Queen Máxima heard more on Wednesday about the “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger?” , which was given in the afternoon at the Fontys Hogeschool in Den Bosch. This is a study of stress and pressure to perform among higher education students. The Queen was accompanied by Minister Robert Degraff (Education, Culture and Science).
One of the photos shared by the Royal Family shows the Queen and the Minister receiving the report. Another picture shows the Queen speaking to students and teachers, accompanied by the Minister. In that photo, Maxima is busy chatting. Her Majesty the Queen and the Minister also took part in a workshop on youth mental health on Wednesday.
The research was conducted by the Trimbos Institute and Expertise Center for Inclusive Education and the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. A directory has also been developed with solutions for polytechnics, universities, students and government to prevent or reduce stress and pressure to perform, according to the Government Information Service.
“Half of the students have psychiatric complaints,” Gekraff wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, along with a photo showing he and the Queen receiving the report. “I hear it when I talk to students and it is confirmed by this research from @Trimbos and ECIO_NL. It worries me a lot. We have to improve students’ mental health.”
Queen Máxima is Honorary Chair of MIND Us, a foundation dedicated to young people’s mental health.