Cabinet approves long-term e-mental health funding

The cabinet has agreed to long-term funding of anonymous e-mental health, based on a proposal by the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, to replace the present temporary scheme.

The decision will enable care providers to continue treating patients with psychological problems who require care yet are reluctant to seek help, perhaps because they are ashamed or because they are afraid of how those around them might react.

Early identification and self-management have proved beneficial to patients with mental disorders. E-mental health is also considered a cost-effective form of treatment.