TELL Tokyo Tower Climb 2019

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  Sep 08 2019 . 4-chōme-2-8 Shibakōen, Minato City, Tōkyō-to 105-0011, Japan

 EVENT DATE: SEP 08, 2019

One of Tokyo’s – and Japan’s – most iconic structures, Tokyo Tower offers an exciting challenge hosting a stair climbing race that will compete with some of the world’s most famous buildings and towers (e.g. Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, Gherkin, Sears Tower) on endurance athletes’ “bucket lists”.

On this day all around the world, people will be walking, marching or running for World Suicide Prevention Day. This is a great opportunity to tick climbing Tokyo Tower off your bucket list. Come out and make a difference fundraising to take the TELL Lifeline 24 hours. Every step you take changes lives.



Date & Time: September 8, 2019 07:00-11:00

- To mark World Suicide Prevention Day - 500 participants

- One-by-one time trial format to ensure safety

- Charity focus – profits to benefit TELL, one of Japan’s leading mental health non-profits




参加費:一般 4,000円、4-13歳 2,500円、法人杯チーム 15,000円(1チーム4人)、スクール杯チーム 12,000円(1チーム4人)


What is World Suicide Prevention day?

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It’s an annual awareness-raising event organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year’s theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” because IASP believes that collaboration is the most important aspect of effective global suicide prevention.


2003年に国際自殺予防学会(IASP)の自殺予防イニシアチブとして世界保健機関(WHO)の承認を受け、毎年9月10日が世界自殺予防デーに制定されました。毎年自殺防止の認知向上を目指し様々な活動がされています。今年のテーマは、「自殺予防のための協力(“Working Together to Prevent Suicide”)」です。協力することが、自殺予防に最も効果的とIASPは提唱しています。

Why is it important?

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In Japan, more than 20,000 people die by suicide a year – an average of 54 a day and increasingly these are young people. 

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that ‘it’s ok to talk’ can make a huge difference. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

In past years, over 300 activities in around 70 countries were reported to IASP, including educational and commemorative events, press briefings and conferences, as well as Facebook and Twitter coverage.





Take a minute, change a life

People who have lived through a suicide attempt have much to teach us about how the words and actions of others are important. They often talk movingly about reaching the point where they could see no alternative but to take their own life, and about the days, hours and minutes leading up to this. They often describe realizing that they did not want to die but instead wanted someone to intervene and stop them. Many say that they actively sought someone who would sense their despair so that hopefully they would be asked whether they were okay.

Sometimes they say that they made a pact with themselves that if someone did ask if they were okay, they would tell them everything and allow them to intervene. Sadly, they often reflect that no one asked.

The individuals telling these stories are inspirational. Many of them recount reaching the point where they did try to take their own lives and tell about coming through it. Many of them are now working as advocates for suicide prevention. Almost universally, they say that if someone had taken a minute, the trajectory that they were on could have been interrupted.

Life is precious and sometimes precarious. Taking a minute to reach out to someone – a complete stranger or close family member or friend – can change the course of their life.





Together we can do something bigger. Together we can save lives!

2019 marks the 17th World Suicide Prevention Day. The day was first recognized in 2003, as an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and endorsed by the World Health Organization. World Suicide Prevention Day takes place each year on September 10.

On September 10, join with others around the world who are working towards the common goal of preventing suicide. Show your support by taking part in our Tokyo Tower Climb event aimed at raising funds to take the TELL Lifeline 24 hours.

Finally, if there is anyone you are concerned about, take a minute to check in with them. It could change their life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide call the TELL Lifeline at 03-5774-0992 between 9 am – 11 pm on the phone line and chat online here every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 10:30 pm – 2:00 am.