Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (Trimbos Institute)

Contact Information

Prof. Marc Willemsen
030 29 71 156

P.O. Box 725

3500 AS Utrecht

The Netherlands

The Trimbos Institute contributes to the improvement of mental health by sharing knowledge. The Trimbos Institute seeks to enhance the quality of life of the population by engaging in the development and application of knowledge about mental health, addictions, and associated physical illnesses, both in the Netherlands and abroad. At the heart of all the work done by the Trimbos Institute is the desire to improve individual lives, the quality of care and quality of policies that impact care delivery.

The work of the Trimbos Institute encompasses mental health problems and addictions for persons between – 9 months and 90 + years old and also include interventions targeted at environmental influences, informal caregivers, and family members.

The work of the Trimbos Institute is primarily geared towards the general population through monitoring and health promotion efforts. Trimbos also works with and for specific target groups or at-risk groups, the main five areas are common mental health problems, severe and enduring mental ill health, tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

Specific activities of the Trimbos Institute are:

  • to detect and monitor mental health problems and addictions through (international) large-scale epidemiological and monitoring efforts in order to keep policymakers, politicians, health professionals and service users informed about the mental health of Dutch and international populations;
  • to develop new offline and online treatment methods, quality standards, practice guidelines, health interventions and disease prevention programs;
  • to assess and evaluate the cost-effectiveness of mental health and addiction services in the Netherlands and abroad;
  • to provide training and professional development resources to a wide range of audiences across sectors at the local, national and international level;
  • to promote public health education about mental health problems, substance use, and addiction; and
  • to encourage knowledge sharing and exchange by facilitating contacts between organisations and individuals at local, national and global levels.

Further information can be found on the English website of the Trimbos Institute