The GSb hopes that the listening point can also collect stories of how peoples mental health has been affected during the pandemic
The Groningen Student Union has announced a a “hotline for student welfare”, reports the GIC. GSb chairman Marinus Jongman says: “During the demonstration on March 10, we saw how much this is happening among students. Now we want to give students with problems a voice.”
In recent months it has become clear that the mental health of students is under enormous pressure, with several studies highlighting the mental health of the student population. At the beginning of March, six hundred students held a demonstration at the Vismarkt with the slogan: “the student in isolation”.
With no Coronavirus regulation loosening in sight, the GSb wants to hear the stories and ideas of the students themselves and to then submit them to the educational institutions in order to achieve better help. Jongman: “We previously collected five hundred stories about binding study advice (BSA) with Lijst Calimero. Shortly afterwards, the BSA was lowered. Now we hope to repeat that success”, says Jongman.
Students can tell their story at the student union’s hotline, which can be found on their website. The student union thinks it is important that every student feels heard and knows that they have somewhere to go. “Students often feel forgotten in the Coronavirus crisis. With this hotline, we hope to ensure that students’ stories contribute to a solution. In this way we ensure that students feel heard and that their stories end up in the right place, ”says Jongman.
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