Cocoro Supporters are people who have completed a special training program in which they learn basic mental health knowledge and attentive listening skills. They support people with mental disorders and work to create a society in which people with mental disorders can live comfortable lives without prejudice.
We aim to train one million Cocoro Supporters throughout Japan by 2033.
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare is currently promoting measures to build a “community-based comprehensive care system that address mental disorders.”
The system will provide medical care, welfare and nursing care for people with disabilities, housing, social participation (e.g., employment), mutual aid in the community, and public awareness (e.g., education) so that everyone can live their own lives with peace of mind, regardless of the presence or degree of mental disorders. Such a system is necessary to realize a community-based society.
To promote the establishment of a community-based comprehensive care system, it is important to secure the understanding and support of local residents. Therefore, in order to effectively raise the necessary public awareness among local residents, we initiated a program to train Cocoro Supporters.