May is mental health month and with everything going on in the world it's important we look after our mental health, now more than ever. 1 in 3 of the cases EIC support involve mental health and every year the Charity awards thousands of counselling and therapy grants. We all have mental health and 1 in 4 people within the UK will struggle with a mental health disorder within their lifetime.

Parenthood is difficult. Although there are a million and one books out there every child is different and if your child starts to exhibit signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder you may not know where to turn. The Electrical Industries Charity launched their Employee and Family Support Programme to assist you in supporting you and your family. Carole, an electrical distributor employee, and her husband Martin contacted the Charity about their daughter Katie when Katie first started primary school.

The powerLottery is the biggest and best way you can support our industry colleagues in need today. With 40 cash prizes to be won every year and £10,000 up for grabs bi-yearly this is the biggest sector lottery ever! The powerLottery helps to fund essential services to those who need a hand-up. Those like Jenny who contacted the Electrical Industries Charity after discovering she was being considered for redundancy.

In April, The Electrical Industries Charity is looking at caring for elderly parents. It’s a fact of life that we will all have to care for our parents in some capacity at some point. We often feel it is our duty to care for them in their twilight years as they took such care for us in our formative years.

The Electrical Industries Charity support our employees and their families with the Employee Assistance Programme and its four branches - Pensioner Support Programme, Employee Family Programme, Apprentice Support Programme and Practical Participation Programme. Using the Pensioner Support Programme the Charity were able to support Christine and her mother.

Did you know that powerLottery, Electrical Industries Charity’s (EIC) main source of fundraising, has been revamped to give you even more chances to win cash prizes every month? And did you know powerLottery still costs as little as £1 a month to take part? If you haven’t signed up yet you’re missing out on the opportunity to win up to £10,000. But powerLottery is about a lot more than big prizes; the money it raises provides vital assistance to people in the electrical sector who are suffering hardship in their lives.

This March, The Electrical Industries Charity explores the impact of social media on our mental health. With the ongoing pandemic more and more of us are spending more time on social media and that can have a huge impact on our mental health. The effect too much social media consumption has on our mental wellbeing is profound. With the rise of reality television many of us are subject to the ‘Love Island’ effect. This effect is coined as such because of the effect reality TV has had on social media, our consumption of social media and how we allow social media to impact us. Reality shows such as ‘Love Island’ have helped to create a social media lifestyle coveted by much of the wider public.

Every year addiction touches thousands of families, and when it does, the family and friends of those experiencing addiction are often left to suffer in silence due to feelings of stigma, guilt and shame. When a loved one dies from an overdose, family and friends can feel isolated and reluctant to express grief and this can have a serious impact on their own mental health. This is when support from the Electrical Industries Charity can play a pivotal role in ensuring no one is left to suffer in silence.

The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) knows how important support can be to those who are left behind following the loss of a loved one and for this reason, the Charity has launched the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which is funded by powerLottery.

We can give a hand-up to everyone in our industry.

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