A third of Netherlands residents indicated that they now have more psychological symptoms than before the coronavirus crisis hit the Netherlands, according to a survey by the Trimbos Institute among 3 thousand people aged 18 and older. They reported struggling with anxiety, insomnia, and stress, Trouw reports.
Women and people with a lower level of education are overrepresented among people with mental health problems who requested euthanasia, according to a file analysis by the Euthanasia Expertise Center requested by the Ministry of Public Health. 60 percent of euthanasia requests based on psychiatric problems came from women. And 40 percent of patients in the study had a lower education level, compared to 29 percent in the Dutch population as a whole, Trouw reports.
A 36-year-old man from Mierlo was arrested on Saturday for vandalizing the war cemetery in the town. The man suffers from psychosis and delusions that someone is out to get him, according to a neighbor. She doesn't think he was aware of what he was doing when he spray painted a swastika and other texts on the cemetery's chapel, graves and wall, the neighbor said to Eindhovens Dagblad.
Before leaving the Netherlands for the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq, many Dutch jihadist had frequent problems with work, money, education, housing, crime and their psychological health, according to a police study in which the files of over 300 Dutch rebel fighters in the Syrian civil war were analyzed. This means that the distinction between psychologically disturbed perpetrators and ideologically driven terrorists has become obsolete, the police said, ANP reports.
The father of the 26-year-old Syrian man who was shot by the police after waving an ax on his Schiedam balcony last week Wednesday and passed away on Monday, asked "time and again" that his son be admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the family's lawyer Karen Kort said to NU.nl. The father contacted "multiple agencies" to find help for his son, the lawyer said.
Children and young people whose parents have problems want quicker action when things go wrong at home, according to the Netherlands Ombudsman for Children Margrite Kalverboer. The children also want aid providers to include them when it is decided what aid is needed, she said, ANP reports.
More than 40 percent of Syrian refugees in te Netherlands have psychological problems like depression and anxiety, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP. Despite these problems, they make little use of mental health care. The SCP spoke to 44 thousand Syrians who were given refugee status in the Netherlands between January 2014 and July 2016, ANP reports.
A 30-year-old man from 's-Hertogenbosch was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of kicking a 2-year-old boy in Rosmalen on February 12th. He is also suspected of assaulting a 4-year-old boy in 's-Hertogenbosch two days earlier, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Amsterdam police had to close down the Van Hogendorpplein and a number of surrounding streets on Thursday morning because a seemingly disturbed man was throwing bricks from the roof of the Westerpark school. It took firefighters and a police negotiator over an hour to talk him down, Het Parool reports.
The man was taken to a hospital by ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Local residents told Het Parool that the man lives on nearby Van der Duinstraad and has mental health problems. His neighbors describe him as flirty and "eccentric".
The police believe that a 3-year-old girl who was stabbed in a home in Uithoorn on Tuesday evening, was attacked by a neighbor who then committed suicide, NOS reports.
The girl was stabbed in a home on Admiraal de Ruyterlaan by a woman, who fled after the attack. A short time later a woman committed suicide by jumping from an apartment building nearby. Though the suicide victim has not yet been officially identified, the police strongly believe that it is the same woman, according to NOS.
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.
Nearly half of the people suffering from mental health problems in the Netherlands do not make use of medicine or health care, according to a survey by the national platform for mental health GGz and the Dutch federation for patients Ieder(in) published on Monday. The survey among more than 10 thousand patients found that high costs is the main reason for patients to avoid being treated, Trouw reports.
This survey reveals a sharp contrast between mental health care and physical health care - about a third of people with physical health problems don't go for treatment.
The daughter of murdered politician Els Borst was tormented by a stalker for several months early this year. She received bizarre and frightening letters at home, at work, through snail-mail and email. The man suspected of being behind these letters - a 54-year-old man from Roosendaal with a psychiatric disorder - appeared in court on Monday, AD reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam is concerned about its Eritrean residents, calling them a "vulnerable group that needs extra attention and guidance to make a good start in the Netherlands". Most Eritreans in Amsterdam are poorly integrated and struggle with health problems and debt
Care agencies did not do enough to intervene in a Heerlen family in which a 7-year-old boy was strangled to death by his mother, according to a report by the joint state inspections on the incident
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is planning a more effective approach to helping people with mental health problems. She wants all municipalities to come up with a good plan to personally help every mentally disturbed person in the Netherlands
A 51-year-old woman died in a Beverwijk hospital after she set herself on fire in the village of Bennekom on Saturday afternoon
The government and the Association of Dutch Municipalities reached an agreement on locating all homeless people in the country and giving them a fixed post address. This is to make sure they have access to health insurance and medical care, for which you need at least a postal address
Behavioral problems and mental health conditions may play a role in the radicalization of young Dutch jihadists, according to a report by the International Center for Counterterrorism in The Hague, which was published on Friday.
Ninety percent of Dutch municipalities noticed an increase in reports about disturbed people over the past five years. In 140 municipalities, the number of reports doubled between 2011 and 2015, according to figures NU received from the police.