Child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, drug addiction, bullying, social withdrawal, autism, school truancy, anorexia/bulimia, deviant behaviors leading to criminal offence and delinquency, senile dementia, family care, mental disorder such as schizophrenia and depression, stress, suicide, adjustment disorder, absenteeism, burnout syndrome among teachers, nurses, public health nurses, and workers - a variety of mental health problems have been frequently occurring in recent years, which calls for urgent solution.
Since support and measures against these problems are lagging behind, highly trained specialists are needed to take initiative in addressing these issues from a perspective of mental health. Against this backdrop, we opened the Master's Program in Mental Health in April 2005, to train competent professionals who can tackle the challenges surrounding mental health more accurately. Mental health education at graduate school is a pioneering move for not only Kyushu but also the whole of Japan.
Response to the mental health problems requires shift of viewpoints: from the model of medical care and science to the model of human development and social life environment, which allows us to take the perspectives of the positive mental health and the total health. We offer two major courses, developmental mental health and social mental health, to focus our teaching on "development" and "society" respectively.