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History of the Association

Since its establishment in 2016, Nightline France has been continuously developing. Here is a timeline which shows the key steps in its story, from its Paris offices to the creation of branches all over France.
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Nightline’s key dates

Patrick Skehan, an Irish student, was struck by the lack of structures dedicated to student mental health and decided to import the Anglo-Saxon concept of Nightline listening services to France.

2016 - Nightline Paris is born

Patrick Skehan, an Irish student, was struck by the lack of structures dedicated to student mental health and decided to import the Anglo-Saxon concept of Nightline listening services to France.

With the help of PSL University's call for student initiatives, the association trains its first volunteers and opens its French Nightline in November 2017.

2017 - Training our first volunteers

With the help of PSL University's call for student initiatives, the association trains its first volunteers and opens its French Nightline in November 2017.

English-speaking volunteers are recruited in order to offer a listening service dedicated to foreign students living in Paris.

2018 - Launch of the English Parisian line

English-speaking volunteers are recruited in order to offer a listening service dedicated to foreign students living in Paris.

As the months go by, partnerships are set up with more establishments and institutions, allowing Nightline Paris to gain popularity.

2019 - Nightline Paris receives more than 1,500 calls

As the months go by, partnerships are set up with more establishments and institutions, allowing Nightline Paris to gain popularity.

The association becomes Nightline France and, with that, deploys the concept of student listening services in many other cities: Plateau de Saclay, Lille, Lyon...

2020 - New listening services are created throughout France

The association becomes Nightline France and, with that, deploys the concept of student listening services in many other cities: Plateau de Saclay, Lille, Lyon...

What's next? - Nightline has not finished growing!

We continue to develop more services alongside the launch of new listening services throughout France. Nightline France also has another mission: setting up actions in favor of student mental health, among which are:

- Destigmatizating mental health issues to change the way we perceive them,
- Putting in place prevention programs among students and their families, to offer more support to those in need,
- Publishing reports on the state of mental health in France to challenge the public authorities.
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