Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey
Provision of support to those in need
The role that the Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey has fulfilled
Significance of the Survey
- The percentage of high-risk children based on parents' assessment of their emotions and behavior (SDQ score) has improved to a level approaching previous studies in FY2019 and thereafter.
- As for the general mental health status (K6) of adults (ages 16 and older), the proportion of those with high-risk scores improved significantly in the first three years, decreasing to about half of that in the first year. After that, the recovery slowed down and the proportion is hovering at a higher level than that of general population in Japan.
- There is a trend of gradual improvement in lifestyle habits such as exercise, smoking, and problem drinking compared to the first year of the survey.
Significance of support
- We have continued to provide various types of support based on the results of the questionnaire; in particular, we have provided support by telephone to a total of more than 40,000 people through approximately 3,000 telephone calls per year.
- As a result of an interview survey conducted in FY2016, we found that the level of satisfaction with support by telephone was high. A nuclear power plant accident may result in evacuation of many residents to distant places, and it is difficult to provide direct support and intervention such as outreach services, so this support by telephone is considered to have had a certain degree of usefulness.
- However, depending on the condition of the residents, it may be difficult to provide support only by telephone, and it may be necessary to seek the cooperation of external support organizations. In order for the support by telephone to function smoothly, it is essential to collaborate with municipalities and other related organizations on a regular basis; we have actually been building such a network.
Outline of the Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey
Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi NPS, many people in Fukushima Prefecture feel anxious and stressed by the experience and evacuation. The Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey was launched with the aim of comprehending the physical and mental health and lifestyle of the residents, so we can provide each of them with individualized medical care, health care, and welfare services.
- Those who were registered as residents in the covered area* from March 11, 2011 to April 1, 2012 (even after moving out of the area)
- Those who are registered as residents in the officially designated evacuation zone as of April 1 of each year of the CHC
- Other than those above, as necessary, based on Basic Survey results.
* Covered area: 13 municipalities designated by the national government as evacuation zones in 2011
Hirono Town, Naraha Town, Tomioka Town, Kawauchi Village, Okuma Town, Futaba Town, Namie Town, Katsurao Village, Iitate Village, Minamisoma City, Tamura City, Kawamata Town, and parts of Date City (specific spots recommended for evacuation)
Method and main items in the questionnaires for FY2022 Survey
Questionnaire content varies depending on the age group, and in principle, for children up to junior high school age, he questionnaire is to be completed by parents/guardians living with them.
|Age group||Respondent||Main items|
|Ages 0-3||Parents/guardians of the child covered by the survey||Health condition, height, weight, exercise habits, parent's confidence in child rearing, concerns about children's development and behavior, availability of consultation resources, COVID-19, free comments, etc.|
|Ages 4-6||Parents/guardians of the child covered by the survey||Health condition, height, weight, exercise habits, SDQ, developmental and/or mental health problems, availability of consultation resources, COVID-19, free comments, etc.|
|Elementary school students||Parents/guardians of the child covered by the survey||Health condition, height, weight, exercise habits, SDQ, developmental and/or mental health problems, availability of consultation resources, COVID-19, free comments, etc.|
|Junior high school students||Parents/guardians of the child covered by the survey/the child||Health condition, height, weight, exercise habits, SDQ, developmental and/or mental health problems, availability of consultation resources, COVID-19, free comments, etc.|
|Adults||Persons to whom the survey was addressed||Subjective health condition, height, weight, medical history (hypertension, diabetes, mental illness.), health check record, sleep habits, exercise habits, living conditions (current housing, employment status), smoking, alcohol consumption, K6 score, COVID-19 related issues, health effects of radiation, and availability of consultation resources, free comments, etc.|