Published on 31st May 2018 by

Sharon Meijer (28) has paranoid schizophrenia, but you usually do not notice anything about her. She works in the bakery at Dijk en Duin, a psychiatric institution in Castricum that is portrayed in this episode of “Anthropology of the Dutch”. Sharon is one of the main characters in this episode about mental illness in The Netherlands. How do the Dutch deal with mental sickness? Are there intitutions for the mentally ill? How do they live?

Original title: De Geesteszieken

From the pigeonhole man about this episode:

‘We wanted a community that was involuntarily composed, and that’s how we ended up at the psychiatric institution Dijk en Duin in Castricum. Such settings are increasingly being closed. I hope those fools in The Hague when they see this think: maybe isn’t it such a smart idea that everyone lives independently on a flat. Because these patients also have something together, and that peaceful environment in nature is certainly good for people. I have often thought while shooting this episode, as I was once again on the edge of overstrain: just let me stay there for a week.’

Presented by: Michael Schaap
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