The CCI Finistère is committed to Apesa to help entrepreneurs in distress

The CCI Finistère is committed to Apesa to help entrepreneurs in distress
The CCI Finistère is committed to Apesa to help entrepreneurs in distress

The Apesa association provides psychological assistance to entrepreneurs in acute suffering. Often hidden, repressed, taboo, this suffering affects more and more men and women with responsibility, who have to face growing socio-economic difficulties. To prevent these problems, the CCI Finistère is committed to Apesa 29 to train its advisors to better detect warning signals and anticipate distress situations.

Too often, the posture of the business manager freezes him in his solitude. Which becomes a bulwark to overcome when difficulties punctuate your days… or even your nights. The Apesa association was born to help leaders in distress and support them in rebuilding themselves thanks to the intervention of local psychologists trained in the world of work and entrepreneurship.

In Finistère, 32 psychological health professionals work with Apesa. In 2023, they responded to 58 alerts and 41 cases of support. “ We have recorded a clear increase in alert cases over the past year. The economic context and the crises experienced, in particular that linked to soaring energy costs, explain this trend., notes Thierry Guillo, president of Apesa 29, a departmental branch created in 2017 in Quimper and in 2019 in Brest, through the commercial courts. “ For us, judges of commercial courts, Apesa opens up perspectives. We now have the possibility of guiding people in great difficulty towards the professional and quality support that Apesa offers. It’s very important from a human point of view.” relates Benoît Bataille, president of the Quimper* commercial court.

Responsiveness, efficiency

60% of the people supported run VSEs ; 60% are also men; their average age is 42 years old“, adds the president who is surrounded by an army of sentinels, economic actors trained in detecting difficulties and reporting alerts to the Apesa platform. “ When an alert is given, with the consent of the person concerned, the business manager is contacted within half an hour by one of our psychologists. Our responsiveness guarantees effectiveness in responding to and alleviating the distress reported. » The person being helped can benefit from up to 5 free consultations. “ In all cases, our interventions, carried out in complete confidentiality, save situations, and sometimes lives.“, reports Thierry Guillo, illustrating his remarks with an extreme case in which he himself intervened. “ Without Apesa, this person would probably no longer be here! »

Prevention to heal better

Among the sentinels who contribute to the effectiveness of Apesa, CCI Finistère business advisors will be trained to become one. In direct and long-term contact with local business leaders, they are at the forefront to detect possible difficulties and/or distress signals. “ Anticipation remains the key to the solution. Whether with the commercial courts in the context of management difficulties, or with the Apesa association for cases of moral distress, the CCI is the ideal relay to prevent situations and support them as quickly and as best as possible.“, underlines Claude Ravalec, president of the CCI Finistère.

By signing an agreement with Apesa, the departmental institution undertakes to support the association financially and functionally. Supported during the Covid period by the government, the association has since had to meet its needs and asked for partners to help it meet its operating budget. On the scale of Finistère, 20,000 euros are necessary.

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