Ergun S., the man suspected of killing cleaners Gina and Marinus in the Pathe cinema in Groningen on Saturday, stalked his ex-girlfriend for years, she said to newspaper AD. She reported him to the police multiple times. "But the police always say that they are only texts, that they cannot prove that he is really after me", she said.
Municipalities and the police are very concerned about the new Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act that takes effect on January 1st. They worry that the law will result in even more people with serious mental health problems being treated at home. And because there is already not enough outpatient care to help people at home 24/7, this will increase the pressure on the police, Liesbeth Spies, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn and chairman of the Society of Dutch Mayors, said to Nieuwsuur.
Former PvdA Minister Ella Vogelaar died at age 69 on Monday, her family announced on Tuesday evening. "She has been suffering from depression for quite some time and has put an end to her life", the family said in a statement, according to NOS.
A young woman from Winschoten in the province of Groningen took her own life a week and a half ago after she tried and failed three times to reach the suicide prevention hotline 113 Zelfmoordpreventie. She called the number 1-1-3, as her psychologist told her, but that number does not exist. The actual number for the suicide prevention hotline is paid number 0900-0113, which costs five cents per minute.
While fans mainly see the glitz and glamour of DJ-ing, being a DJ also has a darker side, according to Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. Many DJs struggle under the workload, the constant traveling and the mutual competitiveness, he said on Jinek. "Everyone acts tough towards each other and says that everything is fine, but in between you hear that they are seeing a coach or psychologist", Van Buuren said during the show.
A man tried to blow up his home in Hoensbroek on Thursday night while emergency services were trying to talk him down. It is believed that he opened the gas. The man himself and a police officer were injured.
The police responded to the home on Prins Willemstraat in the Limburg town at around 9:15 p.m., after receiving a report that the man was threatening to blow up his house, the police said in a statement. As a precaution, the police and fire brigade evacuated the surrounding homes and cordoned off the area. The residents of around 15 homes were sheltered elsewhere.
Last year 24 percent of Dutch aged 25 years or older had sleeping problems. That amounts to approximately 2.9 million people who had trouble sleeping last year. In 2017 in was 21 percent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
People who identified themselves as unfit to work to the stats office were far more likely to have trouble sleeping than other groups. 58 percent of people with occupational disabilities had sleeping problems last year, compared to 19 percent of employed Dutch, 35 percent of unemployed Dutch, 32 percent of volunteers, and 23 percent of pensioners.
A 41-year-old woman from Nijkerk and her 39-year-old husband disappeared from their home in Blerick in Limburg last week Monday. Their four children, aged 17, 15, 12 and 9, were taken in by the Child Protection Board. Missing couple Andrea and Marcel suffer from a serious form of religious insanity and have been preparing for the "end of the world" for some time", Marcel's sister said to De Limburger.
The police and Andrea's sister confirmed the disappearance, according to the newspaper.
From next year, care providers in psychiatric care will be allowed to use coercive measures against uncooperative patients. Blocking a wheelchair, using writs bands as cuffs, and confinement will soon be permitted in extreme cases, AD reports based on forms from which care providers will work next year.
New legislation that will be implemented on January 1st makes it possible to force uncooperative patients with a mental disorder or intellectual disability to receive treatment. The forms in AD's possession show how that will be done in practice.
Patients from the Fivoor psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder will soon no longer be able to walk through a residential neighborhood to the town center and train station. The municipality of Zeist, which covers Den Dolder, is going to install a two meters high gate to keep patients out of the Duivenhorst neighborhood, the municipality said in a letter to local residents, AD reports.
Patients at a quarter of the mental health institutes in the Netherlands spent more time in solitary confinement in 2017 than in 2014, according to a study done by Investico for De Groene Amsterdammer and Trouw.
Last year a total of 1,829 people in the Netherlands took their own life, a decrease of nearly five percent compared to the 1,917 people who died by suicide in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
Of the people who died by suicide last year, 1,176 were men and 653 were women. The number of men ending their own lives has been around twice as high as that of women for years, according to the stats office. However, the number of suicides among men decreased by 10 percent last year, while the number among women increased slightly.
The Rotterdam hotline for disturbed persons and its social workers may have made mistakes in assessing the mental state of Joel S., who is suspected of stabbing his 21-year-old American housemate Sarah Papenheim to death in their student flat in December last year, NOS reports based on documents its journalists managed to get a look at.
A 42-year-old man from Bodegraven suspected of stabbing his 35-year-old wife to death told the court on Monday that he thought she had become "a vampire with three colors in her eyes" and that "the devil was there" when he killed her. The Public Prosecutor demanded mandatory institutionalized psychiatric treatment against the Ljubisa O., the Telegraaf reports.
Around 75 thousand patients with psychotic disorders in the Netherlands are not receiving the psychotherapy that specialists say they need. Medication is also not always provided according to the prescribed guidelines, according to a Vrije Universiteit Amserdam study commissioned by the association for behavioral and cognitive therapies VGCt, the Volkskrant reports.
There are a multitude of pro-anorexia sites where girls with the eating disorder can exchange tips to lose weight. These sites often also include 'coaches', who guide girls and even scold or punish them if they don't do as told. These 'pro-ana-coaches' are often men who deliberately seek out girls with eating disorders to get nude photos or even sex from them, according to the first results of a Dutch study into these coaches, NOS reports.
Thijs H., the man suspected of killing three people in dog walking areas in The Hague and Heerlen this week, sought help from the Maastricht psychiatric clinic Mondriaan after stabbing two people to death in Heerlen, the Telegraaf reports based on sources close to the investigation.
Mental health institution GGZ Eindhoven is being prosecuted for the death of a 29-year-old patient in 2013. The institution is being charged with negligence. This is the first time in the Netherlands that a health institution has to account for the death of a patient in court, Omroep Brabant reports.
Last year the police received over 90 thousand reports about "disturbed people", double the number received eight years ago, the police said in a statement. In 2017 the police registered 83,602 such incidents, and that number increased by 8 percent in 2018 to 90,605.
The number of teenagers committing suicide in the Netherlands is increasing alarmingly. Last year the number teens who died by suicide nearly doubled, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
In total 1,917 people committed suicide in the Netherlands last year, 23 more than in 2016. The number of teens between the ages of 10 and 20 that died by suicide increased from 48 in 2016 to 81 last year.
Inés "was sick and could not be cured", Queen Maxima said about her youngest sister's death. "Our only comfort is that she has now found peace", the Dutch Queen said after paying a visit to the UMCG Proton Therapy Center in Groningen on Tuesday, ANP reports.
Inés Zorreguieta suffered from depression. She committed suicide on June 6th at the age of 33.
National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants a mental health worker available in every neighborhood in the Netherlands. The police increasingly have to respond to emergency situations involving people with mental health problems, and this can be avoided if they get the help they need before things get out of hand, he said in an interview with newspaper AD.
An employee of mental health service GGZ Drenthe was seriously injured when a woman attacked and stabbed her in the GGZ headquarters on Dennenweg in Assen on Wednesday. The victim was rushed to hospital. According to GGZ Drenthe, her condition is stable, AD reports.
The suspect is a 44-year-old woman from Assen. Other people in the GGZ headquarters managed to overpower her and she was arrested. She had a knife and pepper spray on her.
According to GGZ Drenthe, the perpetrator was not receiving treatment at the institution.
The police are investigating.
A massive 31 percent of people who receive welfare benefits in the Netherlands are also receiving psychological treatment, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands and Harvard University. Among people who work or go to school, 10 percent undergo psychological treatment, NOS reports.