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Dutch Ministry of Health to Set Up Phone Line to Help Individuals Experiencing Mental Health Crises

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Netherlands

Country Correspondent: Margje Haverkamp

Paul Blokhuis, the State Secretary for Health in the Netherlands, has promised to create a national phone number for people to call when they are worried about a person experiencing a mental health crisis. The number will transfer to a regional call center, where staff can set up an emergency referral to a psychiatrist for medication adjustment or a home health visit. The move is expected to ease the burden on the national emergency number 112, which is not equipped to deal with mental health crises.

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Publication Date: February 26, 2019