This is even more true for young people who are facing big changes,
such as going on to higher education or finding a job.
What can we do to prepare them for when they stop?
We have conducted comprehensive research on the minds of teens and young adults,
who are more likely to experience difficulties in life,
and are developing a new academic field for this research.
Based on the research outcomes, Minds1020Lab will provide content
in the Metaverse to help them increase their psychological resilience.
We are looking 10 to 20 years into the future, so that we can enjoy life until we are 100 and 120 years old.
Now, we started for the younger generation.
The difficulties young people face in life, as evidenced by the increase in depression and adjustment disorders and the higher suicide rate, is a major social problem. Furthermore, new difficulties in living, such as isolation and loneliness, have become apparent due to the changes in social structure under the influence of COVID-19.
Our recent experience in dealing with children who have withdrawn from school and are not attending school, as well as mental health measures for those who are employed, has revealed that the increasing complexity of the environment surrounding young people has led to a decline in their self-characteristics such as independence, self-esteem, and ability to connect, and has contributed to their difficulties in life. In order to create a society in which young people can achieve a sustainable high level of well-being, it is necessary for them to improve their self-characteristics and acquire a resilient mind (psychological resilience).
In this research project, we are working toward comprehensive research on the psychological challenges faced by young people who are experiencing difficulties in life, as well as the verification of the effectiveness of digital medicine on the Metaverse platform, and the creation and dissemination of a new market.
We contribute to the creation of a society in which young people gain psychological resilience and live robustly in the midst of new connections.
Tomoyuki Miyazaki Professor, Center for Promotion of Research and Industry-Academic Collaboration / School of Medicine
The core members of the project will consist of Yokohama City University members with knowledge and experience in mental health, public health, basic medicine, data science, and clinical support, as well as experts in psychology, music neuroscience, and other fields, and corporate personnel with expertise in industry-academia-government collaboration. We will promote the establishment of a new organization at the university as well as the development of the project center network, with the participation of representatives from local governments (Yokohama City and Kanagawa Prefecture) and companies (IT, healthcare, entertainment, etc.) with experience in business development in the relevant fields.
Minds1020Lab strives to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Tomoyuki MiyazakiChair of ProjectProfessor, Center for Promotion of Research and Industry-Academic Collaboration / School of Medicine
- Atsuya FujimotoVice Chair of ProjectProject Professor, Center for Promotion of Research and Industry-Academic Collaboration
- Kenkichi TakaseVice Chair of Project / Manager of Human Resource DevelopmentVisiting Project Professor, Center for Promotion of Research and Industry-Academic Collaboration
- Michiko AiharaManagement OrganizationPresident of Yokohama City University
- Azusa ArimotoDirector of Research and Development Project 1Professor, Yokohama City University
- Junichi FujitaDirector of Research and Development Project 2Lecturer, Yokohama City University
- Yuichiro YanoDirector of Research and Development Project 3Professor, Shiga University of Medical Science
- Atsushi GotoDirector of Research and Development Project 4Professor, Yokohama City University
- Akitoyo HishimotoDirector of R&D PlanningProfessor, Kobe University
- Yusuke KobayashiDirector of Industry-Academic CollaborationProfessor, Center for Novel and Exploratory Clinical Trials, Yokohama City University Hospital
- Noriko TamakoshiDirector of IP StrategyPatent Attorney, Center for Novel and Exploratory Clinical Trials, Yokohama City University Hospital
- Yutaka TomiokaDirector of R&D InfrastructureProject Lecturer, Center for Promotion of Research and Industry-Academic Collaboration, Yokohama City University
- Motoki AsaiDirector of Intramural CollaborationResearch Associate, Yokohama City University