Post-Quake Mental Health Risks High in Japan

by Kathy Jones on  June 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
The mental health burden for survivors of the quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters three months ago is very high, Japanese government report on suicide prevention has warned.
 Post-Quake Mental Health Risks High in Japan
Post-Quake Mental Health Risks High in Japan

In the annual white paper on suicide, Tokyo warned that many disaster survivors might experience long-term anxiety although their symptoms may be more moderate than with clinical conditions such as depression.

The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami on March 11 in northern Japan traumatised many people in the region, wrote Yoshiharu Kim, director of adult mental health at the National Institute of Mental Health.

"People tend to feel a sense of guilt after surviving when those who tried to escape the disasters with them died," he wrote in the paper.

"Adding to the shock of having to see damaged bodies (to identify dead family members), concerns have been raised for chronic depressive conditions and complex grief" among survivors, he said.

The natural disasters, which left more 23,000 people dead or missing, triggered the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986 and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to leave their homes.

The government should offer mental health screenings to help affected individuals get referred to specialists, Kim wrote.

Japan, with more than 30,000 suicides a year in a population of 128 million, has long had one of the world's highest suicide rates, behind only a group of former Soviet bloc countries, says the World Health Organization.

Source: AFP

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Muslims do not feed depressed or attempt suicide because they believe in life after death, which totally depends on having faith and believe in Allah [God], his prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the good and bad deeds of his own. Suicide is haram (not allowed) by Allah, so if you or any one you know is feeling depressed or thinking about suicide, please take a look on Islamic teachings (Quran, Hadees) and live a happy and satisfied life in this world and hereafter. Thanks
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