Making Connections with Laura Way

Dawn Breaks podcast

APR. 09, 2021

Key words: Topical steroid withdrawal, physical health, mental health, community, family, support network, music, healing, pain to purpose, skin health

Connect with Laura:
www.votch.co.uk
www.instagram.com/votchwatch
www.facebook.com/votchwatch
www.instagram.com/stagey

From Laura:

"I’m Laura, the founder of Votch, I launched Votch after suffering a debilitating condition called Topical Steroid Withdrawal, an excruciating condition that saw me lose my skin. I spent many hours in the bath, up to 20+ a day at times just to feel relief, and this went on for months on end. During my recovery, I spent a lot of time watching documentaries, including learning facts about the leather industry that truly shocked and saddened me. Having felt the pain of losing my own skin, I vowed to never wear the skin of another being again. When I recovered, and an old watch strap broke and finding a cruelty free replacement proved nigh impossible, the idea for Votch was born! A cruelty free watch company that gives back."

Connect with Laura:
www.votch.co.uk
www.instagram.com/votchwatch
www.facebook.com/votchwatch
www.instagram.com/stagey

Further support specific to this episode:

ITSAN - Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome Support: https://www.itsan.org/

NHS UK - Where to get urgent support for mental health: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/mental-health-services/where-to-get-urgent-help-for-mental-health/

Find an urgent Mental Health Helpline (England only): https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline

Call The Samaritans, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for anonymous support on 116 123

Text "SHOUT" to 85258 to contact the Shout Crisis Text Line, or text "YM" if you're under 19

Advice for how to cope during a mental health crisis from Mind UK: https://www.mind.org.uk/need-urgent-help/what-can-i-do-to-help-myself-cope/