You're not alone!

This site is designed to help students take care of their psychological well-being during the Covid crisis. You may be able to find a set of useful tips, as well as information about the various support services in english that are available in each academic region in France. This work has been undertaken by the student association Nightline Paris in collaboration with the Conférence des Présidents d’Université, the CNOUS, the Ministry for Higher Education, the ADDSU and the RESSPET network.  

Being a student and living through the confinement

While this situation is complicated for everyone, as a student it can be even harder! Stuck in a (very...) small studio, without being able to go out or see our friends, we are much less free than we were before. We would probably prefer to follow our classes normally, visit an exhibition, or even go to our internships! And for international students, the situation can be even more difficult, due to the distance between France and your home as well as the language barrier, amongst other factors.

Confinement is a contributor to psychological distress

Anxiety, anger, worry: being locked up at home can easily create stress, which manifest itself in many ways:

  • Feeling lonely

  • Being bored

  • Losing touch with friends and family

  • Having trouble filling your fridge

  • Not being able to go home

  • Not being able to attend classes

  • Not finding clear information on the situation

  • Being afraid of catching the virus and worrying about your loved ones

  • Coughing and other symptoms that may make you think you have the virus

Taking care of yourself

Being confined can be stressful. However, it’s important to try and frame the situation as positively as possible, perhaps even seeing it as an opportunity to (re)discover many things! Below you will find some tips to help you deal with it.

Taking care of those around me

Find some tips that you can also share with your friends who are having difficulty dealing with this situation. Because taking care of ourselves also requires taking care of those around us. 

Help others

If you want to go further, you can join the #JeVeuxAider movement, launched by the government to create a Covid 19-Civic Reserve to face this crisis together.

Its aim is to enable all those who can and want, to give some of their time so that society’s poorest and most vulnerable are not the first victims of this crisis.

Why create this site?

A recent Chinese study on the impact of COVID-19 [1] showed that the situation people found themselves in resulted in moderate psychological stress for 35% of respondents and severe stress for 5% of respondents. This distress is more prevalent among women and young people between the ages of 18 and 30.
According to a study published in the medical journal The Lancet [2], nearly 29% of quarantined people showed signs of post-traumatic stress at the end of isolation, and 31% showed symptoms of depression.
 

In order to address this problem, we have compiled in this booklet a set of tips and solutions that can help you foster your psychological well-being.

 

Sources

[1] « A nationwide survey of psychological distress among Chinese people in the COVID-19 epidemic: implications and policy recommendations », https://gpsych.bmj.com/content/33/2/e100213


[2] « The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence », https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30460-8/fulltext

Conceived by Nightline Paris, this site

is aimed at helping students look after their mental health during the Covid crisis.

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