Piet Jansen is director of international relations at Yes We Can Youth Clinics, a specialised treatment centre for 13 to 25-year-olds suffering from mental health issues, addictions and behavioural problems. It’s a job that means he rarely stands still. He has covered four continents already this year, and is gearing up for a tour of Moscow, Monaco, New York, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai to launch a new initiative. ‘We have young people from over 20 nationalities at our international clinic,’ says Jansen. ‘We are committed to getting the word out there about our life-changing programme and want to help as many young people as possible around the world.’
A ‘true internationalist’, Jansen has a reputation for his insight, astute judgement and an eye for locating excellent partners and professional associates. With a background in international affairs, he has lived in Salamanca, London and Bordeaux, having previously built businesses in the travel, education and psychometric testing industries.
The firm’s UHNW clients tend to be families with sons or daughters suffering from an ‘endless list’ of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, substance abuse, motivational problems, gaming addiction, self-harm, eating disorders, behavioural consequences of ADHD, autism or oppositional defiance. ‘Often, in a time of crisis, these young people and their parents, guardians or schools just don’t know where to turn,’ he adds. ‘We’re planning on changing that with our international network and outreach.’
Comprising a ‘global professional network’, Yes We Can draws together mental health practitioners, educators, private schools and support services for the purposes of follow-up care and referrals. Its 10-week treatment programme consists of daily group sessions, one-on-one sessions, psycho-education, various evidence-based therapies and outdoor activities that contribute to the treatment programme’s goals.
‘Once the young person leaves our 10-week residential programme in the Netherlands, we are committed to providing them with the highest standard of after-care, wherever they are around the world, so we are always on the lookout for trusted partners,’ says Jansen. ‘Our passion is to create a world-leading environment where every young person can feel safe and be given a reason to change. Young people getting their lives back on track motivates me to carry this message around the world. Seeing hope and joy return in the lives of others is my raison d’être. There is nothing more powerful than seeing these apparently broken flowers reach for the sun and stand straight in all their beauty.’