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Subsidy for program against psychological problems Groningen youngsters

Number of inhabitants with psychological complaints to be reduced by 10%

With a joint approach, municipalities, schools, care providers and residents can identify psychological problems earlier and better, intervene earlier and treat them better. The aim is to reduce the number of inhabitants with psychological complaints by 10% in 10 years.

High burden of disease due to psychological problems

In Groningen, the burden of disease due to psychological problems is high; the demand for specialized care is great and mental health care is bursting at the seams. This is especially true for youth care. In Groningen municipalities such as Veendam and Oldambt, this is used considerably more than the national average.

Continuous threat of earthquakes

In other Groningen municipalities, there is also the continuous threat of new earthquakes and earthquake damage. Uncertainty surrounding the reinforcement of homes and compensation for damage reinforce the feelings of fear and gloom. Most mental illnesses develop before the age of 25, a period in which people complete their education, take the first steps on the labor market, enter into long-term relationships and start a family. This is much less successful due to psychological problems, with lifelong consequences for labor productivity, social participation and the social network.

Network brings cohesion to projects

With the subsidy, the UMCG will set up a network together with various partners. Parties can learn from each other in the field of preventing psychological problems. This leads to more coherence in projects aimed at improving psychological health. Successful projects can then be deployed immediately throughout the province. This network will become the foundation of a 10-year program.

Collaboration necessary

According to project leader Frederike Jörg of the UMCG, successful prevention requires collaboration between a large number of parties. ‘That’s why it’s so great that care and welfare providers, schools, sports associations, employers, municipalities, provinces, the GGD, centers for youth and family and other parties participate’. Furthermore, prevention requires a long breath: an investment of at least ten years. Jörg: ‘If we invest in young people now and ensure that a new generation grows up healthier and with more opportunities, we will reap the benefits in 10-15 years’.

Two new interventions

Two new interventions will also start with the subsidy. One of these is a successful program for young people that strengthens their resilience, reduces early anxiety and mood complaints and thus prevents suicide among young people. Young people with an increased risk are already offered low-threshold help in secondary education and MBO.

Taking care of parents and household

In addition, a second program is starting in which children of parents with psychological problems are encouraged to become more involved in social life. These children often have to take care of their parents and the household too much at home. This disrupts their own social-emotional development. Two out of three of this group of children also develop a mental illness later on. In this program their environment is activated to relieve these children of care tasks at home, together with the social district teams.

Goal: 10% fewer people with psychological problems

The goal is 10% fewer people with a mental illness in the province of Groningen in 2032 compared to 2022. Frederike Jörg: ‘The number of people with mental illness in the Netherlands has been stable for decades. In recent years, it has even increased slightly among young people. That is why 10% can be regarded as a substantial reduction’.

Cooperating parties

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the municipalities of Groningen and Westerkwartier, Accare, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, the University Center for Psychiatry, Lentis, VO/MBO schools and GGD are working together in this project. The province of Groningen contributes 906.623 euros from the Groningen National Programme.

Subsidy for program against psychological problems Groningen youngsters
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