Living happily is much more than just being healthy or finding good accommodation. This section helps you to live a happy and healthy life in Maastricht. To live a balanced life as a student it is good to be aware of things like your psychological health and personal safety. Here we take you through the various ways you can find support for things such as sexual or psychological health.

Psychological Support

Moving to a new city can be very stressful, especially in the first few months. Fortunately, the university offers a range of psychological support to help you with any problem you might have, from anxiety about your studies, to eating disorders.

The two main types of support offered are individual appointments or group sessions. Individual appointments can help you if you need to talk to someone about your problems. These include problems such as study-related issues, anxiety, depression, conflicts with family etc. The group workshops provide training for students on issues like mindfulness, stress management and loss and mourning.

To find out what suits you best you can consult this chart or make an appointment with a student psychologist directly. Initial consultation is free of charge, but respect the cancellation regulations. To register for the group activities, follow this link. If you have an emergency, it is best call your own GP. For out of office hours, call the huisartsenpost on 043-387 7777.

Sexual Health

For us young people sexuality and sexual health are very important topics.  The GGD center for sexual Health (GGD Centrum voor Seksuele Gezondheid Zuid-Limburg) offers many services related to sexual health and well-being, such as:

  • sexual health care
  • STI testing and treatment
  • contraception prescription and emergency contraception
  • pregnancy testing
  • pregnancy all-options counseling
  • LGBT services (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)
  • rape/abuse crisis services

As long as you are under 25 years of age, these services are free of charge and you do not need to be insured. The GGD center also offers pre-abortion care and counseling, however, they do not have an abortion clinic but will instead forward patients to another clinic.

If you think you need to get checked up, you can make an appointment via phone (045-8506613, workdays 8:45 – 12:15, mon & wed 13:30 – 15:30) or you can contact them via mail if you have any questions (ggdmakessense@ggdzl.nl).

Visit the GGD’s website (only in Dutch) for more information about sexual health.

Travel Abroad

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There are a few things related to your health that you need to bear in mind when travelling abroad. Before embarking on your journey you should get in touch with your health insurance and find out whether you have worldwide coverage or not. If you don’t have worldwide coverage you should consider taking out travel insurance for the duration of your travels abroad.

Besides insurance coverage it’s crucial that you inform yourself whether you need to get vaccines to protect yourself from serious diseases. We recommend visiting a doctor for an initial consultation. Based on your travel plans he or she will be able to tell you what vaccinations you need to get prior to your travels and what medicine you need to take with you.

Drug Use

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If you or someone you know decides to use drugs, it’s important that you are aware of what you are consuming and what the possible consequences are.

Rat poison and other chemicals have been found in certain drugs. One reoccuring substance is XTC, which appears in high dossage on the dutch drug market and significantly raises the risks of drugs. Further, according to experts, the pollution of dutch cocaine has significantly increased in the last years. You can use a drug test kit to determine whether or not your drugs contain undesirable substances. These kits can be obtained at local head shops, smart shops or online. However, be aware that those kits usually only show if the tested substance is indeed XTC or amphetamine and they fail to show dossage or pollution levels, which means they aren’t showing you some of the most essential details!

If you don’t want to spend any money, the hospital can test the quality of your drugs confidentially and free of charge. Mondriaan offers the same service! Additionally, there are different websites which list currently common drugs they have tested or help you find a place to test yours, like the official government website which lists testing locations. On another website you can find lists of tested drugs and warnings about specific ones that have been judged as extra dangerous.

Remember that there is no safe way to take drugs, but testing the quality before consuming is still a smart move.

If you want to know more about attitudes and statistics related to drug use in the Netherlands you can visit the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Addiction & Abuse of Drugs

Drugs are not only dangerous because of the substances which might be mixed into them, drug-addiction is also a danger many students underestimate. An addiction, not only to drugs but also to different behaviors (e.g. gaming), often messes up the situation and studies of students and sometimes even endangers one’s life. If you worry that you might have a drug problem, or maybe one of your friends does, you can get in touch with the department of addiction prevention Mondriaan in Maastricht. Mondriaan is an organization with more than 40 locations in Limburg and they are specialized in aiding and treating addiction. Not only do they treat patients, they are also generally approachable with all questions you might have regarding the topic.

You can contact Mondriaan Addiction Prevention at: Mail: preventie.vz@mondriaan.eu; Phone: 088 506 7200.

Just looking for some reliable and objective information about alcohol, drugs and other addictions?

  • Check out Unity and read their always up to date Drugs ABC.
  • If you want to know more about how drugs influence all the processes going on in your brain you can click here and have an animation explain it to you. You can choose different kinds of drugs to see the different effects they have on your brain.
  • Party in the Netherlands? All you need to know in one video!
  • What is XTC? Check out this animation made by Unity (English, German, French & Spanish subtitles available)
  • Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Check out this video about ignoring streetdealers.
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