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Welcome to MADE-Life

This is Madelief. She passed away in October 2022 at the age of 18 from the consequences of multiple mental illnesses. She was full of life until her mental health became increasingly difficult during the spring of 2020. One of her wishes was that others would be spared this fate.

To make Madelief's wish come true, the MADE-Life Foundation is looking for innovative ways to improve mental health care for children, young adults and all people in the Netherlands. To this end, we organize innovative Challenges in collaboration with students and (former) patients from all over the country. Together we want to realize the necessary important changes in this mental health care: from small tactical improvements and art exhibitions to major changes.



MADE-Life Mission

We are committed to the advancement of mental 

health of children and young adults in the Netherlands and beyond.

We do this by organising 'challenges' that innovate, inspire and inform in every possible way. These challenges act as a flywheel for the much needed changes in the mental health space.



Helping Hands

How will we do this?

Every year we issue a number of Challenges for themes that mental health care is currently struggling with. We challenge participants to come up with innovative and impactful ideas with which we can jointly improve the lives of millions of people with mental disorders.


The Challenges are different every year. All Challenge entries are judged by a professional jury and a jury of (former) patients.

We will ensure these ideas reach the necessary audiences to make a real difference to mental health.



What does MADE-Life do?

Finding new, innovative ways to improve mental health care. These can be very small tactical improvements, but they can also be major system changes. Unfortunately, several million people in the Netherlands suffer from mental disorders, including several hundred thousand children and young people (source: Trimbos/CBS)


MADE-Life has formulated 4 themes and 16 initiatives in the areas of Preventive Surveillance, Timely Detection, Better Treatment and System Optimization. The 'MADE' in MADE-Life stands for 'Mental Advocacy for Disease Elimination' + Life.

Happy Kids

Challenge 2024: “Treatment Room of the Future”

We have now progressing steadily with our first Challenge. Almost 20 design teams have been busy over the past months to come up with fresh, innovative and inspiring designs. The topic is 'Treatment Room of the Future'. Many of these treatment rooms need a makeover that better suits the patient's state of mind. A relatively minor intervention can mean a lot. A detailed much more description can be found under the 'Current Challenges' button in the menu bar. Do you want to know more? Feel free to send us an email.


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