On the 12th of March, the prime minister gave a press conference and decided that events with more than 100 participants cannot take place any more. Moreover, the University of Groningen canceled all physical meetings and lectures until the end of the Academic Year. Therefore, it was decided that all ESN events will be canceled until the government allows events to happen again. The office hours will also be closed until further notice. If you are staying in Groningen and/or need advice or help with something, the ESN Groningen Board is available via the ESN Facebook or via email (email@example.com).
The municipality has collaborated with student organisations in Groningen to answer important questions that you may have about the current situation, especially for students. The letter from the mayor of Groningen can be found here. For all the information, and to prevent you from misinformation, we suggest you visit the website of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), which is also available in English: Current information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). You can visit the website of the University of Groningen here. Moreover, if you want to share your experience and concerns with the University go here.
Are you currently struggeling with the situation? Do you have mental health issues? We have some resources for you to go to.
These strange times can have a large impact on your state of mind. If you are struggeling with certain issues, we hope to help you by providing some resources you can reach out to:
1. All Ears: For students who in these uncertain times need a listening ear, All Ears offers the opportunity to speak to one of their studentworkers. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon they have a telephone consultation hour from 14:00 to 16:00 hrs. Would you like to talk to someone, please send an e-mail to info@allearsgroningen, and you will be scheduled for an appointment. Or complete the contact form on their website: www.allearsgroningen.nl.
2. The University of Groningen: Are you a student at the University of Groningen? The University of Groningen has various arrangements and facilities for students with psychological problems. You can make an appointment with a student dean or a student psychologist of the Student Service Centrum (SSC), for now, these appointments will be held via hangouts or by calling. In order to make an appointment and for questions you can mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Are you a student of the Hanze UAS? If you have questions about the current Corona situation, if you have feelings of stress and/or anxiety or something else, you can call the student dean every day except Wednesday between 10:00 and 12:00 via the following number:050 595 4028. In order to get more grip on your situation and to prevent psychological complaints, you can make use of professional online self help modules. You can find more information about that by clicking here.
Please take good care of yourself and look after each other. We hope that everything will be back to normal as soon as possible!