Foundation The Quill

The Quill St. Eustatius


After our successful collaboration with the Trimbos Institute in The Netherlands in 2007-2008, Foundation The Quill is again preparing a joint project to gather more data on the mental health of the residents in the Dutch Caribbean. One project aims to gather information on youth and one on the adult population.

The project proposal is availabe on the Dutch version of this webpage. Also available on that page is an overview of data collection research 2010-2017 in the Dutch Caribbean. Both documents are in Dutch.

September 2017 - January 2018

Foundation The Quill has launched a campaign to help the organizations for mental health care in St. Maarten after the disastrous and devastating effects of hurricane Irma. The organizations are: Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Turning Point Foundation for Rehabilitation. The two mentioned institutions also provide acute services and long-term clinical treatments to the people of Saba and St. Eustatius.
Read more on our special action site / campaign site Help Mental Health Care St. Maarten Recover and Rebuild.

July 6, 2017

Farewell & Legacy Symposium Kenneth Cuvalay: symposium held on St. Eustatius on the occasion of the farewell of Kenneth Cuvalay of Mental Health Caribbean.

PROGRAM SYMPOSIUM 6 JULY 2017 in Honor of Mr Kenneth Cuvalay and his Legacy.pdf

The leading newspaper for St. Maarten, The Daily Herald, published this article on the symposium: Symposium Calls for Improvement of Mental Health Care Services


From 2009 to July 2017, Mr. Kenneth Cuvalay, president of the Foundation The Quill, worked on St. Eustatius and Saba. At the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) in The Hague, the Netherlands, he was one of the primary founders who helped build the psychiatry and addiction care on St. Eustatius and Saba. This enabled Foundation The Quill to achieve its goals far-reaching, though not directly through the foundation itself. A publication has been published about and over the mentioned period. In this publication you will find an overview of the most important developments: Foundation The Quill activiteiten 2004 - 2017 (versie20170925).pdf (in Dutch).


To map the situation on drugs and other substance use on St. Eustatius and the other Windward islands, Foundation The Quill, together with Trimbos Institute (the National Institute of Mental Health and Addiction in the Netherlands) and CVO Utrecht (Center for Addiction Research) conducted a research commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). The research was conducted between October 2007 and March 2008. The Rapid Assessment and Response methodology (RAR) was used for the research. This is a practical research method developed by the Trimbos Institute, which makes it possible to map data on drugs use and other substance use in a relatively short period. Another feature of the RAR method is that local professionals are trained to apply this method and are also involved in the interventions.

The purpose of the research was to contribute to the development of an adequate range of prevention and care for young people with psycho-social problems on the islands of St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saba.

Download the report (in Dutch)