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Health and wellbeing during COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has forced many people to change their usual work practices and work from home for an extended period. This page gathers together useful resources providing practical advice on how to maintain your physical and mental health during the pandemic.

CABA

If you're feeling worried about the impact of coronavirus on your financial situation or experiencing anxiety during the outbreak – you're not alone. We urge you to get in touch with CABA for support and advice.

CABA could provide a grant to cover any shortfall to help you meet your everyday living expenses. There's no waiting period. Financial assistance is means-tested and the level of the grant is based on your individual needs. Through CABA you can also access free legal advice, debt advice and benefits advice.

CABA's emotional support – including counselling – can help you deal with the emotional impact of uncertainty, anxiety and stress on yours and your family's mental wellbeing. Sessions are available over the phone and online.

Get in touch by emailing enquiries@caba.org.uk or visit CABA's dedicated coronavirus support page, which hosts guides on wellbeing, online learning, and more information about the support it can offer.

ICAEW insights

Accountants urged to prioritise mental health

Chartered accountants need to be kinder to themselves, recognise the signs of mental health problems and take preventative action to help keep their mental health and wellbeing on an even keel.

Is joining a start-up right for you?

Start-ups can be fun and exciting places to work but they are also challenging environments. A recent ICAEW panel of experts discussed the mentality accountants need to join a start-up business.

Imposter Syndrome: the lived experience

1 March 2021: Mental health speaker Nick Elston shares his experience of living with and overcoming Imposter Syndrome on stage and outlines what chartered accountants can learn from this.

2020/21 Reporting Season: how much harder could it be for retailers?

13 January 2021: With a difficult year behind them, the upcoming reporting season is likely to cause further issues for both retailers and their auditors. We speak to Jacqui Baker, boutique owner and Audit Director at RSM UK Audit, about year ends, going concern and wellbeing.

Understanding mental health in accountancy teams

6 January 2021: With the country plunged back into lockdown, professionals are expecting a mental health epidemic over the coming months. Author and practice owner Della Hudson outlines several strategies to help cope with the current crisis.

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External resources

Acas: Coronavirus and mental health at work

Acas

Guidance from Acas to help staff and employers manage their mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes advice on working at home, support that should be offered by managers and employers, and information on an employer's duty of care.

Coronavirus and mental wellbeing

Public Health England

Every Mind Matters, created by Public Health England, offers advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home. This guidance has been developed with experts and approved by the NHS.

Acas: Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic

Acas

Guidance from Acas highlighting both employer and employee responsibilities. It highlights how to decide on working from home arrangements, pay, terms and conditions, insurance, equipment and technology, and creating a homeworking policy (including a template policy).

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Mind

Helpful guide from Mind offering a wide range of tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing, support for mental health problems during coronavirus, and looking after practical needs especially during winter.

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