At the Trimbos Institute we work towards a mentally fit society in which people feel in control of their lives and connected with each other.

We aim to improve the quality of life by contributing socially and economically with our knowledge about mental health and (preventing the use of) addictive substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

Our Themes

Alcohol and tobacco

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

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We track changes in drug use, health and social consequences and drug markets through various monitoring systems and research programs. We both aim to prevent drug use and reduce harm. We provide products for health professionals, policy makers and the general public.

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Mental health

We offer guidance and support for providing mental health, as well as offering information and expertise on mental health concerns, from depression to dementia. Also, our experts guide institutions and governments in the development and evaluation of mental health policies.

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The majority of the 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.

All publications in English

About us

Who we are

We are a diverse, creative and dedicated group of nearly 200 specialists in mental health and the use of addictive substances like alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Many of our senior staff hold part-time academic positons. As a registered non-profit organisation, we constantly aim to benefit the public.

Our key activities include:

  • Monitor and detect mental healh problems, substance use and addiction
  • Develop, test and implement novel prevention and treatment approaches, quality standards and guidelines
  • Promote public health awareness
  • Evaluate mental health services

WHO Collaborating Center

We are a World Healh Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Center on dissemination of good practices in mental health. We are an international leader in the field of e-healt and have over 15 years of experience with creating and disseminating evidence-based prevention and intervention approaches through digital tools and applications. 

Work with us

Would you like to contribute to a mentally fit society? As a researcher, team leader, communication specialist or intern? We welcome international applicants, although some positions will require you to speak and write in Dutch.

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Get in touch

Feel free to ask us anything related to mental health, susbstance use, addiciton, prevention and harm reduction: 

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Key contacts

Thematic leads:

Press officers:

Get to know us better

Download our corporate brochure 'Focus on mental health' to discover our activities, projects and products. 

Download Focus (pdf)