Activities in the model areas

Introduction of the research and practice sites.

Adachi City site.

“Face to face in a crowded city” model.

A one-stop consultation and support service specially targeted at young people, “SODA,” has been established in Kita-senju, a central area in Adachi City, Tokyo. This service model is a trial taking into consideration the regional characteristics of the area of being overcrowded, to establish face-to-face interpersonal relations in a crowded suburb of Tokyo.

Akita Prefecture site.

“ICT in a local under-populated area” model.

Akita prefecture is one of the most typical areas that is very large, but under-populated, a so-called “kaso area” in Japan. We are developing a system to connect the mental health center and public health center for promoting interactive conferences and enabling remote consultation using an ICT.

Tokorozawa City site.

“Outreach in a suburb city” model.

Tokorozawa is a typical bedroom-town city of Tokyo, characterized by a moderate population and size. A psychiatric outreach system has already been established in this compact city and specialized staff for early intervention is expected to be added. Cooperation with various services in the area and development of an integrated system are expected.

Keihin Area site.

“Wide medical catchment area with a multicultural background of the population.”

Keihin area includes southern Tokyo, Kawasaki, and eastern Yokohama, and their regions are connected tightly to one another. People often seek medical help across the administration zones in Keihin area. We propose to investigate the feasibility of providing mental health and early intervention services in the area. Furthermore, mental health issues and a need for regional services among the residents, including foreigners, whose percentage in the population is about 2%, need to be addressed.