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 16th April 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.
Salary – Employed and Self-employed support
- COVID -19 has presented challenges of varying difficulty to those who are adjusting to remote working, this is a useful piece on the psychological science behind our adaption process https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/backgrounder-covid-19-remote-work.html
HMRC Furlough Portal Goes Live on 20 April 2020, here is information on the application process and detail - https://employeasily.co.uk/hmrc-furlough-portal-goes-live-on-20-april-2020/
- For parents who are struggling at home with their new roles as teachers, here is useful information on how you manage the process-https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/supporting-social-and-emotional-learning-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic
- StepChange Debt Charity – their opening hours are currently 9-5 Monday to Friday due to reduced staffing levels because of Covid-19 and callers will experience longer wait times than usual.
Mental Health support
- Sleep quality has a significant affect on our mental wellbeing, here is information on how to support sleep quality during COVID-19 - https://www.wired.co.uk/article/coronavirus-sleep
- Ross Hyslop from Synaptein LTD provides YouTube videos engaging with the very real psychological distress, mainly fear, we are all going through, and he provides support on how to support ourselves and others. You can find his latest video’s which are regularly updated here - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsWZlnqaonajZSz0jZj-_RA/videos?view_as=subscriber
The charity like most industry will be financially burdened by the ramifications of COVID -19, but the welfare team are doing their best to provide both financial and emotional support to those in need. The charity is adapting its support service to help industry members through this pandemic.
Here is an outline of our available support services:
- 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