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Referral page (mental) health and confidants

Regrettably, sometimes an undesirable experience takes place, in whatever way. On this page, we’ve made a list of persons you can contact, including an explanation of who to contact for what issue. If you don’t want to talk with any of these people or want help choosing the right person to contact, you can always ask a board member to talk about it with you. Obviously, this conversation will remain confidential.

Contact Information

Confidential advisors at via
At via, we have our own confidential advisors. Check https://svia.nl/vertrouwenspersonen for more information.

Belle Jansen
020 525 5512

Kristien van Lunen
06 28 95 77 32

You can contact one of the confidants if you have experienced an undesirable situation and want to talk with someone about it. An undesirable situation is different for everybody, so don’t hesitate to talk to one of them if you want to talk. Possible examples are:

  • (Sexual) Intimidation
  • Bullying
  • Agression
  • Discrimination
  • Stalking
  • Group pressure
  • Drugs/ alcohol related incidents
  • Undesirable behavior

Study adviser of your study

It can happen that a situation has an impact on your study progress. This could be personal, family related or something else. The study adviser can help you deal with these situation combined with your study.

UvA alarm number
020 525 2222

Is there a situation at the UvA which requires immediate attention? Then you can call the UvA helpline 020 525 2222. You can use this to reach security, first-aid workers or emergency responders.

Student psychologists

Do you have problems studying, personal problems, ADHD or autism? The UvA's psychologists can provide you with various types of support, such as groups, workshops, training sessions and consultations. A referral isn’t necessary and the talks are accessible.

Student doctor (Emergency)
020 525 2889

If you have a physical complaint or injury that isn’t life threatening, but does require immediate attention, you can go to the student doctor. As a UvA student you can visit Bureau Studentenartsen to get treated by doctors that have experience with student life. It’s recommended to register, mainly for non immediate complaints. You can do this via http://www.huisartsenamsterdam.nl/contact/inschrijven-is-nodig/

Student doctor (emergency outside office hours)

If you need medical assistance outside of office hours, you can call the number above.

Suicide prevention
0900 - 0113

Is there someone in your environment with suicidal thoughts, or are you dealing with them yourself? You can call 0900-0113. The suicide prevention people are there 24/7 to assist with immediate and non-immediate cases. Visit www.113.nl for more information.

Center Sexual Violence

The Centrum Seksueel Geweld (Center Sexual Violence) is a place where victims of molestation or rape get the help they need: forensic, medical en psychological help. The Centrum Seksueel Geweld has a team of doctors, nurses, police and other aid workers that work together to provide specialised care to victims of molestation or rape.

If someone reaches out to you because they experienced sexually undesirable behavior, the CSG has some tips to help you conduct a good conversation: https://www.centrumseksueelgeweld.nl/iemand-steunen/

Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice
Stichting Our Bodies Our Voice raises awareness for the stigma around survivors and sexual violence and sexual violence in general. They are there to give advice to organisations, instituions and universities and want to create a safer environment for this subject. There are workshops that can be booked on their website: https://ourbodies-ourvoice.com/book-a-workshop/

On their Facebook the events they organise, such as workshops about social safety, are published an can be seen in an overview: https://www.facebook.com/pg/obov.now/events/?ref=page_internal

De Advieswinkel
De advieswinkel offers up till five free, anonymous and non-binding talks with advanced psychology students. Everyone can go there without an appointment for a conversation and to make use of the substantive knowledge of our psychology volunteers. The trained psychology students clear up your problem together with you and come up with a pratical advice. You can go here for, among other things, worries or stress about your study, you relationship or other subjects.

On the following page you can find more information and make an appointment: https://de-advieswinkel.nl/

Difficult situation?

If you yourself are confronted with a difficult situation with a fellow student who confides in you, the chart below can function as overview for action steps you can take. It is important for you and the other person to verify a few things. Try to calm the situation as much as possible, use the same words, don't judge and lay down their options. It is important to be honest and let the other know when you don't know what to do anymore. When this is the situation you can use the scheme down here to seek for help elsewhere.