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|34 pages

Mental Health Care in Japan

An Introduction
ByRuth Taplin

chapter 2|21 pages

Mental Health Policy and Services

Where We Stand
ByHiroto Ito

chapter 3|15 pages

Reintegrating the Mentally Ill into Society and Work

Satoru Hashimoto
BySatoru Hashimoto

chapter 5|15 pages

National Federation of Families for the Mentally Ill in Japan

Historical and Future Perspectives
ByHajime Oketani, Hiromi Akiyama

chapter 6|15 pages

an Overview of the User Movement in Britain and Japan

BySandra J. Lawman

chapter 7|29 pages

Attitudes to Mental Illness in Japan and Britain

ByShuntaro Ando, Graham Thornicroft

chapter |1 pages


A personal perspective
BySandra J. Lawman