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SOS Amitié provides 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here for everyone in...


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Ouvert 24/7 et gratuit, le numéro s'adresse aux personnes ayant des pensées suicidaires mais aussi aux proches inquiets, aux...


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SOS Help listener volunteers provide emotional support to those in France who prefer to speak English. The mission of SOS Help...


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Le dispositif Croix-Rouge Ecoute est un service d’aide et de soutien psychologique par téléphone. Depuis plus de 30 ans, ce...


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Nightline is the only French listening service entirely dedicated to students. Our volunteers, also students, offer a...


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Fondation Le Refuge (Ligne pour les jeunes LGBT+) is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information...


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Feeling depressed? Reach out to a hotline in France for free, confidential support

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. When you're depressed you feel sad on most days and you may find it difficult to keep up with life's demands.

There are 20 depression hotlines in France that you can contact for free help if you're experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Your mood has worsened in the recent weeks
  • You feel hopeless and desperate
  • You find it difficult to socialize
  • You might be unable to sit still
  • You feel sad and about to cry all the time
  • You ruminate over all your past mistakes
  • You feel discouraged and pessimistic
  • You lost interest in things you used to enjoy and find important

These signs of depression can feel confusing and scary. It is normal to feel out of place. However, with the right kind of support, you can begin to feel hopeful and positive about your life and future again.

Depression can cause you to feel that things are hopeless and that you won't get better. But depression is a treatable disorder. With the right support, you can find ways to cope and heal. Reaching out to a dedicated volunteer or counselor in France can be a couragous first step.

If you're in France and struggling with feelings of depression, sadness or hopelessness – or just feel alone in what you're going through – consider contacting a helpline for free, confidential help today.


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