The current pandemic is not only a health threat, but can also have a negative impact on other parts of our lives. So below is some info and resources for students on finances, counseling, and domestic violence.
Many students have to work alongside their studies in order to earn a living. Unfortunately, this is only possible to a limited extent at the moment. For this reason, the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, in cooperation with the responsible ministry and the universities, offers students who are in financial need through no fault of their own an interest-free loan of up to 800 euros. More information on this can be found on the Studierendenwerk's website, including a contact address to turn to.
Due to the special situation, some regulations of BAföG are more accommodating, e.g. if the studies are extended due to cancelled exams. If you receive BAföG, it is best to check the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the latest information.
If your parents' income drops unexpectedly due to Corona, you can submit a so-called update application that takes into account your parents' new income situation. Find more information on Bafög.de
If you have lost your job but are not entitled to BAföG, there are also possibilities to apply for state aid. Information on this can be found at the Federal Employment Agency.
If the current situation is putting you under psychological strain or if you run the risk that existing psychological impairments will be exacerbated by the curfews, there are a number of places you can turn to. Don't hesitate to seek help!
The psychosocial counseling of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen continues to take place, currently by phone, online and by mail. You can find information about counseling and how to contact it on the website of the Thüringer Studierendenwerk.
The Student Advisory Service (StuBe) at the university is also still there for you, also via Skype. Contact the StuBe directly at studberatunghs-nordhausen.de.
The Federal Association of German Psychologists has set up a special Corona hotline that you can call if you are particularly stressed during the Corona crisis. The hotline is anonymous and free of charge and can be reached daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 0800 777 22 44.
The current situation can also be particularly stressful for queer people. The LSVD has therefore compiled a long list of tips, hints and links. In Thuringia, the QueerWeg association and the LSBTIQ* coordination office offer advice.
The current curfew restrictions unfortunately also increase the risk of domestic violence.
Women affected by domestic violence can, among other things, turn to the "Violence against Women" help line, which offers telephone counseling, chat and online counseling. If the situation escalates, you can find more information and refuge options at the Women's Shelter Coordination.
Men can also be victims of domestic violence. Even if this tends to manifest itself less often in physical violence, it can still be a great burden and one can only advise affected men not to be afraid to seek help. Among others, men affected by violence can turn to the support services of the White Ring. More information on counseling options can be found on the website of the White Ring.