1st TOPIC: “Why I train grandmothers to treat depression”
1. In most low- and middle-income countries, the ratio of psychiatrists to the rest of the population is something like one for every one and a half million people. What do you think can happen under such circumstances?
* Contrastingly the ratio of psychiatrists or psychologists in Japan is one for every two thousand five hundred people.
2. Would you like to get evidence-based talk therapy from an elderly woman trained under the friendship bench program if you suffered from depression? Why or why not?
3. The results of the clinical trial showed that grandmothers were more effective at treating depression than doctors. Why do you think grandmothers worked so effectively?
4. Do you have any concerns about the expansion of this friendship bench program?
5. According to WHO, a leading cause of death is suicide when you look at the age group between 15 to 29. What can we do to prevent youth suicide?
For your information, in Japan, suicide is the top cause of death among 15-39 years-old (data from 2018).
2nd TOPIC: “9 Happy Habits That Will Change Your Outlook and Your Life”
1. How many of the 9 happy habits do you have? Have you ever felt that getting enough sunlight and hearing nature sounds intervenes in negative thinking?
2. Which of the 9 habits would you like to try? Which habit seems useless in making your mind calm?
3. Other than the above-mentioned 9 habits, what kind of happy habits do you have? How do those habits affect your life?
4. Are there any bad habits you wish to break?
5. Please share your ideas, if any, to make a good habit or kick a bad one.