Based on an article published by "Yoko Wakatsuki and James Griffiths" on CNN in Nov 2018 titled, "Japan's youth suicide rate highest in 30 years," more Japanese children and teenagers killed themselves between 2016 and 2017 than in any year since 1986, according to a new government report. The latest survey shows 250 elementary and high school age children took their own lives in that year for a variety of reasons including bullying, family issues and stress, the country's Ministry of Education said Monday, according to local media. Those figures were 5 up on the previous year, and the highest since 1986, when 268 pupils died.
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Our viewpoint on these events is that, while the cause is unclear and difficult to always put in one bucket, the least we can do is to offer a platform to listen, counsel and a helping hand on which people can connect and express.
This is what ogranization like TELL are helping with. TELL, with a 46-year history in the international and Japanese community in Japan, operates a telephone Lifeline, as well as confidential mental health support and counseling services. TELL Lifeline received approximately 9,000 calls/chat last year from all over Japan, of which roughly 40 percent from Japan-resident foreigners.
TELL Tokyo Tower Climb event is organized to help remove the stigma around mental health. The funds raised will be donated to Certified NPO TELL, the host organization of the event.
Fund usage: The funds will be used to enable TELL to pick up calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and extend their hours of crisis chat support. Your fundraising support will be used to help train phone counsellors, launch and grow their online chat service and expand the volunteer base and support services to people all over Japan.
Our Team "Life is beautiful" aims to be a Citi messanger group and raise this fund to help make Japan's next generation find a healthy future ahead.