10 Jun '11, 12pm

#Japan warns of post-quake mental health risks

#Japan warns of post-quake mental health risks

A house washed away by the March 11 tsunami sits amid the ruin in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - A JAPANESE government report on suicide prevention warned on Friday of the mental health burden for survivors of the quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters three months ago. In the annual white paper on suicide, Tokyo warned that many disaster survivors might experience long-term anxiety although their symptoms may be more moderate than with clinical conditions such as depression. The 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami on March 11 in northern Japan traumatised many people in the region, wrote Yoshiharu Kim, director of adult mental health at the National Institute of Mental Health. 'People tend to feel a sense of guilt after surviving when those who tried to escape the disasters with them died,' he wrote in the pape...

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