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Nightline France

1. Contextual elements The actions deployed by Nightline address issues relating to students' mental health, not only in terms of psychological well-being, but also academic success and, ultimately, socio-professional integration. > French students, a population known to be at risk in terms of mental health - 1 in 5 students in France is at risk of psychological fragility ; - in 2021, 36.6% of students reported depressive symptoms, compared with 20.1% of the general population - outside the context of the health crisis, analyses show that students are already a particularly vulnerable population when it comes to mental health problems: even before the health crisis began, 22% of students in France had suicidal thoughts, and 6% of these had already attempted suicide ; - In France, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-25; - in 2022, emergency room visits for suicidal gestures, suicidal ideation and mood disorders increase among 18-24 year-olds, compared with the already high levels observed in early 2021 ; - 62% of 18-24 year-olds say they have had suicidal thoughts since September 2021, compared with 34% of the total population > Mental health and academic results The links between mental health and academic results are proven: for students, an untreated psychiatric disorder can indeed lead to a significant drop in academic results and increase the risk of dropping out of school, as well as difficulties with long-term social integration, such as obtaining or maintaining employment. The results of the Observatoire de la Vie Etudiante (OVE) health survey in 2016 indicate that students presenting a depressive episode or having had suicidal ideations had to stop working or studying for almost two months (on average) because of their symptoms, and their chance of passing exams is reduced by at least 16%. Early intervention and follow-up strategies to deal with psychological issues in the university environment enable direct prevention that benefits students' mental health, as well as making a significant contribution to their academic success. > Enabling young people to realize their potential, and promote the professional integration of young graduates The WHO's definition of mental health includes the world of work, employability and individual productivity, and indicates that depression has been the second leading cause of illness and work stoppages since 2020; the OECD, for its part, points out that people suffering from mild to moderate mental health problems - such as anxiety or depression - are twice as likely to be unemployed. In addition, mental health problems in the workplace (stress, burnout, psychosocial risks (PSR), psychological disorders, mental health disability) have become one of the main causes of absenteeism from work: more and more employees under the age of 30 say they are stressed at work, or exhausted (52% in 2022, compared with 47% and 43% respectively in 2018), and more and more are taking sleeping pills or antidepressants (22% in 2022, compared with 9% in 2014). 2. Nightline's mission: to promote and support student mental health and engagement > The creation of Nightline It was during his university exchange year in Paris in 2016 - after noting the absence in France of mental health support systems focused on primary prevention - that an Irish student (himself a volunteer with Niteline Dublin) wanted to respond to this lack, and import the "nightline" concept to France: a free, anonymous, confidential helpline staffed by trained student-volunteers), which originated in the English-speaking world in the 1970s and is now present in many European countries (as well as Canada). Thus was born Nightline France, an association dedicated to supporting student mental health in France, for students and by students. France is under-resourced in terms of psychological support for students: today, there is 1 psychologist for every 15,000 students in the University Health Services (SSE), whereas international recommendations state that there should be 1 for every 1,500. The SSEs, the Centre Medico-Psychologiques and the University Psychological Aid Offices are thus largely saturated, requiring weeks or months of waiting before a young person can meet a professional. At the same time, students feel they have no access to existing resources (lack of knowledge, saturation of services, etc.), and are distrustful of mental health issues (even one year after the introduction of psychology vouchers for students, only 0.70% of psychologically fragile students had used them). What's more, approaches to health care are still conceived on a thematic basis (addictions, sexist and sexual violence, etc.) rather than on a population basis. However, the way in which we address students (and therefore the "young public") needs to be specific (we don't address "young people" in the same way as we are used to addressing the general public), while at the same time refining the "young" category, still considered in a very general way, as a single, homogeneous entity. > Peer support and community health In this sense, Nightline's actions are based on two innovative concepts in France, which postulate the interest of doing things with the beneficiaries, and not just for them: peer support and community health. Community health is the process whereby individuals and families (on the one hand) take charge of their own health and well-being as well as that of the community, and (on the other) develop their capacity to contribute to their own development as well as that of the community. This process therefore includes representatives of the target audience - in this case students - in the identification of priorities and their implementation. This makes it possible to : be as close as possible to the mental health needs of the target community ; support the empowerment of individuals and the community (through a participatory dynamic); encourage empowerment (the process of strengthening the ability to act autonomously and gain greater control over one's life); complement prevention approaches focused on the individual and on the treatment of mental disorders; bypass the limitations of traditional prevention initiatives for students (mistrust, feeling stigmatized, need for peers); benefit the whole community (peers helped and peer helpers, through the development of their listening, empathy and support skills). Given the credibility conferred on volunteers by the fact that they have lived through an experience similar to that of the person seeking help, and the existence of a real taboo associated with going to see a psychologist, peer support also has many advantages, and can be both a gateway (or an intermediate step, a springboard) to care for those who might need it but are reluctant to ask. The diversity of mental health needs calls for a range of resources and interventions to meet them: not all students need to consult a psychologist, so peer support programs are positioned to provide accompaniment, support and, if necessary, a springboard to care via referral. Peer support thus has benefits for the people it supports ... : peer-help programs help to combat the stigmatization of mental disorders and mental health, in particular by creating a space for open dialogue where people can talk without taboo or fear of being judged ; as a form of support based on a two-person relationship, peer support also strengthens social cohesion within the university community ; because of its central position in student life, peer support helps to anchor the notion of well-being in everyday life, clarify the available care options, and potentially reduce the risk factors that lead people to seek medical attention ; peer support programs also reduce recourse to the traditional health care system and more costly care - such as psychological consultations and hospitalization - resulting in significant savings: the Mental Health Commission of Canada refers to "millions of dollars" saved thanks to peer support. ... and for the supported peers themselves: the literature also points to numerous psychological and social benefits for those who help (at Nightline, we're talking about student volunteers) ; providing help to others increases volunteers' confidence, sense of self-efficacy and well-being volunteer activities also help improve interpersonal and communication skills, such as empathy and acceptance - often thanks to the principles of active listening, non-directiveness and non-judgment advocated by many initiatives by empowering students to take action for their own health and that of their peers, peer support reinforces the sense of self-determination and self-esteem of both volunteers and those supported.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights, and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We lead international action to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people.


