Public Health Minister Maggie De Block (Open VLD) is currently researching whether it would be possible to provide financial aid for psychological treatment, she said in an interview with De Morgen on Saturday. “I want to take a step forward in mental health, and we laid the foundations last year by recognising the profession of clinical psychology, now we must continue in this direction.” The Federal Council for Mental Health Care Professions will be established on Friday and it will examine how we can provide financial aid for psychological treatment. We know that some people suffer from mental disorders for ten years without receiving adequate help. This is terrible and should no longer be possible”, the minister said.
To finance such a measure, Maggie De Block intends to develop a step-by-step plan and examine for whom and when such aid would be the most urgent. “In any case, I find it important to achieve this. One in three people experience psychological problems during their lives”, she says.