How do students experience confinement? Barometer “#MeYoung confined and tomorrow?”

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Geeklay joins the Barometer “#MeYoung confined and tomorrow? », Developed by 20 Minutes and OpinionWay

Because the generation of 18-30 year olds who are going through this unprecedented crisis are also the ones who will be at the helm of the world of tomorrow, HEYME wanted to join the “MeYoung confined and tomorrow? » alongside 20 Minutes and OpinionWay.

This weekly barometer* aims to observe how young people aged 18-30 are experiencing the current period: how are they experiencing confinement? How do they feel about this global context of health, economic and social crisis? What are the risks, opportunities and consequences of this crisis in their daily life and in the way they approach their future?

Young people, since the beginning of this historic health crisis, have been particularly affected. Economic precariousness, social isolation and chaotic vision of the future push some of them to experience episodes of stress or even depression. This future is the ones who will have to build it and they will be in the front line to invent a new model, more responsible and more united. So it was natural to give them the floor to better support them in this process. constructive explains Hadrien Le Roux, Founder of HEYME.

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The latest figures from the barometer on the mental health of students during confinement:

  • 46% of students believe that confinement is risky for their mental health
  • 56% have had sleep disorders since the start of the Covid-19 crisis
  • 72% say they feel depressed and have some blues
  • 33% have broken the rules of confinement or plan to do so to preserve their psychological balance
  • A significant proportion of young people consume alcohol (18%) and smoke (14%) more than usual

Confinement has an impact on the mental health of students

Confinement is experienced in very different ways from one person to another: boredom, worry, stress in the face of the unknown of the situation are all factors that have an impact on student morale. A large number find themselves in a precarious situation: cramped housing, loneliness, estrangement from family, lack of financial resources…

The loss of contact with friends and relatives, and the obligation to give up on one’s freedoms have introduced a new daily relationship for students. To this isolation is added a permanent anxiety fed by the fear of contracting the virus. It is important to remember that if you think you have symptoms of Covid-19 (cough, fever, sore throat) you must stay at home and consult a doctor through a medical teleconsultation.

For students, the situation is all the more stressful as the resumption of classes is not assured before next September. And for those whose courses are maintained at a distance, some do not have the digital equipment ensuring the correct continuation of studies in a situation of confinement. For a large number of them, the situation is unknown as to the future of their internship, the validation of their year, the holding of their exams, competitions, etc.

Important messages for students

Faced with all these fears, here is the essential information to remember to stay healthy and keep your spirits up:

  • It is important to maintain a physical activity and/or sport, a balanced diet by not giving in to the easy way, but by taking advantage of the situation to cook. Be sure to vary your diet and not skip meals.
  • Stress can impact the quality of sleep, and further disrupt an already hectic daily life, hence the need to maintain a rhythm in your daily habits.
  • This same stress can encourage the consumption of psychoactive products, so be careful not to increase your consumption of tobacco or alcohol, for example, while respecting health recommendations.
  • Loneliness and boredom lead to overconsumption of screens, it is better to quantify the daily duration of screens and vary leisure activities (reading, painting, etc.).
  • This constant confinement leads to an increase in the number of domestic accidents: be careful not to self-medicate and to be careful if you start work or DIY. Note that risk taking is reinforced if you live alone in your home.
  • In this period of limited travel, consultations for medical follow-up are decreasing, and some students with chronic illnesses tend to abandon these consultations. It is important to continue medical follow-up, which health professionals of course continue to provide, and not to give up treatment which would increase the fragility of the people concerned.

Student listening networks

Depression is never far away in this upset daily life. A rstudent support network exists, organized by region, do not hesitate to consult these systems, to contact the psychological support services available in each academy, and made available to students.

Otherwise, Nightline Paris is an association that takes action to improve the mental health of students. Since 2017, it has offered a free listening service (by phone or chat). The service is run by volunteers who take turns in the evening from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. to take calls in English and French.

She posted a website and one booklet intended for students with psychological difficulties during the crisis.

You can find our article about it HERE

*Sample of 632 people aged 18 to 30members of the #MoiJeune community. The sample was drawn according to the quota methodwith regard to the criteria of sex, age, activity status, category of agglomeration and region of residence.

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