Useful Information for the COVID-19 Lockdown

Stress Control Programme Online

HSE Health and Wellbeing are offering a free Stress Control programme online via Stresscontrol.org from the 13th April. Stress Control is an evidence-based programme that teaches you practical skills to deal with stress.
The programme helps participants recognise the signs of stress. It covers topics including how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts. It teaches skills to overcome panicky feelings and tips to getting a good night's sleep.

How to Participate

Visit Stresscontrol.org and follow the instructions on how to 'Subscribe' to Stress Control's YouTube page.
You will then receive notifications when a new session is available. You can also follow this link: StressControl's YouTube Channel

Content and Dates

There are six free 90 minutes sessions available to the public. Each session will play twice a day (at 2pm and repeated at 8.30 pm) on Mondays and Thursdays beginning on the 13th April and will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist. Participants are encouraged to watch all sessions. The six sessions will cover different topics as follows:

                  Session                               Date               1st Showing           Repeated     
1: What is stress? Mon, 13th April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
2: Controlling your body Thurs, 16th April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
3: Controlling your thoughts Mon, 20th April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
4: Controlling your actions Thurs, 23rd April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
5: Controlling panicky feelings
Getting a good night's sleep
Mon, 27th April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
6: Boosting your wellbeing
Tying it all together
Controlling your future
Thurs, 30th April 2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm

See HSE website for the outline of the programme here.
See outline of various supports provided by HSE Mental Health at this time here.
Download the Stress Control Briefing Note here.

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Getting Through COVID-19 Together

Mental health and wellbeing initiative to
support people during COVID-19

The Department of Health and HSE, in collaboration with a range of cross-Government partners, have launched a mental health and wellbeing initiative that offers support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many in Ireland during COVID-19.
Gov.ie/together is a new online resource that will offer advice to help people cope at home and that will promote the mental health supports and resources available on the HSE's YourMentalHealth.
Also, extra support is available in this period on the phone or online.

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Public Awareness Campaign on
Domestic Violence during COVID-19

A major new TV, Radio and Social Media Campaign tackling the serious issue of domestic violence in the context of COVID-19 measures was launched on April 15th. The campaign seeks to reassure victims that services are 'still here', and that victims are being prioritised.

It is important to know that the 2km restrictions on movement do not apply to a person escaping from a risk of harm or seeking to access essential services.

Read more here
Watch the campaign here
Information on services and supports for victims is now available on a new website stillhere.ie

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How to Keep Focused and Motivated

Working From Home During COVID-19

Charities Careers Ireland CCI have put together a list of tips on how to keep focused and motivated and how to maintain your wellbeing while working from home during Covid-19. Read more here.

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Information for Families

Guidelines to Help Parents Parenting Alone

One Family have put together a series of guidelines to help parents parenting alone during COVID-19.
Parenting during Covid-19 - read here. One-Parent Families and Covid-19 - read here. Caring for your children if you get sick - read here. Talking to your child about becoming seriously ill - read here.

Online Safety For Children

While schools are closed and restrictions are in place, it is likely that online activity will have increased in the home for both learning and entertainment purposes. Parents and guardians are reminded that it is important to have a conversation with their child about being safe online.
Webwise offers information, practical advice and free education resources addressing a range of internet safety issues and concerns, including the latest online safety advice in relation to COVID-19.
BeSafeOnline is the Government's campaign to highlight ways to help you stay safe online. This webpage provides access to a wide range of Online Safety resources, to support online safety for all.

Free Playbook

An Post partnered with Children's Books Ireland to launch the 'ImagineNation' playbook, encouraging kids across Ireland to get creative during the COVID-19 alert.
Top artists like the legendary Don Conroy, Niall Breslin, Sarah Crossan, Sheena Dempsey and many more have all contributed to the 24-page book, filled with activities including drawing, writing and mindfulness exercises. Download the playbook here.

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Practical Information and Resources

Mortgage Payment Break for Local Authority Borrowers

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD confirmed on April 14th that forbearance arrangements have been put in place for local authority mortgage products. Read more here.
Galway City Council loan customers can apply for a Mortgage Payment Break of up to three months, under the COVID-19 emergency measures, if they have experienced a reduction (or anticipate suffering a reduction) in income arising from the COVID-19 emergency, and will be unable to make repayments on their home loan. Read more here.

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eWorking and Home Workers Tax Relief

Did you know you can claim tax relief if you work from home? As a result of the Covid-19 crisis thousands of people have been asked to work from home, many of whom will never have operated from home up to now, and are likely to be unaware that they can claim a special tax relief called E-Worker Relief. Read more on the Revenue website and in this article.

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Guidance Document on COVID-19 Supports for Landlords and Tenants

Following the emergency measures introduced on March 27th, 2020 to protect tenants during the three-month COVID-19 emergency period a new Guidance Document on COVID-19 Supports for Landlords and Tenants was launched, including details on the new measures, income supports available for certain people living in private rental accommodation and more. Read more here.

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Update to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

An update to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme was announced on April 15th, 2020 to ensure greater staff retention and links between employer and employee. Read more here.

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Government Updates

Further COVID-19 Supports for Direct Provision Residents

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration, Integration and Equality, David Stanton, T.D., have announced on April 9th further measures to protect and support Direct Provision residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Read more here.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection

A new Frequently Asked Questions document about the impact of COVID-19 on Immigration and International Protection has been published recently. Read more here.

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