Mary Atkinson, UK representative of Cocoro Charity. | Mary Atkinson

Cocoro Charity

Welcome to the UK page of Cocoro charity, updated by Mary Atkinson, Cocoro UK representative.

Japanese speakers can also find regular updates and photographs on the Japanese Cocoro blog.

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The aim of Cocoro (the Japanese word for mind) is to offer on-going mental health care and support to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan by providing aromatherapy and massage treatments. The founder is Takiko Ando, a Japanese citizen and qualified aromatherapist. Five years after the disaster, the charity is still providing comfort and relaxation for the local people, especially the elderly people who feel lonely and isolated.

Just to remind you of the tragedy. At 14.46pm on March 11th 2011, a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the north east coast of Japan. The tsunami swept inland as far as six miles in some places. 14,728 people were killed with 10,808 people missing. (For more information and photographs please click here)

The psychological impact of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 will continue for many years.   Conditioned by their culture not to burden others with their suffering, children and adults experience recurring nightmares, depression and high anxiety levels. (For more information please click here). Four years after the disaster, the local people are still trying to come to terms with their loss.

The Cocoro team have found that the therapeutic power of aromatherapy and the comfort of touch can bring positive healing to the victims of the tsunami. (For more information on benefits please click here)

The work of the charity is still on-going especially for elderly survivors who feel isolated and lack the sense of community that existed before the tsunami. Since 2014, much of the therapy work has been undertaken by members of Cocoro Ria – a group of local people who are trained in basic aromatherapy massage skills to share with others. You can find out more about the Cocoro Ria here.

Below are selection of photos. For all the posts on the work of Cocoro charity please visit the Cocoro category on the blog.

 

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