The future we draw


Like physical illnesses, mental illnesses progress and become more serious without knowledge and awareness. The more psychiatric sparsely populated areas are, the more important it is to prevent becoming a state that requires specialist assistance as soon as possible (a psychiatric emergency case). “Preventive power that has knowledge of health and can respond” is necessary. The goal of this activity is “realization of a community that minimizes psychiatric emergency cases”. As a community that will support the future, we aim to send out a “leading model” from Otsuchi.

The future drawn by Kokorogake

Psychological activities that started as a project of the Japanese Psychiatric Emergency Society include Stage I (disaster area visits, information gathering, non-regular outreach as a voluntary organization), Stage II (preventive awareness activities as a non-profit organization, regular After completing multi-professional outreach, support for supporters, and collaboration with other support organizations, we entered Stage III from 2015 in 4.
In Stage III, we plan to promote to a certified NPO, improve mental health literacy through continuous education, develop local resources, and collaborate with local medical resources. In addition, it is hoped that the members of the spirit who have gained multi-disciplinary outreach experience locally for more than four years since the start of the activity will be active as “disaster mental health specialists” in the future. We are aiming to contribute to the development of disaster psychiatry from an international perspective, taking advantage of the lessons learned.
In the next few years, rapid aging, relocation from temporary housing to reconstructed housing, drastic change in living environment due to construction of huge seawall, manifestation of PTSD cases, ultra-high-speed communication infrastructure, development of new ICT utilization methods Demand for supply and demand for mental health care is expected to change significantly due to legal development of telemedicine.
At Stage IV, which will be around that time, we will challenge the challenges of securing diverse human resources and stable organizational management to respond to the changes. We want to share with the community the idea of ​​providing better and more efficient services because it is a psychiatric depopulated area, and we are aiming to achieve a community that minimizes psychiatric emergency cases I want to contribute.

Future leading activities

◆ Regional / workplace support activities

We will continue to provide long-term support in regions and occupations. However, instead of relying solely on the current “delivery-type” multi-professional outreach, we held workshops with the intention of gradually shifting the support personnel to local supporters and utilized ICT. Strengthen support system.

◆ Development of local resident resources

Internships residing in Iwate Prefecture are selected mainly from students who are currently attending the workshop. Taking advantage of each characteristic, we will start supporting activities at salons and occupational workshops, and in the future we will foster human resources who will play a central role in supporting mental health in the affected areas.

◆ Remote support model using ICT

We will promote further use of ICT as a tool for more effective and effective remote support for psychiatric depopulated areas. We will improve the interactive communication skills of support members and interns, and propose methods that make it easy to share information between supporters and local residents in remote areas.

◆ Strengthening collaboration with domestic and foreign organizations


"Karakoro Station (General Incorporated Association Earthquake Kokoro Care Network Miyagi)" held four times so far, "Nagomi" in Fukushima Prefecture (a new psychiatric medical health and welfare system for Soso, a specified non-profit organization) We will continue to hold the "Koko, Kara, Nagomi" symposium in collaboration with "Tsukurukai)" to promote discussions across prefectural borders and strengthen efforts to address common issues.In addition, we will develop cooperative relationships with the Japan Society of the United States and the Japanese Medical Society of America, and increase opportunities for international dissemination that have been expanded by the adoption of the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Public Forum.