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[Registration Closed] 76th Breakfast Meeting—”Reflections from Abroad on Issues Facing Japan—Mental Health” (March 6, 2019)

[Registration Closed] 76th Breakfast Meeting—”Reflections from Abroad on Issues Facing Japan—Mental Health” (March 6, 2019)

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In Japan, where long working hours have become the norm, reports are often seen on mental health problems caused by accumulated fatigue. Under the influence of a work-life balance reform initiative aimed at, among other things, reducing long working hours, interest in the mental health of workers is now on the rise. In recent years, many businesses have been partnering with medical professionals, including occupational health physicians and nurses, to implement the “Stress Check System” and “prevent mental health problems” in the workplace.


Japan’s system of psychiatric care, however, now has around 300,000 psychiatric hospital beds, representing the highest per capita ratio of beds worldwide, with prominent characteristics including long hospitalizations, use of seclusion and restraint, and frequent involuntary admissions. At the global level, both the promotion of mental health and well-being as well as the prevention and treatment of alcohol abuse have been included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To add to that, the mental health initiatives of various countries are drawing more attention than ever before. In 2017, for instance, the topic of depression was addressed on World Health Day, a global health awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and celebrated annually on April 7.

For this Breakfast Meeting, HGPI has invited Kanna Sugiura, who has thus far worked in clinical settings as a psychiatrist and occupational health physician in direct contact with patients experiencing mental illness, as well as at international organizations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From her perspective as both a medical professional, familiar with the clinical field, and also as a researcher, she will share her thoughts on the challenges faced by Japan, and she will consider, alongside participants, possible visions for the future of Japan’s field of mental health.

■ Speaker
Kanna Sugiura (Psychiatrist)

■ Date & Time
Wednesday, March 6, 8:00-9:15

■ Venue
EGG JAPAN (10th Floor, Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

■ Participation Fee
・General: 2,500 JPN Yen
・Students (undergraduate only): 1,500 JPN Yen (student ID required)
* Individual Supporting Members: Free

■ Profile
About Ms. Kanna Sugiura
After graduating from Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Kanna Sugiura completed her general residency at Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital and her psychiatric residency at Yokohama City University Hospital. Interested in health systems due to issues such as long-term psychiatric hospitalization as well as the use of seclusion and restraint, she then received a Master of Science in Public Health degree (MScPH) from London University. She has worked in global mental health as a visiting lecturer for the University of Fiji, School of Medicine, as a WHO Intern/Junior Professional Officer (JPO)/consultant, and as a consultant at the Equatorial Guinea National Hospital. After returning to Japan, she became involved in projects such as the implementation of the “Basic Design for Peace and Health initiative,” while working as an administrative official in the Global Health Policy Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kanna Sugiura is currently researching compulsory psychiatric admission and decision-making support (India/Japan) in a doctoral program at the University of Tokyo, while also providing outpatient psychiatric services.


Registration will close at 10:00 a.m., Wendnesday, February 27, 2019. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and informed of the results by Thursday, February 28. Individual supporting members of HGPI will be notified earlier.
After registration has been completed, a confirmation email will be automatically sent. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact HGPI by email at info@hgpi.org or by phone at 03-4243-7156.
In the event that you would like to cancel your registration, please inform us by noon on Friday, March 1, after which HGPI reserves the right to collect a cancellation fee.

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