Mental health issues

Escaping the downward spiral

What are mental health issues?

From time to time, all young people and young adults may suffer from mood swings or irritability, for example. As long as this does not last long and the person and his / her environment do not suffer from it, then there is no real problem. However, if these problems are long-lasting, have far-reaching consequences and if there is no prospect of improvement, then intensive treatment is necessary.

Psychological problems can manifest themselves in feelings of depression and (extreme) gloom, a negative self-image, lack of energy, fears, despair, little or no self-confidence and a feeling of emptiness. Young people with these problems often flounder at school, at work, in social contacts and in family situations. They are locked inside themselves, as it were, and their problems have taken control over them. Parents and / or guardians increasingly feel that they are unable to really reach their child and make contact with him / her. Well-intentioned advice or attempts to help are met with resistance and may sometimes cause the young person to withdraw even more, isolating himself / herself,  and avoiding contact.

A young person with mental health issues does not know how to get out of the negative spiral. He / she believes that there is no way out, which makes him / her feel worthless, completely alone and powerless.

Review: Ben

Ben was treated at Yes We Can Youth Clinics for his depression.

Common mental health issues

At Yes We Can Youth Clinics, we treat young people (we like to call them "fellows" who are struggling with psychological and/or psychiatric problems. Many of our employees are experts by experience who have had similar issues. This ensures a lot of recognition. The young people we treat often have to deal with a combination of the following psychological problems:

Often, our fellows also have issues with problematic substance abuse or addictions and/or behavioural problems. Yes We Can Youth Clinics often treats young people with multiple issues. We have all the expertise available to treat young people with various and complex issues. These include psychiatrists, psychologists, remedial education specialists, therapists, expert-by-experience counsellors, youth coaches, and doctors.  

Learning to deal with mental health issues

Together with a fellow, the experienced and professional team at Yes We Can Youth Clinics examine the origin and underlying issues of the problems. Then, they look for ways and possibilities to process, discuss and learn to deal with these problems. This is done in a group and also on a one-on-one basis. 

Treatment of mental health issues

We try to help every kind of problem and every young person by working together on development and recovery, even if it seems difficult or impossible. We find it important to treat young people in an environment that feels warm, loving and familiar, so they can recover and live the beautiful life that they deserve. Yes We Can Youth Clinics strives to reduce any medication that the fellow already receives to zero or as little as possible during the treatment.

Our treatment, step by step

Let us start by emphasizing that if you have any questions, 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. Your call will be forwarded after business hours, on weekdays after 6:00 p.m. and on the weekends.

Please note that it might take longer than usual to answer your call. If we cannot answer the call immediately, please leave a message, and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also fill out our contact form.

We treat all mental health issues. Together with the fellow's family, we work on development and recovery, even when it appears difficult or impossible. We think it is essential that we treat our fellows in an environment that feels warm, loving, and familiar while guiding them towards a bright, new future.  

Yes We Can Youth Clinics wants to treat 'the real fellow' instead of the fellow under the influence of medication. That is why we strive to reduce any medication the fellows are already on to zero or as little as possible during treatment. We do this responsibly, under the guidance of our psychiatrists.

Register for an intake

You can register for an intake by filling in the intake form. As soon as we receive the registration, a Case Manager from Yes We Can Youth Clinics will contact you to schedule a personal intake.

Check our current waiting times.

Intake interview

After your initial contact with one of our Case Managers, we normally do get a pretty good picture about the current situation and what might be needed. Admission, however, can only take place after a full 4-hour assessment by our intake team consisting of a counsellor, psychologist and psychiatrist. During intakes, we appreciate the presence of at least one parent/carer. For legal and safety reasons, intakes are always done in the Netherlands.

Read more about the intake interview.

Residential treatment

Yes We Can Youth Clinics is truly a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. We will be there for your child, for you and for the rest of the family, right by your side, listening and helping. Unconditionally. Like we did for thousands of other 13 to 25 year olds and their families before you. Our treatment team will do everything it takes to help realise permanent change. Both fellows and parents/carers will learn everything they need to know about the nature and impact of their behaviour. The future will be discussed extensively. How to plan, spend and use your time? What are the goals in life? What to do when facing difficulties? Together we will search for answers during a highly intensive 10-week programme.

Read more about the programme.


After completing the 10-week residential programme in the Clinic, fellows have to face the most critical phase of the treatment process. They have rebuilt self-confidence, are motivated again, feel more energetic and are ready to make new plans. At the same time, they are insecure because they may have changed, but their social environment has stayed the same. For that reason, it is essential they receive a great level of support during this period.

Read more about the aftercare.

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.

Intake form