IBREA-Japan opened in 2007 as an overseas office of IBREA. It held the First Global Mental Health Seminar in 2014 as the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare planned to make the occupational stress test mandatory for workplaces hiring more than 50 employees as the Industrial Safety and Health Act amendment took effect.
Since then, IBREA-Japan has held a series of seminars each year at prestigious universities in Japan, including the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University. IBREA-Japan has presented cases and empirical research on mental health care based on Brain Education to Japanese society through the seminars.
- Theme: “Brain: Keyword for Mental Health of Adults and Children”
- November 8, University of Tokyo
- November 9, Kyoto University
The 1st Global Mental Health Seminar was attended by over 700 participants, including opinion leaders such as municipal councilors, officials from the Education Committee, CEOs, as well as citizens. Its strong turnout testified to the keen attention drawn to mental health issues at the time in Japan.
The seminar was aimed at disseminating best practices of mental health care utilizing physical activities. Professor Seto Noriko of the Nursing and Rehabilitation Department at Konan Women’s University proposed meditation as a therapy to heal trauma. Nakayama Yoshihiro who worked for the Neuropsychiatry Department made a presentation titled “’Report on the Practice of Brain Exercise at Psychiatric Hospitals, with a Somatic Psychology Approach.”