National Institute of Mental Health National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry

National Institute of Mental Health National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
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Overview

An overview

National Institute of Mental Health was established in 1952 to improve mental health of general population through comprehensive and integrative research in psychiatry, psychology, sociology, social welfare and community health service, as well as the education of mental health professionals. In October 1986, it was merged into National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry so as to make more effective contribution to the public mental health.
 We currently have a broad range of research fields from biology, to clinical medicine and to administrative science for promoting effective policy making in national mental health care. Our institute is composed of 9 departments and 2 centers, which are National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health and Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures(JSSC). Our duty on education of mental health professionals has been continued and intensified to propagate appropriate and the latest information of each field.

Greeting

Greetings from the Director General:

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Welcome to the homepage of the National Institute of Mental Health. The National Institute of Mental Health, which originates from the Institute of Mental Health, was established in 1952 to conduct comprehensive research on various mental hygiene issues as set forth in the Mental Hygiene Act (1950), as well as to provide general training in mental hygiene with the aim of improving the disposition of citizens. By 1986, the Institute of Mental Health had integrated with Musashi National Sanatorium and its Center for Psychiatry to form the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, and the Institute became the National Institute of Mental Health, NCNP. Our goal is to contribute to the improvement and promotion of public health, and we work toward the betterment of mental health in accordance with the government’s health policy by conducting mental health research, surveys, and training as one of the research divisions of the National Center.

Currently, the NCNP comprises 2 centers (Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures and the National Information Center for Disaster Mental Health), 11 research divisions, and 35 research sections. It also serves as a designated center for information dissemination related to eating disorders (Center for Eating Disorder Research). While the research divisions go through transitions quite flexibly according to the needs of the age, their mission to “improve mental health” has always remained steadfast. For this reason, their work can be divided largely into the following two aspects: 1) conducting surveys and research to contribute to the improvement of mental health, and 2) providing and implementing recommendations for health policy in order to apply the results of their endeavors. Regardless of how excellent a particular survey or research study is, their significance is lost if the results are not shared for the common good. Societal implementation, which ties research with social living, is an important mission of ours. Thus, in addition to conducting training to disseminate accurate information to citizens and reducing disparities, our research divisions also investigate the form of regional healthcare systems needed to improve mental health throughout the country. We closely collaborate with local governments and various stakeholders such as health-related organizations to effect these improvements. When considering our country’s mental health state, it is useful to implement the positive aspects of similar measures from overseas, while being mindful to maintain our country’s characteristics. Conversely, there is a need to contribute to global mental health by proactively disseminating Japan’s successes. To this end, we are also committed to revitalizing international exchanges.

Japan has long been referred to as a “stress society.” We recognize the importance of preventing mental disorders before onset, and consider it necessary to become involved in stress management in various social environments, such as work and school environments. We are also committed to addressing various issues with a public health perspective, without placing sole focus on mental disorders. Rather than unilaterally disseminating information, we hope to receive thoughts from many of you, and continue to contribute to the improvement of mental health.

1st April, 2017
Director General Kazuyuki NAKAGOME

Departments

Director General

Kazuyuki NAKAGOME

Dept.
Department of Mental Health Policy
Department of Drug
Dependence Research
Department of Behavioral Medicine
Department of Preventive Intervention for Psychiatric Disorders
Department of Neuropsychopharmacology
Department of Pathology of Mental Diseases
Department of Sleep-Wake Disorders
Department of Developmental Disorders
Department of Community Mental Health and Law
Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures(JSSC)
National Information Center of Stress and Disaster Mental Health

Department of Neuropsychopharmacology

Department of Neuropsychopharmacology

The Department of Neuropsychopharmacology carries out research into problems concerning the various mental disorders in the rapidly aging society of Japan. Especially, depression, adjustment disorders and suicide are focused in the department. Research programs of the department conduct clinical, psychopharmacological, physiological, psychological, epidemiological studies in the prevention of these problems. The department also endeavors to develop evidence-based diagnosis, clinical guidelines, and therapeutic medical/social interventions.

Staff

Position

Name
Director

Mitsuhiko YAMADA

Section Chief Hideki MIWA
Section Chief Hiroki FURUIE

Contact

Department of Neuropsychopharmacology,
National Institute of Mental Health,
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Address:
4-1-1 Ogawahigashi, Kodaira,
Tokyo 187-8553, Japan
TEL: +81-42-341-2711
FAX: +81-42-346-1994
dhp06@ncnp.go.jp

Department of Drug Dependence Research

Department of Drug Dependence Research

 The activities of the department mainly consist of research, training, and social/community activities. Research activities consist of 1) epidemiological studies aimed to understand the drug abuse/dependence situation in Japan, 2) clinical studies on methamphetamine-related mental disorders and solvent-related mental disorders, and 3) biological and behavioral pharmacological studies on drug dependence. The department holds training seminars on drug dependence for clinical doctors, nurses and comedical staffs. The social/community activities cover a wide range of activities including collaboration with the United Nations and WHO as well as various governmental departments and self-governing bodies, support to the development and preparation of drug education materials, and the advises for research activities.

Staff

Position

Name

Director Toshihiko MATSUMOTO
Section Chief Masahiko FUNADA
Section Chief

Takuya SHIMANE

Section Chief Ayumi KONDO

Contact

Department of Drug Dependence Research,
National Institute of Mental Health,
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Address:
4-1-1 Ogawahigashi, Kodaira,
Tokyo 187-8553, Japan
TEL: +81-42-346-1954
FAX: +81-42-346-1954
dhp02@ncnp.go.jp

Department of Developmental Disorders

Department of Developmental Disorders

Targets of the research in the Department of Developmental Disorders are to investigate etiology diagnosis, treatment and care of mental retardation, autistic disorder, learning disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other neurological diseases affecting cognitive functions in developing brain and mind. Studies on higher cortical function in children with developmental disorders and development of rehabilitation program on autistics and learning disorders proceed. Neurobehavioral function in mutant model animals has also been analyzed with success. Other research activities include an assessment of the cognitive function in childhood adrenoleukodystrophy and patients with focal brain lesions. Extensive survey on functional regression and social participation in persons with mental retardation is also progressed.

Department of Developmental Disorders

Staff

Position

Name

Director Masumi INAGAKI
Section Chief Yoshimi KAGA
Section Chief Yousuke KITA

Contact

Department of Developmental Disorders,
National Institute of Mental Health,
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Address:
4-1-1 Ogawahigashi, Kodaira,
Tokyo 187-8553, Japan
dhp09@ncnp.go.jp

Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures(JSSC)

Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures

Japan suffers from a high suicide rate and there is an urgent need to draw up countermeasures and implement them widely. With such national background, this Center was created and the Suicide Prevention Law was enacted in June 2006. Our mission is to prevent suicide and provide support for the survivors, thus helping to create a stable society where people can lead healthy, meaningful lives. The Center consists of three sections: i) Suicide Epidemiology, which engages in epidemiological research on suicide and suicide-related behavior; ii) Suicide Prevention Support, which plans training programs and conducts surveys and research on care for survivors and relatives, etc.; and iii) Medical Research on Suicide, which researches psychiatric disorders influencing suicide.

Staffs

Position Name
Director Yutaka MOTOHASHI
Section Chief Yoshihiro KANEKO
Section Chief Koji FUJITA
Research Fellow Manami OCHI
Research Fellow Kazu MORIGUCHI

Contact

Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures(JSSC),
National Institute of Mental Health,
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Address:
4-1-1 Ogawahigashi, Kodaira,
Tokyo 187-8553, Japan

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