Healthcare for Internationals

Mental Healthcare

Moving to a new country with your family for a challenge, a change of scene, and perhaps a new job, is exciting! However, adjusting to a foreign language, and a different culture takes longer, and is more wearing, than some anticipate. This can leave you feeling isolated, sad, and lonely. It can lead to anxiety and depression. It may also bring on, or intensify depression, eating disorders and addictions.

Dutch healthcare professionals take these matters as well as mental issues unrelated to your move, seriously and are trained to help you cope with them.

The Dutch generally speak excellent English, but not all mental healthcare professionals can fully understand all the specific issues that internationals face. You may take this into account when selecting a provider.

As always, check with your GP first if you have any questions. The GP helps you assess the type and urgency of your need.

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Where to get mental healthcare? ➜

If you have mental health problems you can get support online, or from your GP, or company doctor. If it concerns children under 18 years also youth healthcare professionals may help. They can provide treatment or…

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Finding Mental Healthcare in a crisis ➜

In a crisis, a person’s usual coping mechanisms for everyday life break down. This can be brought on by stress following major life events. Someone in an acute crisis may suffer from acute depression, delusions, panic…

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Cover for Primary and Secondary Mental Healthcare ➜

Treatment of mental health issues by the GP and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is generally covered by the Basic Health Insurance. Basic Health Insurance also covers most of the costs of Primary and Secondary Mental Healthcare….

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Support for children with Mental Health Issues ➜

Children and adolescents up to the age of 18 with Mental Health problems are eligible for assistance from the Youth Mental Health Services (jeugd-GGZ). First, however, they need a referral from a designated expert, such as…