It cannot be ignored. Just a few weeks ago the corona virus (COVID-19) reached the Netherlands and since then it has a big impact on our lives. This is also the case for exchange students. Underneath you can find what you, as a student, need to know about the corona virus. But first, let us introduce ourselves.
We are LOS, an organisation providing peer-education to students about sexuality and substance use. In normal times you can find us at several student parties where you can ask all sorts of questions about sexuality and substance use. Now, we provide you with relevant information online about these topics in regards to the corona virus.
University and schools are closed, education is given online. Studying happens at home and the bars are closed as well! Sadly, but also completely understandable and necessary, parties are being cancelled and getting together in groups is being discouraged. But what do you do if you live together with several other students in the same house? Is it still possible to see your flirt nowadays? And how do you organise the Friday Night Drinks?
We need to look for alternative ways to stay in touch, to escape from daily reality, and to relax. Please be careful and do not take any unnecessary risks. This is not the time to exhaust yourself or get really wasted. So let’s help and inspire each other to stay as alert, healthy and positive as possible.
Taking care of your body, in particular your immune system, is more important than ever. The use of drugs in these times brings about different risks than they usually do. How does that work, what are those risks, and what does that mean for you? You’ll find the answers in this article.
We will keep on updating this page so keep an eye on this website!
What are the risks of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs at this moment?
Why is the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs bad for your immune system?
The use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs has an effect on your eat- and sleep patterns. Eating and sleeping well are important for your immune system. Some drugs influence your appetite. As a result, it is possible you will eat less than your body actually needs or less healthy than you have planned. Besides that, all substances severely reduce the quality of your sleep after use.
What can I do to minimize risks in case I still want to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs?
Is it safe to have sex during this corona crisis?
Where can I find reliable information on the corona virus regarding the Netherlands?
How do I know if something is fake news?
Fake news has been a problem for a while and can contribute to anxiety. Fake news messages, which can lead to unsettlement or motivate people to do the wrong thing, are frequently shared in Whatsapp groups. We have collected a few articles on this topic:
My question was not in this list. Where can I ask my question?
I would like to receive advice or help with reducing my substance use or quitting, where can I go?
You can also always call with the Jellinek Advice Phone to share your story and receive some advice about your personal situation. This phone is available through 088 505 1220 (daily from 9 AM till 5 PM).
Most clinics continue to give their treatments but it may be given through digital consults. Contact your local healthcare for up-to-date information.
Online self-help is available, for example at Jellinek.