International Work

The Trimbos Institute is a worldwide leader in mental health and addiction research and implementation. The international network and activities of the Trimbos Institute are broad and diversified, with experts from Trimbos advising national policymakers, developing and implementing programs, and conducting external evaluations.  Leaders from the Trimbos Institute work with a host of international organizations, including the European Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as distinguished universities, hospitals, and research centers worldwide. The Trimbos Institute maintains an office in Brussels to better coordinate and respond to international needs.

International projects are conducted by experts from multiple departments and centers from the Trimbos Institute. The multinational researchers in the International Department work with other departments within the Trimbos Institute to coordinate and oversee international programs. In addition, experts from the International Department implement programs and conduct research in various countries.

Projects are based on the best available and evidence-based practices and guidelines. These are translated into tailor-made local approaches with clear benchmarks and output indicators. Examples include:

  • Mental health care reforms in Moldova. A Swiss project led by the Trimbos Institute to reorganize and improve the Moldovan mental health system.
  • Party Friends. An EU-sponsored project that uses apps, a website, self-management tools and social media to improve awareness, knowledge and skills among European young adults who are inclined to hazardous drug use in nightlife settings. The project also has an office that offers professional information and help to young people when needed.
  • HIV project in Southern Africa. Working together with the South African Foundation for Professional Development, the Trimbos Institute helps to develop guidelines, standard procedures and training programs for 11 countries in Southern Africa aimed at effectively combating HIV in prisons.
  • Twinning project in Montenegro. In this EU-funded project, the Netherlands supports Montenegro in improving its mental health care provision. Montenegrin nursing staff are trained in providing evidence-based care; psychiatrists and psychologists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy and motivational interviewing. A national center for mental health has been founded to oversee the further implementation and monitoring of the initiated reforms.
  • European Union Joint Action for Mental Health and Well-Being. The Trimbos Institute and Semmelweis University in Hungary have assumed the leading role in the subproject on depression prevention, suicide and e–Mental health.
  • Diabetes and Depression Dialogue. In cooperation with the World Psychiatric Association, this global project focuses on the problems of people with comorbid diabetes and depression.
  • ALICE RAP (Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe– Reframing Addictions Project). This is a European research project involving over 200 researchers from more than 25 countries and 29 research fields. Transdisciplinary research is conducted to further the innovation of policy and practice with respect to substance use and addiction.