During these times of uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, those in the electrical trade may find not only their business and work being negatively impacted, but also their mental health. The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) is keen to outline what support it can provide to industry members. Please read on for our 9th October update.

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We understand this is a complex and difficult time for everyone. We are living in a time of great uncertainty and increasing worry about our health and livelihoods. We understand that the effect of COVID-19 on industry and income will be great and we will all be affected. In times of darkness and insecurity we want to let our Industry members know, that we will be here to help you. 

 


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We are inclined to engage with our own methods of multitasking under challenge and pressure. Here are some tips on how to unlearn this practice which can debilitate progress - https://www.fastcompany.com/90559992/how-to-avoid-multitasking-when-you-work-from-home?fbclid=IwAR15zeq1BUXmRilCTmRwzRbehIU3y2aZ7BpVCibER9kdHp6H56AhSSs-GkI

 

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Understanding our own experience of anxiety and how it impacts our individuals lives. Here is a lived account of personal experience of anxiety - https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/get-out-your-mind/201602/what-i-learned-about-anxiety-giving-talk-anxiety

It is often difficult to identify the difference between anxiety and stress, this article engages with this question of commonality and difference - https://www.apa.org/topics/stress-anxiety-difference?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-stress&utm_content=stress-anxiety-difference

We have all experienced a rollercoaster of emotion during this pandemic, this article offers tips on how to improve on mood when we find ourselves feeling low - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201701/10-simple-ways-improve-your-mood-when-youre-feeling-down . It is important to note that if your experience of low mood is persistent, severe, and impacting your daily life it is strongly recommended that you consult with a mental health professional and/ or your GP. 

Understanding our own experience of anxiety and how it impacts our individuals lives. Here is a lived account of personal experience of anxiety - https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/get-out-your-mind/201602/what-i-learned-about-anxiety-giving-talk-anxiety

It is often difficult to identify the difference between anxiety and stress, this article engages with this question of commonality and difference - https://www.apa.org/topics/stress-anxiety-difference?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-stress&utm_content=stress-anxiety-difference

We have all experienced a rollercoaster of emotion during this pandemic, this article offers tips on how to improve on mood when we find ourselves feeling low - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201701/10-simple-ways-improve-your-mood-when-youre-feeling-down . It is important to note that if your experience of low mood is persistent, severe, and impacting your daily life it is strongly recommended that you consult with a mental health professional and/ or your GP.


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  • The charity will consider providing small grants in immediate and urgent need.
  • Provide advice to industry individuals regarding financial relief strategies and support services available to them.
  • Provide support to employees worried about income, having to work and/or losing their employment.
  • Strategies to implement immediately to soften the financial burden i.e. mortgage/rent holiday’s, freezing of gym memberships and others.
  • Signposting to other welfare services and charities for support.
  • Review of individual welfare benefits, your eligibility and support with the application process were necessary.
  • Food vouchers if in immediate and urgent need.

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  • Self-isolation is likely to have a negative impact on our mental health and it is important we remain aware of this and try to buffer against it by putting support strategies in place. The EIC can recommend support strategies to help you cope through this time of isolation.
  • Telephone and skype counselling are available to industry members.
  • Psychiatric assessments for complex mental health issues are available to industry members.
  • Signposting to other mental health support services and online services.

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  • The EIC is recommending that individuals with pre-existing health conditions i.e. undergoing cancer treatment, heart disease, diabetes and others should self-isolated and managers need to be informed as soon as possible if you care for or reside with a family member or person who is deemed as having pre-existing health conditions. The EIC can provide further guidance to you if you feel unsure as to how to communicate this to your employer.
  • Hygiene tips and resources
  • Managing self-isolation

Confidential Helpline 0800 652 1618 and/or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Furlough Replaced:

                  

https://youtu.be/58Wrw7ALEB8

Very useful video link explaining the new Job Support Scheme – courtesy of Martin Lewis

           New Job Support Scheme starts on 1st November and runs for 6 months – no guidance for employers on how to apply yet.

           Must have been on Employer’s PAYE on or before 20th September 2020.

           You must work at least a THIRD of your normal hours and will be paid in full for these.

           For the hours you can’t work, the cost is usually split THREE ways – the state’s contribution is capped at just under £700 per month. Here the state pays a third, the employer a third and employee loses a third. Now it’s unknown as to whether the employer’s contribution will be capped.

           If you earn less than £38,000 per annum you won’t be affected by the cap and will get ¾ of your pay.

           Above £38,000 per annum and you will be affected – but the full picture is not yet clear.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/employed-help-coronavirus-furlough/?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=29-Sep-20-50640904-9105&utm_campaign=nt-hiya&utm_content=3#supportscheme

This is the full link with current information – thanks to MSE News.

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – Extended

Now extended with a 3rd and 4th Grant going through to April 2021.

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/04/self-employed-help-coronavirus/?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=29-Sep-20-50640904-9105&utm_campaign=nt-hiya&utm_content=4#extended

Again, this is the link with full information on the income available and eligibility.

Bounce-back loans – help for small businesses and income support for those missing out elsewhere.

These are 100% state-backed loans up to £50,000 with no interest charged or repayments needed in first 12 months. Recent changes mean that you can now choose to extend repayment over 10 years.  Applications have been extended to the end of November 2020.