Trimbos Institute - For mental health

Trimbos provides research, policy, and practice-based advice for professionals on mental health and addiction issues across the life course, and across the promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery spectrum. We also focus on improving the mental health and wellbeing of specific groups at high-risk of developing a mental health or substance use issue - as well as specialising in strategies that strengthen protective factors and minimise risk factors for mental ill-health.

Our themes


We monitor the use of alcohol in The Netherlands, research the impact on society, provide advice to the general public, and develop interventions to help people reduce or quit the use of alcohol. Get in touch to learn more.

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We develop (through scientific research) and share (through literature reviews) evidence-based knowledge about preventing tobacco use, reducing exposure to tobacco smoke, smoking cessation and effective tobacco control policy measures.

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We track changes in drug (mis)use, the health and social consequences of drug (mis)use, and in drug markets through various monitoring systems and research programmes. We aim to both prevent drug use and reduce the harms associated with drug (mis)use. We provide products for health professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

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Mental health

We dedicate our work in the field of mental health to improving wellbeing of people with mental health issues and those at risk of developing mental health issues. We research, advise, and support sustainable system-based reforms that allow for individuals to receive care appropriate for their needs. We provide an evidence-based approach to guide critical decisions for improving mental health and wellbeing, in the Dutch setting, in Europe and internationally to a variety of stakeholders including the general public, institutions and governments.

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Publications in English

The majority of white papers and reports produced by the Trimbos Institute are in Dutch. However, some of these publications have been translated to English or include an English language summary. In addition, we also publish our research regularly in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. For an overview of these publications, see here.

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About us

Who we are

We are a diverse group of nearly 220 employees with experience in policy, research, and practice covering mental health and addiction topics across the life course. We are a registered non-profit organisation in the Netherlands (chamber of commerce number 41265454).

Our key activities include:

  • Knowledge generation and dissemination of mental health prevention and mental health promotion
  • Improving the quality of life of people with mental illnesses
  • Organisation and reform of mental health services across the whole treatment and recovery spectrum
  • Conducting research on alcohol and tobacco consumption and advising on prevention programmes
  • Disseminating information to the public, professionals, and governments about drug use and harm reduction
  • Preventing gambling and gaming addiction

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Work with us

Would you like to contribute to impacting mental health in the Netherlands and beyond? Please check our vacancies page for an overview of current openings.

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Get in touch

Feel free to contact us with questions related to knowledge on mental health, substance use, addiction and harm reduction:

Key contacts

Thematic leads:

Press officers: