The sources said – according to Japan’s Kyodo News – that an online survey covering 10,000 people is expected to show whether the Japanese government’s requests to avoid unnecessary trips and voluntarily close companies have led to increased depression and other forms of psychological stress.
It is expected that the local hospital and mental health care centers throughout the country will use the results of the survey to treat future cases of mental illness, amid signs of the return of coronavirus infection.
The outbreak, which was first detected in China late last year before spreading worldwide, is causing respiratory disease and has had a long-term impact on the mental health of people around the world.
And the United Nations said last May that 45% of people surveyed in the United States were feeling the annoyance, and urged the international community to do more to protect the most vulnerable people during and after the epidemic.
The Japanese sources added that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Welfare in Japan intends to ask the people who will participate in the survey to report their mental state and how they dealt with any pressure in the past April and May, during the period during which the Japanese government declared a state of emergency, among other questions.
In the same vein, the Japanese Ministry of Health said that during these two months, mental health and welfare centers run by local governments have seen a significant increase in mental health counseling related to the Coronavirus, especially among those between the ages of the 1940s and the 1950s.
Some said they were unable to sleep well or felt crazy because of anxiety, or that they were in stress because they had refrained from going out.
The Ministry of Health team tasked with tracking groups of infection also received reports of suicide attempts.
Psychiatrist Yasuto Koni, an assistant professor at Tohoku University who was a member of the ministry’s team, noted that the pandemic of the Corona virus has led to an increase in the number of mentally ill patients, as it has exacerbated cases of those with mental problems who have survived until then.
“There might be a lot of harm among those who did not seek medical advice,” Kony said.