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 11th February update.
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.
A useful and accessible guide to applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - https://skybadger.co.uk
Support for children during these anxious and uncertain times.
1. Checklist for sleepy teenagers – answer the following questions to determine if your child is suffering some sleep deprivation: https://www.sleepscotland.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Checklist-for-sleepy-teenagers.pdf
2. How to Sleep Well Checklist – How many are they already doing? Could they follow a few more of these tips to help them sleep well? https://www.sleepscotland.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/How-to-sleep-well-checklist.pdf
3. Relaxation Techniques – Tips for relaxing then body, the mind and the breath (often said to lie in between mind and body) https://www.sleepscotland.org/new/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Relaxation-techniques-1.pdf
For further help and advice see:
Sleep Scotland offer a range of services including a counselling service for parents or carers of children with additional support needs or mental health conditions.
A helpful website for parents to safely manage their children and teens’ internet usage - https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
The pandemic has resulted in all of us experiencing varying levels of anxiety for different and shared reasons, here are important considerations - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shyness-is-nice/201711/5-things-people-misunderstand-about-anxiety
There has been a lot about conspiracy theories in the news lately and the impact it is having on vaccination uptake, let us consider the human psychology behind conspiracy theories - https://www-psychologytoday-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/talking-about-trauma/202102/the-psychology-conspiracy-theories-during-covid-19?amp
During the lockdown we have tried to walk more and it has developed connections with nature which have been uplifting for the spirit and in reducing anxiety here are tips on how you can reduce feelings of angst through walking - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/prescriptions-life/202101/walk-your-anxiety
- 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.
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.
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