This is a fund raiser for TELL Japan, a non-profit organization providing mental health support in English to Japan's international community with a phone and online-chat crisis helpline.
WHAT COULD OUR DONATIONS DO?
All our donations go to TELL, Japan to support their goal to become a 24 h crisis line with a toll-free number. Any contribution will help.
10 USD = Training materials for one new volunteer.
25 USD = Specialist suicide prevention training for one new volunteer.
50 USD = Operation costs for the online chat forum for one month
100 USD = Specialist crisis chat training for one volunteer.
300 USD = Both phone and chat crisis training for one volunteer.
400 USD = Training volunteers to support sexual assault and rape survivors
1000 USD pays one trainer for the entire training program
5000 USD pays for training 40 new chat supporters.
MY STORY WITH TELL, JAPAN
Life in Japan can be isolating for foreigners, especially those without much Japanese language skills. Coping alone with mental health issues and trying to find help in a new country with language and cultural barriers is a daunting task. Particularly in Japan, mental health help in English is hard to find, options limited, expensive, and often not covered by health insurance.
This was the position I found myself in 2013: new in Japan, without Japanese language skills, in a challenging and demanding professional situation, and crippled by clinical depression that began in 2010.
Right from the beginning of my days in Japan and through many difficult days/nights, I was supported by humane and non-judgmental TELL lifeline telephone counsellors. I was lucky. I recovered, am healthy, and giving my best to living life to its full potential.
I felt it is time to give back to TELL, Japan which helped me, is helping many like me, AND IS SAVING LIVES.
I would like to say thank you to TELL by raising funds and awareness about mental health whilst doing my favorite activity - running. Toward this, I will go on a solo-run around Lake Kasumigaura (the second largest lake of Japan) on a 130 km course.
DATE OF THE RUN: 27-April-2019 to 1-May-2019
PLACE: Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki, Japan
CONTACT: email@example.com, Raj Sundaram