Youth in Belgium

A permanent job at last and they can’t cope

2017.04.27

The problems start for many young Belgians when they find work. From 2007 to date, the number of thirty-year-olds who take long periods of sick-leave (more than twelve months) having signed the long-awaited permanent contract, ...

With PhD they risk going crazy and being unemployed

2017.04.20

Doctoral students continue to show increasing signs of mental illness. In fact, as many as 32% has the risk of suffering serious psychiatric disturbances, such as panic attacks or depression. A percentage that is two ...

Europe’s laziest and most violent pupils

2016.03.16

They hate going to school and when they do go, they bully the other kids. Belgian teenagers have the unenviable distinction of being the laziest and most violent school pupils in Europe. The numbers ...

Do it on Valentine’s Day – but use a condom

2016.02.11

Valentine's Day 2016 is this weekend so don't forget to put a condom in your pocket. This is the message in a Belgian campaign called 'Love is protected'. It reminds everyone that wearing a ...

The spectre of suicide at university

2015.10.26

People say that university days are the best days of your life, but it's not like that for all students. In Belgium a study has found that 10% of university students suffer from depression, ...

Speed-dating to find a flatmate

2015.08.28

Any student or young worker who has ever lived in shared housing knows about the jungle of adverts, appointments and interviews, just to get a room. To take the stress out of the search, ...

The first therapy home for teens with problems

2015.06.17

Area+, the first home especially for troubled teenagers, will open at the start of July in Belgium. The home, which has been developed by Epsylon (a network of Belgian psychiatrists) is unique. Its purpose ...