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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



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?
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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