Suicide Prevention Education for Returnees to the Areas Where Evacuation Orders due to the Nuclear Power Station Accident were Lifted
N. Takahashi (Fukushima JP)
Due to the nuclear power station accident accompanying the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011, the evacuation orders were issued to the coastal areas in Fukushima Prefecture. In some areas, the orders were lifted and the residents are returning to their home. The returnees have to face the difference between the pre-accident and post-accident situations in their hometowns again, in addition to their loss experiences resulting from the earthquake. Moreover, because the re-construction of infrastructures such as schools and the transportation networks in those areas is still on the way, the returnees are apt to feel anxious about their future. In this study, the details and the challenges of the suicide prevention education for the returnees in the difficult situations were examined. It was suggested that it is important to accept their psychological trauma caused by the earthquake, and to construct the framework in which the returnees can talk whatever they want to talk while they do not have to listen to whatever they do not want to listen.