Japan's Disposable Workers

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How is stigma toward depression and mental illness in Japan?

 

“Traditionally, mental illness is regarded as a sign of weakness. In the last 5 to 10 years, being able to go to a therapy, counseling it’s called in Japan, being able to go to a psychiatrist in order to get anti-depressant, medication to cope with anxiety, that never was strong. Progress has made, but there is not much sense that employees need both physical and mental health in order to gain optimal performance for the company. There is an understanding that it is good to have industrial counselor. But it is still hard for employees to be able to go to a counselor and have full confidentiality. They are concerned about full confidentiality and worried about how they are perceived in the company.”
Andrew Grimes
Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist
at Tokyo Counseling Center