General Practitioner (GP)
You may also consult your General Practitioner (GP) with questions or concerns about mental health. Where appropriate, s/he can refer you to a suitable specialist (e.g. a psychologist or psychiatrist) for ongoing treatment. It is often advisable to notify your GP of any health matter, even if you meet with a university psychologist, so s/he can be aware of your own wellbeing strategy.
‘Off-Campus’ Psychologists & Therapists
There are, of course, many other healthcare professionals in Utrecht and throughout the country, who offer consultations in psychology and various therapies. The University does not make specific recommendations, though a basic internet search reveals a number of practitioners, including some with previous experience in counselling UCU students (in English or Dutch). Some are listed in the International Therapist Directory.
Specialist Types of Support, Further Information and Self-Help
113 Suicide Prevention is the national Dutch suicide prevention centre, which employs psychologists, psychiatrists and a large group of fully trained volunteers who provide round-the-clock confidential support through chats and phone calls. Do not hesitate to call this number (0900 - 0113) if you or somebody you know is contemplating suicide, or is feeling desperate. Help is available in English and Dutch.
Mental health crises
Altrecht Crisis Hotline (Altrecht Crisisdienst)
Tel: +31 30 230 8850 (22.00 to 08.30)
Altrecht is a specialist mental health support organisation in utrecht. This hotline for mental health emergencies can be used in urgent situations 24/7, when other student services are unavailable. English can be used and translators for other languages can be provided if necessary
Mental Health Support & Self-Help
The British mental health charity Mind is an excellent source of further information about mental wellbeing, as well as offering all kinds of specific advice and self-help resources.
The Dutch organization PsyQ offers a range of mental healthcare support to Dutch and international students.
GGZ Nederland (Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care) is the sector organisation of specialist mental health and addiction care providers in the Netherlands
Transgender Network Netherlands and Transgender Info are good sources of information and guidance on transgender issues.
These websites are in Dutch, though the staff are able to offer support in English.
113 has a special information page for transgender issues.
Sex and Sexual Identity
The nearby organisation ‘Sense’ offers free, confidential consultations for young people in Utrecht, relating to all aspects of sexual life, identity and welfare.
The website is in Dutch and in English.
You can simply write to them via the website to make an appointment.
UCU has its own platform for all LGBTQ+ issues, called the Queer Alliance
Substance Abuse & Addiction
Students with concerns over their own drug or alcohol (ab)use, or that of others, can make direct contact with Victas (substance abuse support centre) and their specialist youth branch, B Open, based nearby in Utrecht. Professional guidance and advice is offered in Dutch or English. The Student Life Officer can also bring you into contact with drugs and addiction counsellors.