JEROEN VAN DER DRIFT
Associate Member of the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC)
Director: Roelof Bosma
READ MOREEarly in the evening on 31 December 2015, children playing outside saw Linda van Oosterbaan jump from her flat. She died at the scene. Linda had suffered from borderline personality disorder and symptoms of psychosis. She had a history of involuntary commitment in psychiatric facilities. She had been receiving home treatment from GGZ Breburg, a member organisation of the Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care (GGZ Nederland), from the spring of 2015 onward. Linda’s condition took a dramatic turn for the worse in the final weeks of her life. Police and ambulance were called to her home several times each week. She either threatened or attempted to commit suicide on multiple occasions, even running onto the motorway at one point. She frequently told GGZ Breburg that she needed help and wanted to be committed. Her mother and sister repeatedly urged for her to be committed, too. GGZ Breburg refused. The facility decided that it would be better for Linda to take responsibility for her life. GGZ Breburg consciously took a risk in doing so. Sally (5) saw Linda fall and has been having trouble sleeping ever since. School is difficult for the child, too. In 2015, the police reported almost 66,000 incidents involving mentally disturbed individuals. An increase of 65% has been reported since 2011. Zembla investigates: where is the limit of the personal responsibility that the GGZ assigns to patients such as Linda? And who is responsible for the social damage that is caused when the GGZ does not want to admit a psychiatric patient?