At Donate4Refugees our vision is for every displaced person in Europe to be welcomed with humanity and respect in Europe and given the helping hand they need to find safety, peace and happiness in their new forever home. We work collaboratively to help ensure every displaced man, women and child asking for Europe's help gets the support they need to start their new life with dignity. That is, to have a place to live, enough food to eat, clothes to wear, warmth, lighting and hygiene. Along with access to essential information and education. We primarily do this by raising money that helps fund inspiring humanitarian projects delivered on-the-ground by our grassroots volunteer partners. We work together keeping people and hope alive. "Whoever you think are the most disadvantaged people in society, refugees are below that." - Trish Clowes, Donate4Refugees' Ambassador Right now, as you and I adapt to life amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, Europe's humanity to refugees has scarcely been worse. Did you know that at the UK border in northern France there's no shelter and little food or water for refugees? That rising hostility is played out through police brutality and cruel policy? Meanwhile, on the Greek mainland, evictions are making hundreds of families street homeless, living in poverty. Whilst the Greek arrival islands buckle under severe over-crowding, lack of basic hygiene and appalling food within camps sending tensions inside the camps, and right wing violence outside of them, soaring. Life for refugees in Europe's hot spots in 2020 is utterly miserable. The hope in people's eyes is disappearing, the smiles are fading... Now that you know, will you help? Within this devastating environment our volunteers are too often providing the only lifeline to refugees. Donate4Refugees uniquely brings together donations from individuals, businesses and trusts to give grants and emergency funding to our trusted grassroots partners on-the-ground. Those volunteers supporting refugee communities on Europe's front-lines. Together we're filling shamefully big gaps in aid and humanity and, without the tireless dedication of our volunteers, refugee men, women and children would be struggling to even survive. We're acting now providing very real help, human-to-human, to many of the world's most vulnerable people. We only wish we didn't have to.

