Projects in digital & e-health solutions

The Trimbos Institute furthers research and implementation in digital and e-health solutions through a variety of research studies, program evaluation, policy projects, and implementation work. Examples of this work are shown below.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs

Alcohol and Drug Prevention at Clubs and Pubs is a harm reduction program and study that provides tools for local authorities to create healthier and safer nightlife environments by using a healthy settings approach. The focus is on reducing the use (especially high-risk use) of substances and related problems such as traffic accidents or violent crimes. The Trimbos Institute provides educational flyers and a website for partygoers about different kinds of drugs and how to reduce risks.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Alcohol Infoline website

Through the Alcohol Infoline website, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice about alcohol use. The website contains information for parents, for young adults, for pregnant women, for those who live with someone with a problem with alcohol, and for those worried about their alcohol consumption. The website is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ninette van Hasselt


Better faster in your life

Better faster in your Life is an online training program to help improve sleep, reduce stress, and manage worry. The training program is self-paced and offers exercises, guidance, and tips on improving one's life quickly. For more information, click here to visit the Dutch-language website.


Cognitive fitness

The project Cognitive Fitness focuses on two problems that are common among individuals with psychiatric disorders: problems in cognitive functioning (planning, attention, and memory), and poor physical health. The neurocognitive trainings method Cognitive Fitness was developed to address these two problems. This method improves physical and mental conditions through physical exercise, intellectual challenges, and relaxation exercises. Fitness practices are combined with cognitive elements that stimulate the brain. This project is a collaborative effort with Parnassia-Bavo Group, Kwintes, Lister, GGZ Breburg, Emergis, and ADRZ.

For more information, contact Maaike van Vugt


Color your life

Color your life is an evidence-based and successful blended program for those with depressive symptoms. Developed and researched by the Trimbos Institute, Color your life offers a variety of services and advice, including tailored telephone intake sessions, videos, exercises and activities, and online diary prompts. Color your life can be done as a part of a larger treatment plan or independently. More about the program can be found at the Dutch-language website by clicking here.

For more information, contact Odile Smeets


Control yourself

Control Yourself is an internet application for individuals with severe mental health disorders, for their informal caregivers, and for care professionals. Control Yourself enables these individuals to communicate with each other via the app and to provide access to available care, care plans, and medication. The aim of Control Yourself is to give those with a severe mental health disorder more control over their lives.


Dementia glasses

Through Dementia Glasses, professional and lay caregivers can experience dementia themselves with virtual reality glasses that simulate the experiences of those with dementia. In addition to the virtual reality glasses, caregivers are offered further education about dementia through an e-learning program. A test version of Dementia Glasses will be tested by forty informal caregivers in the fall of 2016. Dementia Glasses are being developed in cooperation with the foundation Into D’mentia, Coolminds, and Ijsfontein. Funding has been provided by the Dutch Alzheimer Foundation and the PGGM Stimulation Foundation.

For more information, contact Marjolein Veerbeek - Senster


Depression free

Depression Free is a web-based therapeutic intervention based on an empirically effective group therapy model from the University of Groningen. In cooperation with the Trimbos innovation program Mental Vitality, the therapy was adapted for online use. Users can perform it at home on their own time and at their own pace, receiving telephone or
email support from a therapist if needed. As SMS text messages have proven to be one way to increase therapy adherence, clients in the recovery phase of depression are sent two messages a month asking how they are doing.
Their answers are plotted on a graph. This produces an overall view of their mood patterns and helps the therapist provide targeted feedback. It also allows the recurrence of depressive symptoms to be detected more rapidly.


Development, testing, and dissemination of video games that prevent and treat anxiety and depression in children and adolescents

Development, testing, and dissemination of video games that prevent and treat anxiety and depression in children and adolescents is a multidisciplinary research and implementation program that uses specially developed video games. The project and program team include the Trimbos Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, the University of Southern California, commercial gaming companies, Pluryn, and the Dutch Health Agency in East Brabant. This project began in March 2015 and will be completed by March 2020.

For more information, contact Rutger Engels


Gaming Infoline

Through the Gaming Infoline, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and telephone support to those who need information about problematic gaming. The helpline is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Gaming Infoline website

Through the Gaming Infoline website, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice for those interested in problematic gaming. The website provides objective information, tips, and short flims showing personal experiences with gaming and addiction. The website is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Get a grip on your dip

The e-mental health platform Get a Grip on your Dip was developed by Trimbos for teens with depressive symptoms. The website offers assessments, tips for managing depressive symptoms, an online course, community support, and anonymous help.

