There’s a Mental Health Care Survival Kit Designed by College Students for College Students

There's a Mental Health Care Survival Kit Designed by College Students for College Students

Whether it’s about your own mental health or that of those around you, it is sometimes difficult to know how to deal with difficulties. The Nightline device hopes to provide some keys.

Rlook out for warning signs in a friend, find someone to talk to about their problems, ask for help, assess their anxiety level… When you are not well or when you realize that a loved one is suffering psychologically, it is sometimes difficult to know how to react and where to find help. It is to answer all these questions that the association Nightline has developed its “Life Kit”. Thanks to a personalized course established following several questions, the kit offers summary sheets, tests, mini-games, exercises and all the necessary information to ask for help or help someone.

“When you have a big migraine, you have reflexes: rest, go to calm, etc. For mental health, you find yourself helpless”, explained Lucile Regourd, campaign manager for the association, at the Parisian. Faced with this lack of information, Nightline’s “Life Kit” intends to provide a solid database to find the right tools in just a few clicks.

“How are you, really?”

After having answered a first question on your current state, the kit will offer you several self-questionnaires to “know yourself better and take stock”, thanks to the Rosenberg self-esteem scale, the MDI (Major Depression Inventory) or Sheldon Cohen’s perceived stress scale. For those who would like to find someone to talk to, Nightline gives advice on how to raise the subject with those around you or redirects you to helplines and support services for students. The kit also allows identify the different warning signs in a loved one, to know how to approach the subject, then listen or the gestures to adopt.

“At the individual level, we invite all those who wish to do so to equip themselves to take care of themselves or their loved ones: learn to recognize their emotions, to regulate them, to know what makes us feel good and at least well”, summarized Nathalie Roudaut, general delegate of Nightline, at the Parisian.

Last July, a CSA survey conducted for the Intériale Group and LMDE revealed that 68% of students said they suffered from at least one depressive symptom and were in a situation of ill-being, continued Le Figaro. A third of the students admitted to having had suicidal thoughts.

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