PTSD training seminars

We are presently working towards creating a Project Team to help provide on a long-term basis, the heart care that is greatly needed. If you are interested in working together with us on this, please do contact us. Here is some information taken from the reports and the descriptions of volunteer workers who were there on the scene of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, as well as Tsunami Disaster Relief workers abroad.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. …He hath made every thing beautiful in His time: also he hath set the world in their heart.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11a

We try to treat PTSD victims positively, gently, sincerely, politely, and with patience.

The gigantic tsunami caused catastrophic damage on the coast of eastern Japan. For many people, the myth of the safety of nuclear power plants using modern technologies was destroyed together with the greatest earthquake on record. It was a disaster that happens only once in a 1000 years. The nightmare and the threat still continue even now.

How can we deal with a national crisis such as this?

Does it mean we’ll just endure and tolerate under the conditions, such as a devastated economy, fuel shortages, damage of agriculture and fisheries industry, destroyed houses and towns, and a nuclear power plant crises? Or will we take this as a new opportunity to reform our country dramatically?

We hold that procedures that are necessary in dealing with the disaster-affected area must include “overall emotional and moral support,” and not only the material recovery of rebuilding the economy and the infrastructure but also recovery of the body and soul, the spirit, and the heart and the mind.

The healing of the body, the spirit, the mind, and the soul is an indispensable necessity for a long-term recovery. We, the relief workers and supporters should always understand that the disaster victims have been traumatized and are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Our hope and desire is not only for a limited number of individuals help with the rescue operation, but that the entire nation of Japan will participate in this relief work in some way.

Representative Yoko Ishikawa of Help Japan at NPO Shalom in Fukushima City

Representative Yoko Ishikawa of Help Japan at NPO Shalom in Fukushima City

Representative Yoko Ishikawa of Help Japan at NPO Shalom in Fukushima City

Representative Yoko Ishikawa of Help Japan at NPO Shalom in Fukushima City

free PTSD Seminar

On May 20th and 21st a free PTSD Seminar was conducted at the Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo. Help Japan conducts such seminars once a month.

Josh shares the need of  treating people afflicted with PTSD

Josh shares the need of treating people afflicted with PTSD.

The seminar presents the need for heart care.

The seminar presents the need for heart care. Everyone listened intently and considered how they could apply the counsel given.

The need for comfort and heart care

  • There is a need for long-term aid and comfort. What do those who have overcome the emergency situation have to depend on to keep on living and going on? The feeling that “someone cares about us”, and “we are not forgotten.” –this is what brings unspeakable comfort to the many who are in evacuation centers or temporary housing.
  • For the first few months, the disaster victims are desperate to secure their lifeline (food, water, gas, etc..) but next, as they are forced to look at the reality they are placed in, their uncertainties about the future only further escalate. Though they may live through the earthquake and tsunami, the existing situation is that many of them can soon lose hope and thus the will to live.
  • ”One woman who lost her child in one quick moment, would not let go of another’s child who was about the same age, and kept on insisting that it was her child. It took me a long while to persuade her and comfort her.”
  • One man who lost his family in the tsunami went into a state of shock, and was found wandering around like a reckless patient. He needs mental nursing and care.
  • Beyond providing material aid, there is a need for relief work to also include heart care for the disaster victims through counseling and consolation.
  • The need is for activities that will carry the light of hope to parents who have lost children, children who have lost their parents, and many others in varying circumstances.
  • We must set up a Heart Clinic (Heart care) to bring in those who need psychological help, we must listen to their stories, counsel them, comfort, and pray for them.
  • What’s needed very most for those who have lost their fortune, jobs and parents in a blink of an eye, is this “support for the heart.” (Taken a report given a few months after the disaster)

A report during a supply distribution a few weeks after the disaster

There have been similar reports from volunteers involved in relief work during the Great Hanshin Earthquake, the Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake in Niigata Prefecture, the Tsunami’s in Sumatra and Sri Lanka.

Supplies are being received from all over the world almost daily. However, many of the aid supplies have been stopped at airports, and there is a lack of food in the evacuation centers. The supplies are not reaching the real disaster victims, as the government agencies are not able to keep up with everything. The reality is that the volunteer groups are often able to respond with greater agility than the government.