Countries with Local Action Groups
Anti-stigma programmes are underway in three sites, Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture),
Tokachi (Hokkaido Prefecture), Okayama (Okayama Prefecture).
- 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.
Professor, Tohoku Fukushi University
1-8-1 Kunimi, Aoba-ku,
Phone and Fax: 81.22.301.1242