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 27th August 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.
The Government’s Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle.
Registrations for members of the public who want to apply for a voucher are now open on the Energy Saving Trust website. The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused cycle in need of a repair. However, as there are a limited number of vouchers available, please consider the needs of others before applying for a voucher and do not delay making planned repairs outside of the scheme should your circumstances allow it. Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England, and up to two vouchers can be claimed per household.
France, Malta and the Netherlands have been added to the quarantine list
Mental Health Support
Our stress capacities have been challenged and tested during the pandemic. Here are 5 tips to support family health - https://www.apa.org/topics/managing-stress-healthy-family?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-stress&utm_content=managing-healthy-family
Statistics evidence a doubling in the experience of depression during the pandemic. Some individuals diagnosed with depression will be prescribed anti-depressants by their GP’s or mental health professionals. It is important to understand how anti-depressants work; here is useful information describing the various types of anti-depressants their use, side effects and other issues and useful contacts; for professional advice seek the support of your GP or mental health professional - https://www.rethink.org/advice-and-information/living-with-mental-illness/medications/antidepressants/
The pandemic resulted in children feeling more attached to their parents. As the school year draws near, it is important to understand how to support your child/children in reducing their anxiety associated with having to part and return to routine. The New York Times provides information on how to reduce separation anxiety in children -
Coronavirus: Self-isolation payment for low-income workers
Workers on low incomes in parts of England where there are high rates of coronavirus will be able to claim up to £182 if they must self-isolate. From Tuesday, those who claim Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit and cannot work from home will be able to get the money - equal to £13 a day. The benefit will be trialled in parts of north-west England first.
- 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