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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 health for jets

Feeling JETlagged?Mental Healthfor jets

Lynsey Wallace

Clinical Support Nurse

Adult Acute Mental Health, UK


What is mental health

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

So why is it so important?

Physical Health

Health Triangle

Mental

Health

Emotional (Social) Health


Facts and figures

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

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

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

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

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

Barriers to treatment

  • LANGUAGE

  • Lack of awareness of symptoms

  • Money

  • Shame

  • Culture

  • “Its all in the mind”


Mental healthcare in japan

Mental healthcare in japan

  • 3 main providers:

  • Psychiatrist

  • Clinical Psychologist

  • Psychosomatic medicine specialists


General protocol

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

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


Feeling jetlagged mental health for jets

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


Thank you for listening

Thank you for listening!

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