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Spring Verdure Issue (May)

SPECIAL REPORT

Mission

Healthy lifestyle starting from Waseda University

As a university which is responsible for the health of our students, Waseda University is working to promote student health from the integrated perspective of exercise, diet, medicine and emotional care.

This article introduces activities for realizing a Waseda Healthy Campus which will provide information and motivate students to maintain and manage their own health from their time as university students and throughout their life after graduating.

The Health Support Center supports the realization of a Healthy Campus

Introducing the activities of the Health Support Center, an organization which supports the health of students.

Interview

Active support for the physical and emotional health of students

Professor Masashi Hori(Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences)
Director of Health Support Center; psychiatrist

There are 3 stages in the preventive role held by the Health Support Center in order to realize a Healthy Campus. The first preventive role consists of measures for maintaining a healthy mind and body, and avoiding illness. The second preventive role includes early discovery of students suffering from physical or emotional illness, and early treatment. The third preventive role is education and treatment to prevent relapse.

In terms of the second preventive role, we provide necessary emotional counseling and examinations while prioritizing instruction following health checkups. In the third preventive role, we conduct thorough follow-up to such counseling and examinations. However, such measures alone are insufficient. Therefore, from the perspective of the first preventive role, the Health Support Center has established a course entitled "Physical and Emotional Health" at the Open Education Center. We provide knowledge necessary for students to lead a physically and emotionally healthy life. Furthermore, upon request, we also discuss such measures at the orientations of each undergraduate school. Beginning from this academic year, we publish a monthly column entitled "Health Consultation" in the student newsletter Waseda Weekly. Physical and emotional health is extremely important in order to lead a fulfilling student lifestyle. Moreover, after becoming a working professional, it is important to be able to manage personal health. The Health Support Center provides information necessary to achieve such goals.

The Waseda University Health Support Center is a single institution which provides both examinations and student consultation, including psychiatric counseling. It would be unthinkable to divide physical and emotional health, and a mutual partnership is essential from the perspective of providing comprehensive support to students.

The student consultation office is used by approximately 1,200 students every year. Of the 5,000 consultation cases handle very year, 70% consist of emotional troubles. Compared to previous generations, today's youth requires longer to develop and it can be said that university students have a low degree of maturity. In the past, the age of 16 was considered to be the start of adulthood, but it can be argued that that age has increased to 30 or higher in today's society. Therefore, university students still require assistance in a variety of ways. While respecting the privacy of students, I believe that the university must cooperate with families in order to actively support the physical and emotional health of students. Incidentally, in the case of overseas universities, there have been cases in which a lawsuit was brought against universities that failed to contact families even while knowing of a student experiencing a physical or mental problem. In the future, university faculty and staff must help young students to healthily develop both physically and emotionally. This is in addition to providing students with academic knowledge. In other words, we must provide education to students in two distinct ways. The Health Support Center will continue to play a leading role in such education in the future as we promote awareness regarding physical and emotional health.

The Healthy Campus logo was determined through open application.
The logo was created by students from the Graduate School of Creative Science and Engineering.

Onsite voice

I feel fulfilled when I see unstable students taking a positive attitude

I work as a nurse and health advisor in the Emotional Health Consultation Office on the fifth floor of the Health Support Center. My job duties include handling emotional consultation from students, providing appropriate advice and information, judging the severity and urgency of symptoms in order to recommend examinations by a psychiatrist when necessary, conducting follow-up after treatment, and cooperating with faculty, staff and parents/guardians.

It takes lot of courage for students to visit our office for psychiatric consultation. Initially, I focus on commending students for visiting our office and building a trusting relationship. The majority of problems cannot be solved quickly and I value an attitude of ongoing communication and mutual discussion. I also consider the student's life both inside and outside of our university, and strive to provide an individualized response. I feel fulfilled when I see unstable students become able to control their symptoms or causes of stress, leading to a positive outlook towards their studies or search for employment.

Nurse/Health Advisor
Yumi Aoki

Preparing an appropriate environment and obtaining understanding from others is important when dealing with emotional illness or disorders. In that respect, I intend to strengthen cooperation with faculty, staff and parents/guardians in the future. I will also work to spread correct knowledge and information regarding illness and disorders.

Introducing the Health Support Center

The origin of the center can be traced back to 1925, when Waseda preceded other universities by establishing the Student Health Consultation Center. In 1950, the center was restructured into an Examination Center which provided an enhanced system. In 1968, the Emotional Counseling Office of the center was expanded to form the Student Consultation Center. In December 1999 the Examination Center and Emotional Counseling Office were combined to form the Comprehensive Health Education Center. The center provided comprehensive support for student health while cooperating with the Examination Office, Health Management Office and Student Consultation Office.

Psychiatric examinations began in 2000. 2001 marked the full-scale start of health consultation designed to give students comprehensive support for both physical and emotional health. The name of the office was changed to the Health Support Center in 2009, and the center became a fixture as a place where students could receive health consultation at any time. Currently, the center is working to enhance periodic health examinations, to promote mental healthcare, to strengthen cooperative systems within our university, to support activities for promoting health, and to enhance related courses offered at the Open Education Center.

Health Support Center (Building No.25-2) http://www.waseda.jp/kenkou/center/HSC/

Introduction of facilities

Branch offices on each campus

Waseda Campus Branch (Building No. 7)
Established in 2009 in Building No. 7, located in the approximate middle of Waseda Campus. Used mainly by undergraduate students from the School of Political Science and Economics, School of Law, School of Education, School of Commerce, School of Social Sciences and School of International Liberal Studies, as well as graduate school students. Main services include emergency treatment and healthcare consultation.

Toyama Campus Branch (Building No. 33)
Established in 2001 in the Student Union Building. Used mainly by undergraduate students from the School of Culture, Media and Society and the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, as well as graduate students and other students who use the Student Union Building. Many of the students using the branch are women and students from other universities also use the services.

Nishi-Waseda Campus Branch (Building No. 51)
Started during almost the same period as the Examination Office in 1950. Used mainly by undergraduate students from School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering, and School of Advanced Science and Engineering, as well as graduate school students and students from the Art and Architecture School. Students using this branch often conduct experiments and tend to study on the campus for a longer period of time. The branch also conducts special health examinations in accordance with guidelines of the Industrial Safety and Health Act.

Tokorozawa Campus Branch (Building No. 100)
Started in 1987 together with the establishment of the Tokorozawa Campus. Used mainly by undergraduate students from the School of Human Science and the School of Sport Sciences. Cooperates with the Sports Medicine Clinic of the School of Sport Sciences in order to provide support for sports disorder consultation and sports medicine.

Honjo Campus Branch (Building No. 93)
Started in 2003 together with the establishment of the Honjo Campus. Used mainly by students from the Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies and the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering.