We need to talk about mental health.
Considering that Japan is a country with a high suicide rate, it’s a shame that mental health care remains relatively inaccessible to this day, with scant information about counselling, as well as the fact that the national health insurance does not cover it.
For foreigners living in Japan, mental health care is even more challenging as choices are limited and practices are sometimes left unchecked. This video is about a terrible experience I had with an American counselor in Tokyo. It still baffles me how this person is allowed to practice to this day, given that his behavior is offensive and questionably legal.
What I have said here only scratches the surface. If you google well enough, you will find several accounts of how this so-called counsellor stalked, scammed, and scarred us all.
You have been warned.
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