Help is at hand

I want to point you to some sources of help to support you with your health and wellbeing and, other challenges that you or your family members may be facing.   

Remain connected

Yes, we have to be socially distance and follow the government advice but, technology can help us to stay connected. Don’t underestimate the importance of sending a with a simple message asking “how are you?” Or, provide a listening ear to someone who is finding things difficult. For those of you who want to gather as a group for work meetings or socially, check out free platforms available online.

Employee assistance schemes

A significant number of employers have contracted with specialist companies to provide confidential employee assistance to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. Services include:

  • 24/7, 365 days a week helpline
  • Counselling 
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
  • Access to legal and financial specialist advice
  • Mental health services
  • Carer support
  • Online health and wellbeing tools
  • Online live counselling chat

If your employer has an employee assistance scheme, details may be on your organisation’s intranet or contact your HR department.

Occupational health department

If you have a concern with your health and wellbeing at work, your occupational health department is another source of help. 

Mind

The government have just given MIND, the mental health charity £5m to administer on behalf of other charities. MIND has a dedicated page for Coronavirus and your wellbeing https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Trade unions

Unions (if you are a member) have a range of benefits for their members experiencing financial, emotional and legal difficulties.

Note – Some of the services listed above may in certain circumstances cover family members – check with your provider.

Pastoral support

Speak to your pastor for spiritual and practical support.

Exercise and wellbeing

Find some exercise that you know that you will do. I like walking; I downloaded a pedometer for my phone. Initially, I set the bar, enthusiastically high shall we say 🙂 so, I have now set myself a goal to walk 4500 steps every day and, I have been averaging over 5000.

HR advice

Contact your organisation’s department or drop me an email, info@hoplace.co.uk

Let’s watch out for each; remember help is at hand. 

Dawn H Jones

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Please note that this post does not constitute specific HR or employment law advice if you require help please contact an appropriately qualified professional or drop me an email  – dawn@hopeplace.co.uk

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