World Marrow Donor Association

We work with our members to ensure reliable provision of life-saving cells while promoting patient and donor care and safety

International Association for Human Values

The International Association for Human Values (IAHV) offers programs to reduce stress and develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities. We foster the daily practice of human values - a sense of connectedness and respect for all people and the natural environment, an attitude of non-violence, and an ethic of social service. Our programs enhance clarity of mind, shift attitudes and behaviours, and develop leaders and communities that are resilient, responsible, and inspired.

Solidarite Formation Mediation / Clichy La Garenne

Our social project.. is to facilitate the integration into society and territory of people in difficulty, from early age to adulthood. This is done through access to knowledge (mastery of the French language, knowledge of the cultural environment) and access to administrative and social rights. The social objective of SFM Clichy is to develop people's autonomy as citizens.

Board of European Students of Technology

Board of European Students of Technology is a non-profit and non-political organisation that since 1989 strives to improve communication, cooperation and exchange opportunities for European students. The mission of BEST is to help students achieve an international mindset, reach a better understanding of cultures and societies and develop the capacity to work in culturally diverse environments. To achieve this mission BEST offers high quality services to technology students all over Europe. These services include a European engineering competition, academic courses, career events and events on educational involvement. BEST offers these events in 96 European Universities, spread among 34 countries, reaching over one million students, with the help of 3300 members. It is BEST's mission to provide complementary, non-formal education in every event that it organises. This to make sure that the students that are reached grow to their full potential before they enter the job market. It is essential for BEST to show students the value of complementary education, not only to widen their perspective on the technology topics covered in their studies, but also to teach them the needed soft skills. To begin, these soft skills are covered in BEST's events by bringing students together with its two other stakeholders, universities and companies, and letting them dialog. Secondly, BEST provides specific training sessions to teach students how to acquire these skills in a safe and stimulating environment among peers. Lastly, this is done not only towards outside students, but also towards BEST's own members. By letting them organise events after they had a thorough knowledge transfer and did some in-depth training sessions, they acquire a lot of hands-on experience that makes them valued assets on the job market. In all this soft skill acquirement, there is one thing that makes BEST special: everything happens in a culturally diverse environment. BEST's volunteers really learn how to cooperate with project members from all over Europe and also the outside students are introduced to a specific mindset that BEST likes to call 'the BEST spirit'. This means that everyone works together, respecting each other's backgrounds, to achieve a common goal: empower students and give them a voice in today's society. For this donation campaign BEST would focus on the educational involvement that it stimulates among European students. It is namely very unique that an organisation run by students offers their peers a voice by collecting data in surveys and events and presenting that data to the relevant authorities. BEST, therefore, attends a lot of conferences about education to be able to share our outcomes to the fullest. We hope to raise some donations in this campaign to be able to carry out next year's planning around the theme of Digital Literacy. This theme focuses on how prepared students and universities are for the upcoming digitisation wave. It raises the question of how we will learn and teach digital skills and how industry 4.0 will make its way into our education. For this program BEST invests in conducting surveys, doing symposia on education and writing scientific papers with the purpose of disseminating the outcomes. It is not the first time that BEST is going to conduct such an Educational Involvement Programme. Last year, for example, the theme was 'Diversity in STEM education' and the years before we covered topics such as pedagogical skills, new teaching methods, relation between university and industry, etc. So what were the steps BEST undertook to create all the materials around last year's topic? First, a team was created to do research on existing literature about 'Diversity in (STEM) education'. Based on that research a survey was created in which 4 diversity types were tackled: cultural diversity, ethnic diversity, gender diversity and students with disabilities. Then, after the answers of the survey were gathered and analysed, the subtopics for the BEST Symposia on Education were identified: in this case, each symposium had a different diversity type. The same team that worked on the content creation of the symposia also prepared and delivered the sessions of those symposia. After the events, the input of all the participating students is gathered in a scientific report, which is then either published in conferences, or disseminated through social media and newsletters. The approach used last year proved to be a successful one and will be repeated in this year's Educational Involvement Programme. If we manage to get more funds via Global Giving, this will mean that we can elaborate this process and spend more resources on content creation, promotion of the surveys and dissemination of our results. In short: we will be able to make a lot more noise in the educational world.

Global Changemakers Association

Global Changemakers works to an unshakable mission of supporting young people to create a positive change towards a more just, fair and sustainable world. We do this through skills development, capacity building, mentoring and grants.

Ashinaga Foundation

Ashinaga is a Japanese foundation headquartered in Tokyo. We provide financial support and emotional care to young people around the world who have lost either one or both parents. With a history of more than 55 years, our support has enabled more than 110,000 orphaned students to gain access to higher education. From 2001, we expanded our activities internationally, with our first office abroad in Uganda. Since then, we have established new offices in Senegal, the US, Brazil, the UK, and France to support the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. The Ashinaga movement began after President and Founder, Yoshiomi Tamai's mother was hit by a car in 1963, putting her in a coma, and she passed away soon after. Tamai and a group of likeminded individuals went on to found the Association for Traffic Accident Orphans in 1967. Through public advocacy, regular media coverage and the development of a street fundraising system, the association was able to set in motion significant improvements in national traffic regulations, as well as support for students bereaved by car accidents across Japan. Over time, the Ashinaga movement extended its financial and emotional support to students who had lost their parents by other causes, including illness, natural disaster, and suicide. The Ashinaga-san system, which involved anonymous donations began in 1979. This was inspired by the Japanese translation of the 1912 Jean Webster novel Daddy-Long-Legs. In 1993, Ashinaga was expanded to include offering residential facilities to enable financially disadvantaged students to attend universities in the more expensive metropolitan areas. Around this time Ashinaga also expanded its summer programs, or tsudoi, at which Ashinaga students could share their experiences amongst peers who had also lost parents. The 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck the Kobe area with a magnitude of 6.9, taking the lives of over 6,400 people and leaving approximately 650 children without parents. Aided by financial support from both Japan and abroad, Ashinaga established its first ever Rainbow House, a care facility for children to alleviate the resultant trauma. March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the northeastern coast of Japan, causing a major tsunami, vast damage to the Tohoku region, and nearly 16,000 deaths. Thousands of children lost their parents as a result. Ashinaga responded immediately, establishing a regional office to aid those students who had lost parents in the catastrophe. With the assistance of donors from across the world, Ashinaga provided emergency grants of over $25,000 each to over 2,000 orphaned students, giving them immediate financial stability in the wake of their loss. Ashinaga also built Rainbow Houses in the hard-hit communities of Sendai City, Rikuzentakata, and Ishinomaki, providing ongoing support to heal the trauma inflicted by the disaster. Over the past 55 years Ashinaga has raised over $1 billion (USD) to enable about 110,000 orphaned students to access higher education in Japan.

Empower Communities Charitable Trust

The mission of Community Empowerment Charitable Trust is to tackle Uyghur Humanitarian Crisis through inspiring quality services and collaboration in order to empower Uyghur individuals, families, and communities to achieve long-term positive change in their lives, particularly through business, education, and well-being. At Empower Communities we will offer assistance to Uyghurs in four areas: Business formation and development Employment oriented training Education Well-being Currently, we have five projects in operation: Microenterprise Program Training Grants Childcare Support Grants Student Relief Grants One Student, One Laptop Starting in April 2022, we expect to provide business loans to four businesses, 23 training grants, 27 childcare support grants, seven Student Relief Grants, and 100 laptops in the first round of our projects. 

Boxer Inside Club

Notre mission est de permettre chaque annee l'insertion sociale et professionnelle des adherents de l'association. Nous les aidons a developper des competences transversales non acquises a l'ecole en participant activement a leur formation et leur developpement via tous nos programmes. Grace a nos methodes d'apprentissage innovantes, nous uvrons chaque jour pour garantir l'egalite des chances et aider chacun a developper son potentiel.

Alliance Publishing Trust

Alliance aims to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas among philanthropists, social investors and others working for social change worldwide in order to maximize the impact of funding for social development.