The coronavirus crisis is a health but also an economic tragedy with hundreds of thousands of small businesses facing an abyss, and uncertainty in their ability to cross it. This is particularly the case for restaurateurs who have no visibility on the future. If the state has come to the aid of businesses, in particular by setting up short-time working and state-guaranteed loans, recovery is far from assured.
A source of enormous stress for business leaders, who can now turn to a listening and psychological support unit, set up this Monday by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, based on the action of the association APESA (Psychological assistance to entrepreneurs in acute suffering) and with the support of Harmonie Mutuelle, CCI France and CMA France.
The toll free number is: 0 805 65 505 0
It will allow distressed business leaders to receive first listening and psychological support 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8 pm.
“At the end of a call, for the most worrying cases, the business manager will be offered, if he wishes and in the strictest confidentiality, to benefit from fast and free support by a specially trained psychologist “said a press release from Bercy. “For the other cases, a reorientation will be proposed towards public or private structures specialized in this type of support.”