Coline Gilsoul, a 23-year-old student, gave a moving testimony on the set of C’est pas tous les jours dimanche. To face the first confinement, the young woman fell into alcohol. It was her only way to find comfort, she said.
The coronavirus crisis is difficult for many Belgians, especially young people. Coline, a third-year social worker student at the Haute École de la Province de Liège, testified about her situation on the C’est pas tous les jours dimanche plateau. The 23-year-old finds it hard to cope with the loneliness and lack of contact, but also the heavy workload for her studies. During the first confinement, she therefore found refuge in alcohol. “It came little by little. To have fun, to change your mind and then, it has become more and more frequent. It went from a little bit to every day, with still significant amounts.“
The strength to take control
Fortunately, with her best friend, they clicked and “the strength to regain control“… But the second wave has arrived.”With the second confinement, we are faced with the same situation. We are mentally overwhelmed, we are mentally overloaded, physically overloaded with all the responsibilities that we take on, distance learning, the teleworking system, student jobs …“Coline works in a supermarket, so she is lucky to have a student job. But that also adds a load to her.”All this means that today, we give up.” She keeps: “There is more than alcohol to evacuate, more sport, more activities, more social contact… tears, it is our best friend.“
The young woman also sometimes had the urge to end her life. “It starts little by little and suddenly it comes. We say to ourselves: why not? But we think about all the consequences that this has on those around us, on our life. This is not the best solution at all.“
In this case, do not hesitate to contact the suicide prevention center on the free number: 0800 / 31.123. To support her, Coline’s family calls her every morning by videoconference. An essential support according to the young woman.