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Introduction to mental health management
~Learning "mind preparation"~

Akinori Miyata
3rd year student at the School of Education

10th lecture instructor, Professor Shinobu Nomura (Faculty of Human Sciences)

"Stress." It is not an overstatement to assert that it is the biggest problem for people living in modern society regardless of whether they are young or old, male or female. Stress is known to have an enormous influence on various problems such as depression, murder and crimes, but it can be said to have become noticeable in recent years which has seen economic downturn and a divided society. Then, to us university students, stress is an extremely important issue. Many causes of stress for university students exist such as human relationships in circles and seminars, and job-hunting activities. And the number of students struggling with stress has been increasing of late.

Introduction to Mental Health Management, which takes place in the second semester at Waseda Campus as an open subject, is a course where you examine the effects stress has on the mind and body, and study methods to deal with them. The course takes on omnibus format, and headed by coordinator Professor Masashi Hori of the Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences, we are taught by a team of professors that should be called "stress professionals" ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy professionals to psychiatric department doctors who are active on the frontline.

This course deals with the seemingly difficult studies of pathology and psychiatry, but each teacher explains them in a very easy to understand manner and you never get tired of listening to them. Also in this lesson, we are taught exercises for relieving stress and health checks, things that can be immediately useful in our real lives. I always feel that those exercises are the reason behind deepening my interest in this course.

I believe that stress will continue to influence our lives and society as a whole in the future. The experiences gained from this course will provide huge sustenance for life in modern society. I think that everyone should take this course once before stepping out into the working world.

Lesson in Building No. 14, Room B101