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 5th November 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. 

Mental Health Support:

Drinking habits have increased over the pandemic and lockdown period. It is alcohol awareness week you might consider reducing or stopping drinking until the 22nd of November, here is how you can get involved - https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/alcohol-awareness-week-1/about-alcohol-awareness-week

Carers also need support, the pandemic has resulted in carers feeling anxious, overworked and without respite. People share their stories here - https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/blog/2020-05-22/what%E2%80%99s-it-care-someone-during-covid-19 and https://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2020/april/impact-of-pandemic-on-family-carers/ If you are a carer and meet our support eligibility criteria and need help, please contact the charity.

A man’s experience of therapy and the stigma that remains, this short read provides tips to engage with this experience  from a therapists perspective  - https://welldoing.org/article/mens-mental-health-how-therapy-experience-might-differ-for-men?utm_source=Welldoing.org+weekly+newsletter+recipients&utm_campaign=080e94d49c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_18_01_52&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2af528cb38-080e94d49c-370536816

Stricter lockdown for a third of Scotland
Tougher restrictions are to be imposed in 11 of Scotland's 32 council areas as concern grows over infection levels. The level four measures - the toughest on the nation's coronavirus prevention scale - mean 2.3 million people will be told to stay at home as much as possible and not visit friends and family. Pubs, gyms, restaurants, and non-essential shops will have to close. The "short and sharp" lockdown will take place across west and central Scotland - including Glasgow - from Friday until 11 December. Also, from Friday, people in all level three and four areas of Scotland will be banned in law from travelling outside their own council areas.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54978664

Christmas 'will not be normal' - PM
Christmas this year will not be normal – but the prime minister “has been clear in his desire to try and allow families to have Christmas together”, a No 10 spokesman says.
Boris Johnson will look at the latest data to make decisions and an update would be given next week, the spokesman added. The PM's comments follow news that the government is looking at how to relax coronavirus restrictions so families can celebrate Christmas together. England is expected to come out of its second national lockdown on 2 December and return to the tier system of localised restrictions, with household mixing banned indoors in the top two tiers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-54984108

Police to enforce travel ban in parts of Scotland
People living in areas of Scotland under level three and level-four restrictions will be breaking the law from Friday if they make non-essential journeys outside their own council area.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs police will have the powers to enforce the new restrictions. The legislation was announced as 11 of Scotland's 32 local authorities prepare to go into level four lockdown. Police Scotland said officers will only use the new powers as a "last resort". Meanwhile, Scotland's deputy minister defended the decision to keep schools open in areas which are being moved to level-four restrictions. John Swinney said it was "absolutely central" to the wellbeing of children and young people.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-54984108


pig       Financial Relief

  • 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.

Unknown 1       Mental Health Support

  • 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.

Unknown 2       Symptoms, hygiene and self-isolation

  • 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

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