Living conditions and health of students in France

HEYME student health insurance

Student health is a major societal issue. How is the young population doing in 2019? How is she doing with her health?

HEYME takes an interest in this in its 2019 health survey.

Knowing the behavior of students is a source of predictive data and studying it gives the trend of prevention and health promotion policies to be carried out on this population.

What have we learned? The students say they are doing well, but between risky behavior, increased stress, impaired sleep, excessive use of the smartphone, discrimination, lack of time and resources, everything is not so obvious in the health sphere of young people.

The full survey can be viewed HERE

Student living conditions

The average budget of a French student is quite limited (€463 per month) and comes mainly from parental assistance (36%).

Half of the students have a job (61%) and more than a third of them devote more than 16 hours per week to it. On average, the paid activity of students represents 28% of their monthly budget.

Expenditure is mainly concentrated on meals, accommodation, outings and shopping.

A majority of students say they have encountered financial difficulties during the year (65%) and nearly 3 out of 10 students have already been in difficulty for more than 6 months in the year.

A good general state of health

The vast majority of students declare themselves to be in good health (78%) but when they are sick, few go to the doctor: 83% of students do not systematically consult a general practitioner and wait for it to pass and/ or practice self-medication.

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Students generally satisfied with their student life but stressed

They are 77% to declare themselves satisfied with their student life and yet, they are also 89% to undergo at least one period of stress during the year and 31% to be stressed all the time.

Moreover, 70% of students have already felt overwhelmed and overwhelmed by their daily lives.

Their stress generally comes from studies: exam periods, studies in general or orientation are the first three sources of stress. Then come emotional, financial, family, health and transport problems.

Students also experience sleep disturbances (55%) partly caused by stress:

  • 33% of students have stress-related sleep problems
  • 22% have sleep problems unrelated to stress

These disorders are mainly characterized by difficulty falling asleep (73%) and nocturnal awakenings (51%).

Students’ sleep duration varies:

  • The week (between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. (66%))
  • On weekends (more than 8 hours (46%))

An irregular and sometimes unbalanced diet

The daily meal budget is €8.

Only 43% of students pay attention to their diet and snacking is a very widespread habit since 94% of them snack, out of greed or because they have skipped meals:

  • 86% of students skip meals, with breakfast being the most common (45% of students frequently skip breakfast)
  • The main reasons are lack of appetite (61%); time (48%); or sometimes even saving money (17%).

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Risky attitudes regarding sexuality

They are 56% to say that they do not systematically use a condom during sexual intercourse. The main reasons are stability with their partner (73%) or taking the pill (27%). For those who use it, the primary reasons are 71% to protect against HIV/AIDS/STI and 70% to avoid pregnancy.

Slightly less than 1 student in 2 is screened in the event of a change of partner and 1 student in 5 never does so (21%).

There is a lack of knowledge of screening locations and in particular of CeGIDD (Free Information Center for Screening and Diagnosis) since 21% of students do not know where to go.

In addition, false beliefs persist about AIDS:

  • 33% have false beliefs about modes of transmission
  • 19% think that you can be contaminated by a mosquito bite.
  • 12% believe that contamination can take place by kissing an HIV-positive person
  • 6% by drinking from your glass
  • 3% by shaking his hand
  • 19% think that AIDS is easily cured today

Reading these figures, it is essential to continue awareness and prevention actions around the risks and to better inform them about the structures and professionals to consult.

With regard to contraception, the pill is a widespread contraceptive method among female students (49%).

More than 4 out of 10 female students say they have already used emergency contraception, including 23% several times.

A rock’n’roll lifestyle

76% of students have already consumed alcohol. They mostly drink more than 2 glasses during an evening and the desired effects are:

  • Release pressure and decompress (57%)
  • Be more comfortable in their social relationships (33%)
  • Feel the pleasure of drunkenness (24%)
  • Do like everyone else (11%)
  • Habit (6%)
  • The need (4%

Regarding drug use, almost a third of students say they have already used at least one drug and 22% cannabis.

As for tobacco, 1 quarter of students are smokers but more than 4 students out of 5 want to quit, in particular for reasons related to health (57%) and their budget (46%).

Violence experienced by some of the students

A third of students say they have already suffered violence, whether physical, verbal, psychological or sexual.

The majority of the violence experienced is above all verbal violence followed by psychological and physical violence and 9% declare having already suffered sexual violence.

When it comes to verbal and psychological violence, these are mainly experienced within the university or school.

This violence comes mainly (66%) from an acquaintance (family, friend, partner, professional, etc.) and 42% from a stranger.

We see that nearly one in four students does not know who to talk to about this violence and moreover 3 out of 10 students do not talk about it to anyone, for 4 main reasons:

  • The impression of not having been abused
  • The shame of events
  • The habit
  • Resignation

With regard to discrimination, 57% of students say they have already experienced it, in particular concerning their physical appearance and integration into groups.

Mobile phone use has become essential

Today, 85% of students spend at least 2 hours a day on their smartphone and 23% of students more than 6 hours a day.

The majority of students are aware of the impact of the smartphone on their ability to concentrate (66%) and the quality of their sleep (62%) mainly.

The smartphone that has become an everyday tool:

  • 41% would not be able not to consult their social networks
  • 39% would not be able to not use it or use it very little during the holidays
  • 38% wouldn’t be able to go a day without their phone

As for teleconsultation, 31% would be ready to consult a doctor online and 7% have already done so.

The full survey can be viewed HERE

And at HEYME, what does mutual insurance give?

At HEYME from €9.90/month we cover your essential needs: hospitalization, routine care, pharmacy. And if you need extended coverage, we offer 4 levels of guarantees to meet your expectations.

Regardless of the level chosen, you have unlimited access to medical teleconsultation 24 hours a day with ABI. You can consult a doctor from your smartphone and directly from your sofa!

We also provide you with an app to view your reimbursements, download your third-party payment card, send us your documents and find a doctor near you!

And the icing on the cake… an app with good deals and discounts on your favorite brands: shopping, cinema, restaurant…

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The HEYME wellness package

With the Wellness Pack, HEYME gives you a boost to help you take care of yourself!

Because sport, alternative medicine, nutrition, dietetics, psychological listening and prevention are essential for well-being, HEYME takes care of you physically and mentally by reimbursing you €150 of packages for only €4.5 /month.

Sports package

A key player in health and well-being among young people, HEYME reimburses your sporting activity up to a maximum of €30/year for membership of:

  • A sports club
  • A sports association
  • A gym
  • A sporting event

Alternative medicine package

Because the health and well-being of young people are among its priorities, HEYME offers an alternative medicine package for a consultation in osteopathy, sophrology, acupuncture, kinesiology, therapeutic hypnosis, chiropractic or etiopathy and a psychological consultation package for €40/year, limited to 2 consultations of €20/year each.

Health and well-being prevention package up to €80 per year

Aware that the daily life of young people goes far beyond medical appointments, HEYME offers you the health and well-being prevention package up to 80€/year. This package includes:

  • the package helps to quit smoking: nicotine substitute, patch, gum, lozenge up to €30/year;
  • the parapharmacy body care package: massage oil, clay, tape, strapping… up to €20/year;
  • the dietary and nutritional package, innovative coaching with OVIVA: 1 teleconsultation and 2 weeks of ultra-personalized follow-up up to €30/year.

Your well-being with the health pack at only €4.5/month!

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