Psychological help

Moving to a new country, starting a new job, meeting new roommates can be challenging. If you are not feeling so well mentally, it may be advisable to get treatment for your mental health problems in your home country before moving abroad. In your home country, help may be offered in your own language, whereas in the Netherlands it is very difficult to get the right help if you do not speak Dutch (or English).

As a migrant worker, you face new challenges and opportunities in the Netherlands. We understand that this can be accompanied by psychological issues and that it is important to find the right support for your mental well-being. Fortunately, there are several agencies and organizations in the Netherlands that specialize in providing psychological help to migrant workers, so you can get the support you need to address your specific challenges.

Life in a new country can sometimes be difficult, with problems such as cultural adaptation, loneliness, stress, depression or anxiety. But you are not alone. Here are some agencies in the Netherlands you can turn to for psychological help:

  • MIND Korrelation: MIND Korrelatie is here for you, regardless of your background. They offer telephone, online and chat support in several languages. At MIND Korrelatie, you can get advice on dealing with specific challenges migrant workers may face.
  • PsyQ: At PsyQ, they understand that everyone is unique and has different needs. They have branches throughout the country and offer specialized mental health services to people with a variety of mental health issues. Whether you need individual therapy or group sessions, PsyQ can help, including with specific challenges for migrant workers.
  • GGZ: The Mental Health Service (GGZ) provides health care in the Netherlands. Many GGDs have specific programs or departments for migrant workers, where you can find support in various areas, including mental health. Contact your local GGZ to inquire about services available in your area.
  • Language and cultural centers: Many cities and towns in the Netherlands have language and cultural centers that focus on the integration and support of immigrant workers. These centers often offer language classes, workshops and psychological support to help you adjust to your new environment. The language & integration page lists some of these foundations.

This list is not exhaustive, but it gives you an idea of the resources available. Except for the Language and Culture Centers, most agencies are Dutch-oriented. If you do not speak Dutch (or English) it is not easy to find information or help through them. You can also contact General Practitioner (GP) for referrals to appropriate psychological counselors. Our Social Guidance team is also always ready to give you advice, make an appointment or support you as an interpreter.

Finding it difficult to contact your GP or our social support team? There are also telephone helplines for direct contact with a volunteer or professional counselor. They will listen to you and offer advice if you need it.

Always available, 7 days a week, day and night:

Listening line: 088 0767 000 (English/Dutch) (if you are thinking about suicide): 113 or toll-free 0800 0113 (English/Dutch)

Remember that it is important to be aware of available resources and that there is no shame in seeking help. Psychological support can help you deal with the challenges you face, promote your mental well-being and create a healthy living environment during your stay in the Netherlands.