Wonderful example of international exchange
On Thursday, September 8th, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Máxima and Minister Ernst Kuipers visited the Hogg Foundation in Texas, USA. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the Hogg Foundation's innovative integrated approach to strengthening the mental health and resilience of neighborhoods and young people in particular.
Learning from the Hogg Foundation's community-based approach
During the visit to the Kerr Community Center in Bastrop County, Queen Máxima spoke with young people and caregivers from the Hogg Foundation about their initiatives for children, young people, and their families. The Hogg Foundation sees mental health explicitly not as an individual problem, but as a reflection of your situation and the strength and possibilities of the community around you. Their approach is therefore aimed at strengthening the resilience and resilience of the entire community and prioritizing mental health in all aspects of daily life. Queen Máxima was so inspired by the young people's stories that the visit was extended so she could talk with them longer.
About the Global Leadership Exchange
To affirm the value of international exchange for a mentally healthy society, Kathy Langlois of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership announced the Global Leadership Exchange, which will take place in the Netherlands in June 2024. The Global Leadership Exchange is the core activity of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL). International leaders in mental health come together at this event to learn, innovate, and inspire. The theme of GLE 2024 is "Leading Change: Flourishing Communities and Wellbeing for All." The Dutch mental health care system has been a member of IIMHL since 2019 and is proud to be involved in the organization of the Global Leadership Exchange. The event is organized in collaboration with various European and Dutch organizations, such as EUCOMS, EAOF, MHE, MIND Us, and Thrive Amsterdam.