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Feeling JETlagged ? Mental Health for jets. Lynsey Wallace Clinical Support Nurse Adult Acute Mental Health, UK. What is mental health?.

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Feeling JETlagged?Mental Healthfor jets

Lynsey Wallace

Clinical Support Nurse

Adult Acute Mental Health, UK


What is mental health?

  • “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

  • - World Health Organization, Sept 2010


So why is it so important?

Physical Health

Health Triangle

Mental

Health

Emotional (Social) Health


Facts and figures

  • The USA, UK and Japan differ vastly in population but ~25% of each population experiences mental illness in one year.

  • The number of people suffering a mental illness worldwide is estimated to be the same as cancer

  • Male vs. female occurrences differ per country

  • Rate of suicide is higher in Japan than any home country of Ibaraki JETs

  • Most common disorder is depression/anxiety

  • >50% of sufferers are actually diagnosed.


Why are we having this presentation?

  • Because it’s January!

  • Stage 2 of culture shock

  • Reappointment procedures

  • Transitioning back to Western culture

  • Cold weather

  • Other factors

  • Work associated stress


So are jets susceptible?

  • Well anyone is…

  • Genetic factors

  • Age – are you in the “first-presentation window”?

  • Previous experience abroad?

  • PRECURSORS

  • Being away from home – not usual support network

  • Unfamiliarity with finding help (physical/mental)

  • Different diet

  • Different culture (affects social health)

  • Also, not to scare you but antipsychotics aren’t prescribed over here…


Continuing mental health

  • Mental Health is very much like physical health – it is static, i.e. it can change over time and in response to different events (such as moving to Japan)!


Typical symptoms (variable)

  • Withdrawal/Isolation

  • Difference in eating

  • Difference in sleeping

  • Prolonged low moods

  • Loss of enjoyment

  • Altered sex drive

  • Mood swings

  • Dip in productivity


Barriers to treatment

  • LANGUAGE

  • Lack of awareness of symptoms

  • Money

  • Shame

  • Culture

  • “Its all in the mind”


Mental healthcare in japan

  • 3 main providers:

  • Psychiatrist

  • Clinical Psychologist

  • Psychosomatic medicine specialists


General protocol

  • Step 1

  • Register at a clinic using JNH card. Survey of health and family history is typical.

  • Step 2

  • 20 minute consultation with a clinical psychologist (required once)

  • Step 3

  • 5-20 minute consultation with psychiatrist. (required each time a prescription is filled).

  • Step 4

  • Obtain prescription from pharmacy


How to keep healthy

  • VENT TALK!

  • Eat healthily

  • Take advantage of your support system

  • If you’re not happy with something, work to solve it

  • Find your outlet

  • Don’t haunt gaijin bars

  • ESID – stop comparisons

  • Remember your purpose of coming here


Also, don’t forget that you have your prefectural advisors!!!


Thank you for listening!

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