Kikka, an author who writes under a pseudo, tells how one day she collapsed, she woke up in a psychiatric hospital, it was a burnout.
“I didn’t think you were so fragile”, title of Kikka’s book, is the phrase her boss said to her the day she cried for the first time in front of him.
She “saved her skin”
Driving his golden yellow jumpsuit, Kikka considers him a sort of therapeutic ally, which saved him from depression. She gave him the name Bobby, he’s 45, she talks about him as a friend. Thanks to him, she drove for a long time on the roads of France to reflect and rebuild herself.
“This jumpsuit helped me get through all this ordeal, this phase of reconstruction … This jumpsuit is like me, it’s freedom, it’s an art of living, it’s slowing down, it’s my image. And then he’s almost my age. “
Dedications with his combi
With the Covid, signings are not recommended in bookstores. Kikka has therefore found a parade, she parks in front of the store, opens the doors of her combi and receives her readers.
The objective for her is to raise awareness. A witness recounts.
“I have been there … I had the beginnings that I knew how to identify to avoid and take things in hand … It is very good to be able to talk about it because it is also a way of free yourself from the weight of it all … “
Kikka no longer feels like she is at a book signing, but rather in a confessional. She is surprised by the ease with which readers confide. Kikka passes on her knowledge so that it doesn’t happen again.
“Here in the intimacy, I find that there is an authenticity which meets another authenticity, and I can give the hope that I am their future. And that it is necessary to have patience. They are leaving. go out, get up, life will bring them great surprises “.
She does not only see victims, but also managers, shrinks, and even a lawyer who takes care of clients in pain in their company and who confides: “The people I see are in full burn-out, I wanted to have the story of someone who has perspective. Through the book, I will become more aware of what the person is going through internally. . ”
Help victims of burnout
She made small videos to help victims. 3.2 million French people suffer from professional exhaustion. In her own way, Kikka does prevention. The problem of burn-out in France is that the care is very sparse, uncoordinated, not centralized and yet it is essential … As confirmed by psychologist Françoise François who is one of the specialists in these questions.
“In a care center, we take people into consideration as a whole. This care is covered by social security and the mutual insurance company. For the patient, he is placed, he takes care of himself with suitable teams, he can leave. quickly and in another enterprise. Because for me, one should not consider returning to where one fell. One does not return to the scene of the crime “.
For this psychologist, there is something positive about burnout, it is the obligation to make a clean sweep around oneself and to question everything. This is why the issue of suffering at work should not be reduced to the management of depression. We must also support these employees to start on a new path.
There are structures specialized in the management of burn-out, and since December, a toll-free number for listening and support for all teleworkers: 0800 13 00 00.