≪Organizer Abstract≫
In this thematic session, specialists from Finland, UK, Hong Kong and Japan will discuss teachers' mental health and seek to find measures to address the problems relevant to teachers' mental health.
Teachers' mental health is one of the most important topics for the Japan Association for School Mental Health since its establishment in 1998. In Japan, mental health problems were reported to account for more than half of teachers' long-term leave in 2002, and since 2006 they have been over 60%, which is significantly higher than most of other professions.
In Europe, the European Health Psychology Society has launched a project in which teachers' mental health in eight countries are compared and analyzed since 2003. Teachers' mental health is an internationally shared concern and comparative analysis and discussion are expected to pave the way to improve the situations in each country.
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