The fear of going out of business. It affects restaurateurs, coffee makers, but not only. All the small bosses, but also traders in so-called non-essential sectors who wonder if their business will be able to survive the health crisis. According to an Ifop survey for the Jean Jaurès Foundation, conducted in October, these business leaders are in the throes of psychic suffering which can lead them to consider the worst. 27% of managers, and 25% of artisans-traders had the real intention of committing suicide. A toll-free number had been set up for them in the spring. 0 805 65 50 50. It has just been extended by six months. It will be open to all business leaders until May 2021.
Since its establishment last April, it had been used by nearly 1,000 small bosses, artisans and traders. Compared to the same period of 2019, this is an increase of 46%. Seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 400 psychologists, spread across France, can respond to distress calls. The entrepreneur can be oriented towards public or private structures. And for the most worrying cases, he can benefit from a quick and free consultation by a psychologist trained in these questions.
The association for psychological assistance to entrepreneurs in acute suffering, Apesa, was created in 2013. The government recognized the quality of its work by asking it to set up this toll-free number. It must be said that for the past seven years, thanks to a network of “sentries” present in the commercial courts – where we file for bankruptcy – it has identified business leaders who are doing badly. These sentries are clerks, judges, legal representatives and auctioneers who are trained to detect people in distress. Five support sessions are then offered to them. Apesa has saved the lives of people who, in the face of the crisis, to quote Marc Binnié, the president of Apesa, develop a feeling of loss of identity, dignity and usefulness. This toll-free number for psychological assistance is 0 805 65 50 50.