You're not alone!
This site is designed to support you during this lockdown period (as well as partial lockdowns, coming out of lockdowns, returning lockdowns which take place). You will find two sections :
1 — One section which provides a census of all the free, available psychological support accessible across the 30 academies in France, as well as a list of support systems specifically accessible to students working in the health sector.
2 — Another section which contains advice for maintaining your psychological well being : links to informative resources and tips to help you start feeling better right away
What am I living through at the moment ?
To be a student in the middle of a global pandemic, even if we say that it’s ok to speak about it to young children, it’s still not easy. Everything has been disrupted :
our home environment : couped up in a (very…) small studio, in a flat share, university halls of residence or with our relatives who we are not necessarily at our most comfortable around, it can be heavy.
our studies : Zoom, Jitsy, Google meet, Slack, Whereby, so many almost monosyllabic software programs synonymous with confusion, repetition, crashes in video, or even stalling. And seeing our friends and teachers as 2D entities on a screen can feel quite alienating.
We can all agree that it’s not easy. That’s why we have gathered some resources and advice for you - whether you would just like a distraction now, or are after some more in depth support. Take a look below.
Do they really know how I’m feeling ?
We often talk about you, dear student, - but what do we really know about your mental health during this period? Here you will find the most important surveys on this subject: what do you think? Well ? Are you surprised or did you expect these figures? ? Feel free to share your opinion on Nightline France's Instagram page.
And to find out more about mental health issues in general, see Psycom’s map "Who’s saying what about this issue online"
And what if I want to help someone or a cause ?
Being there for others, whoever they are, when you feel they need it, in times of crisis or not, can take many forms. Here are some initiatives that can inspire you:
If you are interested in mental health peer support initiatives, why not see if you can become a Health Relay Student at your university? In addition, Nightline France's listening services are always delighted to receive your applications if you are a student in Paris, the Plateau de Saclay, Lyon or Lille.
If you want to help in the context of the current crisis, take a look at this platform which includes local solidarity initiatives and this platform set up by 3 friends. Finally, the Civic Reserve-Covid 19 launched by the government to tackle this health crisis is still looking for volunteers.
Why this approach?
According to a study conducted by the Observatoire de Vie Étudiante (Student Life Observatory) involving more than 45,000 students, 31% of them showed signs of psychological distress during the first lockdown . In addition, 11.7% of students had suicidal thoughts, compared to 7.6% in the general population , and the harmful effects of this period on mental health will last: according to the Australian Medical Association, the number of suicides is likely to increase by about 30% among young people in the next few years .
To address this issue, we have gathered in this website a set of tips and solutions to maintain your mental health.