We’re calling on the government to support psychotherapy and counselling in their response to the COVID-19 crisis and provide the necessary finical protection for self-employed workers.
We’ve invited organisations from across the sector to support our letter, which you can read in full here.
You can help to strengthen our voice by adding your name to this online petition in support of our key asks. Please share the petition widely and encourage your friends and colleagues to sign. The need for psychotherapy and counselling will only grow more urgent as we collectively face the devastating impact of this pandemic.
Throughout the crisis we have called on the government to provide income protection for self-employed workers, supporting IPSE’s call for a Temporary Income Protection Fund for the self-employed. Thankfully, the government have now responded to the pressure and announced a range of measures.
These will provide for 80% of income up to £2,500 a month, based on average annual income over your three most recent tax returns, or most recent one or two if you haven’t been self-employed for three years. The payments will be made as a one-off, starting from early June. Those who need urgent financial support between now and then should apply for Universal Credit payments, which have also been expanded in wake of COVID-19. Find out more at Gov.uk.
While these measures don’t cover everyone, they offer some welcome respite for many people facing financial uncertainty in the months ahead, including therapists providing vital mental health support during these uncertain times.
Many of our members have been in touch in recent days to offer therapeutic support to frontline NHS staff as they battle against the virus.
We are speaking with national NHS leads for staff wellbeing, who have expressed warm gratitude for the offer of support. We’re discussing with them how to make psychotherapy and counselling easily accessible to frontline workers, and will update you as this progresses.