The # EtudiantsFantômes hit the Twitter trends in France for several days last week, and more and more students feel they belong to a “sacrificed generation”.

According to an Ipsos survey for the FondaMental Foundation, 40% of 18-25 year olds show “alarming” levels of anxiety and depressive disorders. 32% of them suffer from mental health problems, or 11 points more than the general population.

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3 in 10 young people have thought of killing themselves

Youth mental health is deteriorating: 47% of 22-24 year olds report generalized anxiety disorder, compared to 31% in the general population. This age group is generally more isolated and has left the family home. In addition, 3 in 10 young people “thought it would be better if they died or thought about injuring themselves”.

“The suffering of the students is extremely acute. For me, they are the ones who suffer the most, ”explains Caroline Goldman, psychologist for children, adolescents and young adults. “Even if psychologists knew before that it was playing, the importance of the external social life jumps out at us with this crisis. At twenty, we are building the final touches to our identity, and what allowed us to do so no longer exists. “

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Insecure students, saturated BAPUs

But as explained by Dominique Monchablon, psychiatrist of the Fondation Santé des Etudiants de France, the BAPUs (university psychological aid offices) “were already saturated before the crisis”. Students must therefore turn to other structures if they want psychological support. Often, this kind of approach requires a large budget.

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However, many students in recent months have lined up at the Food Bank. In addition, a study by the Economic Analysis Council shows that students and young workers no longer living with their parents have encountered more financial difficulties than the rest of the population. Their income has thus fallen between 5% and 10%.

Free support solutions

To allow students to access psychological monitoring despite their precariousness, various solutions have been put in place. The FondaMental foundation launched the platform Listening to Ile-de-France students which gives access to three free teleconsultations with a psychologist or a psychiatrist for students from Ile-de-France.

“We are in discussions with other regions to extend these free teleconsultations to students from other regions”, explains the foundation. “But the other advice applies to all students and even all young people in France”.

Some schools and universities have also taken up the issue. The University of Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL), for example, has established a partnership with the Qare teleconsultation platform. This partnership allows PSL students to follow teleconsultations with psychologists and psychiatrists at no charge.

Finally, the Apsytude association offers students consultations, either face to face or by video. Do not forget either the crisis lines such as Nightline or the usual student support services, listed here. You can also find help on this government site, or on Youth health thread.