For more information, contact Rianne van der Zanden


Living in the plus

The Trimbos Institute has developed and evaluated an Internet-based intervention called Living in the Plus. Improving self-management skills in older adults may improve their well-being and resilience. Feelings of loneliness might decrease for this reason. The Trimbos Institute has developed this intervention to improve or maintain self-management skills in older adults. The intervention is based on Dutch existing internet- and non-internet-based interventions, such as Psyfit and GRIP, which focus on self-management skills and/or resilience. By means of a pilot study, the feasibility of the intervention was tested and the impact of the intervention was investigated. The results showed that the intervention is feasible and acceptable. It also has a positive impact on depressive symptoms as well as on loneliness. Based on the feedback obtained from the pilot study, the intervention will be adjusted and implemented on a national level.

For more information, contact Bernadette Willemse


Loss: an app to offer mental support to parents have lost babies

Losing a baby can be one of the hardest moments in a parent's life. The Trimbos Institute has developed an app to support parents as they grieve their loss, offering support and connection with other parents in similar situations. More information can be found here.


Moving Stories: A new approach for teens with suicidal thoughts

There are approximately 14,000 teens annually who walk around with suicidal thoughts. Partnering with game company IJsfontein, the Trimbos Institute is researching whether gaming may contribute to the prevention of suicidal thoughts, through the Moving Stories project. This research will be used in the development of a game prototype for future in-depth research on adolescents, suicidal thoughts, and video games.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


National Panel: Psychologically Respected

In 2010 the Trimbos Institute initiated the panel Psychologically Respected, a large, national panel by and for people with mental health conditions. The goal of Psychologically Respected is to provide insight into the social functioning of people in the Netherlands who are affected in their communities by ongoing mental health problems, as well as their experiences with mental healthcare and living conditions. Psychologically Respected allows those affected by mental health conditions to raise their voices in societal debates about the Dutch mental health care system. The panel collects data through questionnaires, phone interviews and opinion polls. The Trimbos Institute coordinates the panel and works closely with Phrenos, LPGGZ, and Nivel. The panel is subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sports.

For more information, contact Harry Michon


Psyfit: an online course in mental fitness

Psyfit is an online course that helps users to train their mental conditions. This is done through exercises, videos, tests, and tips. The six course modules emphasize happiness, goal-setting, thoughts and feelings, and relationships. For more information about the course, click here.

For more information, contact Linda Bolier


Return@Work

The Trimbos Institute offers an online program called Return@Work to motivate absent employees to (partially) return to work. Company doctors receive advice about supporting the employee through the program. The self-help program aids employees with mental health disorders in returning to work. The program is developed to work in conjunction with on-going treatments or interventions. The Trimbos Institute has investigated the effects of Return@Work in collaboration with Achmea Insurance, the mental healthcare institution GGzBreburg, and the University of Tilburg.

For more information, contact Daniƫlle Volker


Schizophrenia decision support tool

For people with psychotic illness and their friends and relatives, a digital decision aid for schizophrenia is now available. It informs them about the nature of at disorder and it helps them, in consultation with a healthcare professional, to make optimal choices in terms of care and services.

For more information, contact Daniƫlle Meije


Vital signs for mental health

The website Vital Signs for Mental Health was developed by the Trimbos Institute to support mental fitness. The website includes a self-assessment for those struggling with stress, mental wellness, shyness, and/or mental illness. The results of the assessment show the user's level of the mental fitness and provide advice on ways to improve mental fitness when needed. The website also includes news and tips about mental health disorders, as well as general information about different types of health disorders.

For more information, contact Odile Smeets


Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe - Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)

The objective of the ALICE RAP program was to reframe the general understanding of addiction and to help redesigning addiction policy based on objective scientific evidence. The Trimbos Institute’s studies addictions governance by describing the views and forces that determine the ways societies steer themselves and by taking stock of present governance practices relating to known and new, emerging addictions. For more information, visit the English-language website here.


Gaming Infoline

Through the Gaming Infoline, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and telephone support to those who need information about problematic gaming. The helpline is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens


Gaming Infoline website

Through the Gaming Infoline website, experts from the Trimbos Institute provide evidence-based information and advice for those interested in problematic gaming. The website provides objective information, tips, and short flims showing personal experiences with gaming and addiction. The website is financially supported by the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport.

For more information, contact Ferry Goossens