[Activity to prevent mental diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake].

Tomohiro Uchida, Kazunori Matsumoto, Yoko Takahashi, Rie Koshimichi, Atsushi Sakuma, Masahiro Katsura, Hirotoshi Sato, Ikki Ueda, Hiroo Matsuoka

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Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have been supporting psychiatric hospitals and mental health and welfare centers in Miyagi Prefecture. In October 2011, with a grant from Miyagi Prefecture, the Department of Preventive Psychiatry was established in Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. The institute aims to promote the prevention of and early intervention for mental diseases. As its members, we carry out our duties in collaboration with the Miyagi Disaster Mental Health Care Center. We refer to our activities as the Great East Japan Earthquake Mental Health Support and Research (GEMS) project. The GEMS project includes both practices and research in the affected areas in Miyagi Prefecture. The focus is on supporting those who provide services for survivors long-term, such as municipal employees, nurses, fire fighters, and staff of the social welfare council. We investigated how much the disaster impaired the functioning of psychiatric hospitals and clinics in Miyagi Prefecture. We also conduct mental health surveys in public organizations. Based on the results, we arrange workshops, consultation, or counseling. Moreover, we promote improvement of the mental health skills of mental health professionals, which are essential for mid and long-term support after the disaster. One of them is "Skills for Psychological Recovery". As members of the support organization in the region, we keep working toward the recovery and development of mental health systems in Miyagi Prefecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalSeishin shinkeigaku zasshi = Psychiatria et neurologia Japonica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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