ABSTRACT

Mental health, including widespread depression, a high suicide rate and institutionalisation, is a major problem in Japan. At the same time, the mental health care system in Japan has historically been more restrictive than elsewhere in the world. This book looks at the challenges of mental health care in Japan, including problems such as the institutionalisation of long-term patients in mental hospitals. The book discusses the latest legislation to deal with mental health care, and explores the various ideas and practices concerning rehabilitation into the workforce, the community and service user groups that empower the mentally ill. It goes on to look at the social stigma attached to the mentally ill in Japan and Britain, which touches upon the issue of counselling those with post traumatic stress after the recent earthquake.

chapter 1|35 pages

Mental health care in Japan: an introduction: Ruth Taplin

ByRUTH TAPLIN

chapter 2|21 pages

Mental health policy and services: where we stand: Hiroto Ito

ByHIROTO ITO

chapter 3|16 pages

Reintegrating the mentally ill into society and work: Satoru Hashimoto

BySATORU HASHIMOTO

chapter 6|15 pages

An overview of the user movement in Britain and Japan: Sandra J. Lawman

BySANDRA J . LAWMAN

chapter 7|29 pages

Attitudes to mental illness in Japan and Britain: Shuntaro Ando and Graham Thornicroft

BySHUNTARO ANDO, GRAHAM THORNICROFT