Neglect goes further than skipping a shower once in a while or staying in your room for one day. 

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What causes neglect?

Young people suffering from traumatic experiences, addiction or psychological problems often blame themselves for what they have experienced. Sometimes, they bring themselves down and think they 'deserve' severe events. They do not do this consciously but believe in their own truth. They allow the wrong feelings and block out the right ones. This also applies to physical neglect.

These young people sometimes can no longer take good care of themselves; they eat poorly or not at all, no longer exercise or go outside, there is poor hygienic care, and they do not get enough rest or sleep. The addiction or depression then has them in its grip. They often consider themselves worthless and in a downward spiral; they can no longer escape.

Treatment of neglect

If a teenager or young adult starts to show structural forms of behavioural problems and this takes on destructive forms, something is going on below the surface. This situation requires adequate and targeted interpretation, coaching and guidance. The Yes We Can Youth Clinics team can map these behavioural problems for and with the young person himself. Together, they look for ways and possibilities to leave their destructive life behind forever and start working on a beautiful, bright future.

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we are available 24/7 to provide warm and professional guidance. We help young people, whom we call 'fellows', to deal with their problems and become empowered to function well in society again. We do not look at the 'labels' they have received in the past but rather at their talents, qualities and possibilities. The clinical treatment programme lasts ten weeks. Our follow-up care programme continues to help and guide these young people in their recovery and further development. For example, finding a fulfilling way of life plays an important role.

Various forms of therapy

In group sessions, fellows learn to acknowledge their problems and give each other feedback. These sessions are led by expert-by-experience counsellors who, like the fellows, have also struggled with these problems. They can empathise fully with the fellows and prove that change is possible. There is a lot of recognition, which makes fellows realise they are not alone.

In addition to group sessions, daily sports and outdoor activities teach young people to work together and push their boundaries. Our programme focuses mainly on systemic therapy and relapse prevention, and cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing can also form part of the treatment. The fellows have different one-on-one sessions with their regular therapist every week.

Neglect and medication

The young people who come to us may have been prescribed medication in the past, for example, anti-depressants, such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or mood stabilisers, to relieve symptoms (including mood swings).

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we strive to reduce any medication the fellows are already on to zero or as little as possible during treatment. In other words, we want to treat the symptoms as they are, treating the young person with all their pain. We believe that the various drug-free forms of therapy can fully empower young people again. 

Responsible phasing out

The reduction of medication is done under the strict guidance of our psychiatrists and with the help and support of the entire treatment team and medical team.

The safe treatment climate at Yes We Can Youth Clinics, the positive environment and the whole treatment team that is present 24/7 to motivate, support and confront the fellows, where necessary, all ensure that medication withdrawal is usually successful. Even once the fellow has left the clinic and continues to work on recovery, medication is often hardly necessary anymore, if at all.

Contact us

Yes We Can Youth Clinics can effectively treat teenagers and young adults who are suffering from a wide variety of mental health issues. If you have any questions, any at all, you can always contact us. We cannot stress enough that we are always there for you, whether you sign up for a treatment in our clinic or not. 

You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (GMT +1) via phone number: +31 (0)85 02 01 222. After business hours – weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends – your call will be forwarded. Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot answer the call right away, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill in our contact form.

Register for an intake interview

Would you like to register a teenager or young adult (aged 13-25) for a treatment at Yes We Can Youth Clinics? Please fill in our intake form and we will contact you to schedule a personal intake interview.

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Why it works

For young people aged 13-25, Yes We Can Youth Clinics offers 10 weeks intensive residential treatment. During the treatment there is also 4 days of family coaching & counselling for parents/carers. Upon completion, an extensive tailor-made aftercare programme will be devised, in collaboration with our partners all over the world.

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