Mika Nitta, MA, a psychology intern at Community Healthlink in Worcester, will give a presentation in Japanese that will address the concerns of Japanese-speaking employees of UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care about the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The presentation will take place on Monday, April 4, at 10:15 a.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. People affected by the tragedy, perhaps through friends or family in Japan, can learn about the impact of disaster and engage in a discussion of issues and concerns. The seminar, which is presented in coordination with the UMass Employee Assistance Program, will provide information and guidance on ways to cope with the distressing news, as well as ways to support family and friends. Participants will also be encouraged to learn from each other and exchange support. Editor’s note: The Medical School’s long distance telephone provider, Paetec, is waiving long-distance charges for calls made to Japan until Monday, April 11. Anyone placing a call to Japan from his or her UMass Medical Schools Ericsson/Aastra desk phone will not be charged for the call. In addition, Verizon Wireless has waived calling and texting charges to Japan through April 10.
Reaching out to a Japan in crisis