Weather
12 °C

Search form

Powered by xpats.com

You are here

Recent articles

Apr 24, 2015

Flemish public transport company De Lijn will in 2018 launch a pilot project with a self-driving...

Apr 24, 2015

During a specially convened summit yesterday in Brussels, Belgium’s prime minister Charles Michel...

Apr 24, 2015

About 1,000 people took to the streets of Brussels on Thursday carrying coffins in a mock funeral...

Apr 24, 2015

Ilke Froyen, a programme director at Brussels literature house Passa Porta, has been unanimously...

Mental health care in Belgium

Aug 20, 2012
0

For those experiencing mental health problems, CHS offers a listening ear and practical help.

According to the World Health Organization, there is no ‘official’ definition of mental health. Problems are particular to each person and can range from loneliness or needing to share a problem through to some very serious conditions. People all over the world fall into this range of categories, and those in Belgium are no exception. 

It’s important to remember that problems can affect anyone: rich, poor, employed, unemployed, regardless of education level or nationality. For the very large number of foreign nationals in Brussels who don’t speak Dutch or French fluently, it can be even more challenging to find the courage to ask for help.

Recent headlines in the UK point to a surge in calls to mental health support lines since the onset of the economic crisis. In Belgium, an attentive ear and professional advice are readily at hand through Community Help Service (CHS). CHS is a non-profit organisation that provides information, support, assistance and mental health services in English to anyone in Belgium who needs help, regardless of nationality and circumstances. 

Two key parts of CHS are 

  • The Helpline, a 24/7 confidential information and crisis telephone service, staffed by a team of trained volunteers under the supervision of professional therapists.
  • The Mental Health Centre, which has a professional staff of psychologists, psychiatrists and educational specialists supported by a volunteer administrative staff.

CHS has successfully provided mental health support services in Belgium for more than 40 years and with over 50 active members is well positioned to continue to do so in the future. 

New roles

Harry Pomerantz, a long-time active professional at CHS, has recently taken over the position of clinical director. His extensive experience in the field includes running a variety of clinics in the Netherlands. Harry replaces Dr Lucy Fuks, who after many years as an energetic and committed part of CHS – the last seven as clinical director – has retired to concentrate on her private work. 

Meanwhile, Rex Parker has taken over from Nick Fern as chairman of the board. Rex brings 30 years of commercial knowledge and skill in running multicultural teams across the world. Rex and Harry’s combined experience will enable them to help CHS build on the strong organisation left by their predecessors and to take CHS to new levels of effectiveness.

If you would like to volunteer or contribute to this important and rewarding organisation in the office, on the Helpline or in some other way, call 02.647.67.80 or email chs@chsbelgium.org


This is a guest column submitted by Community Help Service Belgium.


Events & Social

Enrich your social life!

Upcoming

26 Apr
26.04.2015
Brussels
by Centre culturel Wolubilis
26 Apr
26.04.2015
Brussels
by La Cucina delle Zie
26 Apr
26.04.2015
by www.faceliftyoga.eu

Popular

27 May
27.05.2015 to 13.06.2015
by Brussels Childbirth Trust asbl
7 Jun
07.06.2015
Wezembeek-Oppem
by Brussels Childbirth Trust asbl
4 Jun
04.06.2015 to 14.06.2015
by Brussels Childbirth Trust asbl

Local offers

Great deals & discounts

Twitter