive control

In the UK, coercive control is a criminal offense. One of the less recognised forms of domestic abuse, it can have a devastating impact on victims. Abusers may not recognise control of money, restriction of autonomy, or jealousy as abusive behaviours. If you’re a victim of coercive control, you might recognise some of the themes in the article from Vogue. In the early stages of a relationship, it’s easy to mistake control for caring. Women’s Aid has a wealth of information about how to help keep yourself safe online if you’re concerned that a partner or family member is monitoring your online activity. If possible, use internet away from the home. Make sure you understand private or incognito browsers and how to clear your history. Women’s Aid has information about domestic abuse including coercive control. The site has a quick exit button, in case you’re concerned someone may see you. If you are a man and concerned that your behaviour towards a partner or family member may be abusive, you may find the advice from Men’s Health Forum useful. There is a five step programme to help you get out of a cycle of abuse.


Men can find themselves being abused by partners or family members. It can be difficult to accept that you’re being abused, and harder still to seek help. https://www.healthline.com/health/coercive-control https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/taking-back-control https://www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/ https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/coercive-control/ https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/domestic-violence-you-dishing-it-out https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/domestic-violence-receiving-end

Preventing diabetes

Diabetes causes around 500 premature deaths in the UK each week. If you’ve never thought about your risk of type 2 diabetes, the NHS has a risk calculator that can help you to work out whether changes to your lifestyle may be needed. More than half of all cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or delayed, so making simple lifestyle changes now could improve your long term health. If lifestyle changes could help you to reduce your risk, some of the most effective changes you can make to help reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes are very simple. https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented

Hot weather advice

With temperatures rising over the summer months, it’s an ideal time to think about how to stay safe in warmer weather. In the UK there are over 2000 deaths each year that are heat related. Signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite or feeling sick, excessive sweating ,and a high temperature of 38C or above. If you’re suffering from heat exhaustion, it’s important to try and cool yourself down within 30 minutes. Heat stroke can be very serious and should be treated as an emergency. If you feel unwell after 30 minutes of resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water, you have a temperature of 40C or over, if you feel confused, or aren’t sweating even though you feel very hot, these could be signs of heat stroke. If ou, or someone you care about is likely to be affected by extreme weather conditions, you can sign up for email alerts from the Met Office that will tell you when extreme weather is expected. Some groups of people are more likely to be adversely affected by weather conditions, including older adults, babies and young children, and those living with long term health conditions. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke/ https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/guide-to-email

Holiday advice

Whether you’re going overseas this yer, or planning to stay closer to home, the fitfortravel website has brilliant information about how to choose a suncream, who is most vulnerabl,e and the other preventative measures you can take to make sure you stay safe in the sun. The fitfortravel website also has a wealth of information about health issues that can occur on holiday and ways that you can stay safe whiltravelingng. If any kind of travel is in your plans, it’s well worth checking out. https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/general-travel-health-advice/sun-safety https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice

Healthier food ideas

Given rising levels of obesity and a trend towards less active lifestyles, it’s important to teach the young people in our lives how to eat healthily. A maximum of two 100 calorie snacks per day helps towards that goal. Small changes to your diet can make a big difference. Swapping food you eat regularly for healthier alternatives can make improvements to your diet with almost no effort. https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/food-facts/healthier-snacks/ https://www.nhs.uk/healthier-families/food-facts/healthier-food-swaps/#snacks

Mental health for young people

The NHS website has a fantastic page about how you can help and support children and young people with their mental health, including ways you might be able to identify if someone is struggling. Additionally, Kooth is an online support service for young people. It’s available in areas across the UK. If you think you might benefit, it’s worth taking a look. Young Minds might be just the support you’re looking for, if you, or[1] someone you care about is a young person who needs support with their mental health. https://www.kooth.com https://www.youngminds.org.uk https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/supporting-others/childrens-mental-health/

Dehydration advice

Dehydration can be a big problem in warmer weather. If you’re dehydrated, you may feel thirsty.Feelingg thirsty and dark coloured pee are two of the earliest signs of dehydration that you should look out for. Different colours of urine mean different things. If your urine is orange, would you know whether to be concerned? https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/ https://www.healthline.com/health/urine-color-chart#color-chart

Sun cream application

SunSmart is an Australian programme to help reduce the number of deaths from skin cancer. While we may not live in Australia, we can use lessons learned there to help and support children to stay safe in the sun. By improving early learning around sun safety, we can influence the ability of our own chil to look after their skin long term. https://www.sunsmart.com.au/advice-for/schools-early-childhood/education-resources

400/600/600 rule and TDE

An average adult needs between 2000 and 2400 calories per day, but it can be hard to translate that to what a meal should look like. This handy page has a wealth of ideas that fit the 400/600/600 model to ensure you only eat the necessary number of calories each day. If you’re overweight, losing just 5% of your body weight can have significant benefits. We tend to underestimate the amount of canumber that we’re consuming. Calculating the number of calories you need to maintain, lose or gain weight can help you stay within a healthy range. https://thrivingworkplaces.org.uk/what-does-400-600-600-look-like/ https://tdeecalculator.net


If you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, but you don’t want to talk to a GP, the Samaritans are available to speak to 24 hours ay, 365 days a year. Whatever the issue that you’re facing, you will be listened to by someone non-judgemental and supportive who will give you space to speak. If you don’t feel that you can talk to someone about the thing that is bothering you, the Samaritans have more than one way you can access support.

https://www.samaritans.org https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/


Parkrun is a free-to-enter activity held across the UK each week. With junior parkruns at 2km, and parkruns or all at 5km, there’s sure to be something suitable for you, no matter what your age. You don’t have to run the whole course, so even if you’re walking, you can get something out of it. https://www.parkrun.org.uk 


Shingles is a painful condition related to the chicken pox virus. While you cannot catch shingles, people who have not previously had chicken pox can chickenpoxom someone who has shingles. Shingles often appears on one siappearhe body only. If you are aged 70 to 79, you’re eligible for vaccination againsa t shingles. Shingles can cause pain and lasting complications. Vaccination helps to reduce your risk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/shingles/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-can-have-the-shingles-vaccine/


You might describe mindfulness as being “in the moment”. The practice of mindfulness has been shown to help with stress and anxiety.

Mindfulness can help with stress and anxiety. If you thinthatt having an app might help you practice mindfulness in your everyday life, you might find this article helpful. https://www.nhs.uk/mental-he,alth/self-help/tips-and-support/mindfulness/ https://www.independent.co.uk/extra...cessories/best-mindfulness-apps-a82

Published: Jul 1, 2022