🍵Japan’s view on mental health🍵

I will write a few posts on this as it is important and I dont think one blog post is enough to explain the views and efforts made into suicide prevention and mental health.

As the suicide rates are getting higher than before in Japan, a lot of emphasis as been put into suicide prevention and educating as many people as possible on mental health. In elementary school, the children are too young but from Junior High school and onwards, most schools have at least one or more school counsellors. There is a lesson called 保健 (Hoken) with teaches children about how to have a healthy lifestyle, how to maintain it and how to manage things like stress and relationships. At the beginning of Junior High, we were all given a card with the number for the help hotline (not the suicide one but this one is just so that you can call and have a chat and hopefully come out feeling a lot better).

But, unfortunately suicide, depression and mental health is still somewhat in the shadows. It is something that is rarely talked about at home. Not many Japanese homes talk about it despite being aware of it. Recently more emphasis has been put on parents discussing these topics with their children through media and schools. The government has started to fund more and more organisations that aid in awareness and educating people on the topic.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “🍵Japan’s view on mental health🍵

  1. From my perspective I think Japan needs a work/life balance , couple years back I was working 80+ hours a week at a company and I almost experienced burn out after a year of working with them.
    After that experience I realize that more work hours does not equal more work done.
    Maximizing work efficiency and how much you can accomplish within the day
    Begins with taking care of yourself having 8 hours of sleep a healthy diet, and some exercise in your life, equates to feeling more focus and refreshed when we are working.

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    1. I agree completely, there have been recent attempts to allow employees to have more days off or leave work early, but as Japanese people are so determined, they do not really take those breaks, which is unfortunate. More attention has been focused on this issue so we can only hope that the situation gets better.

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