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Anti-stigma programmes are underway in three sites, Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture), Tokachi (Hokkaido Prefecture), Okayama (Okayama Prefecture).

Programme Highlights

  • At the WPA World Congress in Yokohama in 2002, psychiatrists announced that the Kanji ideogram for "schizophrenia" was being changed to reduce stigma and reflect a more modern concept the illness. This new word has now spread to more than 80% of the country and facilitates IC-based treatment of schizophrenia.
  • The World Congress also provided an opportunity for members of the WPA global anti-stigma group to visit all three of the centres in place in Tokachi, Sendai, and Okayama. In all sites, consumers, family members and psychiatrists exchanged information on a variety of issues involving stigma and discrimination.

Programme Coordinator
Mitsumoto Sato
Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University
1-8-1 Kunimi, Aoba-ku,
Sendai 981-8522
Phone and Fax: 81.22.301.1242
Email: mitsu@tfu-mail.tfu.ac.jp
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