Zero Suicide England, a suicide prevention organisation, specialising in education, training and campaigning to reduce deaths by suicide to zero, whole heartedly backs the calls of the ExcludedUK campaign for the government to provide support to those workers currently excluded from the CJRS or the SEISS.
In a recent report, Zero Suicide England writes, "We have already seen an increase in mental ill health due to the pandemic and for those in precarious financial situations the danger is even more acute. The government can help alleviate the damages of a mental ill health epidemic in the future by acting now."
Max Langer, Head of Communications for Zero Suicide England said: “A successful government approach to the Covid-19 pandemic would have seen them tackle both the immediate health and economic crises, and the mental health challenges that invariably result.
The months of uncertainty and strife inflicted on excluded workers is the absolute antithesis of this holistic approach. Instead, the government’s actions have seemed to further marginalise this vulnerable group.
“So, we stand with the ExcludedUK campaign and the millions of workers excluded from government support. This injustice can not go on.”
ExcludedUK is a non profit grassroots NGO founded to provide a platform for those denied fair and adequate financial support from the Governments COVID-19 Support schemes since the pandemic began in March. With a community of over 60,000 members across all industries, age groups and regions, we estimate that three million UK tax payers have been excluded from the same support as others, which has lead to thousands of people losing their livelihoods, careers, and homes, and sadly, for some, their lives.
ExcludedUK has been fundraising to provide urgent help and support for those affected in the forms of business and career advice, debt support and 121 counselling sessions within 48 hours. Please find more information on our website www.excludeduk.org.