mental health

Trouble sleeping
Aug 20 '19 08:08

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.

Apocalyptic scenario
Aug 19 '19 15:10

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. 

Stethoscope
Aug 14 '19 08:45

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. 

Den Dolder train station
Aug 1 '19 11:00

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.

Mental Health Care
Jul 31 '19 11:40

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.

Ambulance
Jun 25 '19 12:00

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.

Sarah Papenheim
Jun 18 '19 13:30

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.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Jun 3 '19 17:40

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.

Therapy
May 31 '19 08:43

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. 

Eating disorder
May 31 '19 08:10

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. suspected in fatal stabbings in The Hague and Heerlen
May 10 '19 12:30

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.

Gavel
Feb 22 '19 09:17

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.

Dutch police officer
Feb 21 '19 12:00

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.

Candle
Jul 3 '18 08:17

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. 

Queen Maxima
Jun 20 '18 11:50

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. 

Erik Akerboom
Dec 22 '17 09:05

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.

Ambulance
Oct 26 '17 10:10

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. 

secretary of state Klijnsma
Sep 6 '17 15:10

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.

Police
Aug 11 '17 11:30

Every year the Dutch police pay over 10 million euros to traumatized cops, NRC reports based on figures requested from the police. Since 2014, officers who suffered a trauma during the course of their duties can claim compensation from a national reporting point. 

The height of the compensation depends on the degree of the trauma and how long it left the affected police officer unable to work. Over the past three and a half years, the police paid more than 39 million euros on this compensation, according to the newspaper. 

Happiness
Jun 14 '17 10:25

The Dutch are generally very satisfied with their lives. When asked to score their lives out of ten, on average Dutch gave a score of 7.6 in 2016, Statistics Netherlands revealed on Wednesday. That is slightly higher than the average 7.5 of 2015. 

Netherlands residents gave their daily activities a score of 7.3, compared to 7.2 in 2015. And their social life got a score of 7.6. Physical health scored somewhat lower at 7.0, the same as in 2015. And psychiatric health scored higher at 7.8, stable for the past four years.

Gavel
Mar 6 '17 13:50

The parents of a 23-year-old autistic and schizophrenic young man who was shot dead by the police in Amsterdam last year, want the Public Prosecutor to prosecute the police officers involved, ANP reports.

Earlier this week the Public Prosecutor concluded that no prosecution was necessary. The officers acted in self defense because the man attacked them with a knife.

Edith_Schippers_2015_(1)
Feb 2 '17 09:47

The lower house of Dutch parliament is against a measure proposed by Health Minister Edith Schippers (VVD) to force disturbed persons to be admitted for observation if needed, government party PvdA confirmed to NU.nl.

"Vulnerable people with mental illness can better be helped by giving them the proper care sooner, so that the violent measure of forced admission can be prevented", PvdA parliamentarian Lea Bouwmeester said to the newspaper. "That should really be first to order, before state coercion is used."

Mental health problems
Jan 31 '17 09:10

Emergency services in the Netherlands seem to be confused about the term "disturbed person", which results in confusion about the extent of the problem in the country. Due to a change in the police's recording system, the term turned into a collection name for anything that strays from normal, the Volkskrant reports based on conversations with mental health researcher Bauke Koekkoek, GGZ Nederland, the police and the team for people with disturbed behavior.

Aug 12 '16 09:14

Most of the young people living in the Netherlands are satisfied with their lives - 90 percent of 12 to 25 year olds indicated that they were generally happy and content in a survey Statistics Netherlands did among 4 thousand young people last year.

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