Jul 20, 2020

TELL is Supporting, Listening & Responding

Dear Friend,

Throughout the COIVD-19 pandemic, TELL has been there for our community each and every day. Thanks to the amazing dedication of our volunteers,  our Lifeline has maintained an incredible 100% shift coverage since February. Additionally, our clinic moved to provide teletherapy sessions for our clients & families, and our outreach division has been providing resources, information & workshops to the community & businesses on how to cope and stay resilient during times of change and uncertainty. Through this journey, TELL has adapted fast and efficiently to ensure we can be there with you every step of the way.

However, there are many more in need that we have not been able to reach. While our Lifeline handled around 3000 calls & chat during this period, we have also received just as many calls on our answering machine that we have not been able to connect with. Additionally, our website received over 10,000 hits through this period mainly to our COVID-19 resource pages, highlighting the important role TELL plays in the international community. 

The impact of COVID-19 is something we have all felt and as we witness a global increase in stress-related conditions and burnout,  it is time for all of us to start having real discussions with each other about mental health and what we can do as a community to help reduce youth suicides in Japan; while our project “Help Reduce Youth Suicides in Japan” has been fully funded, we continue to fight for that, each and every day. With so many new stressors added to the challenges of being a young person, more support than ever is needed.   

On behalf of all TELL staff, volunteers, and Board members, we are grateful for your active support in funding this project and will continue to keep you updated on what TELL is doing to make that vision of zero youth suicides a reality.


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Jun 2, 2020

Serving the Community in Challenging Times

Dear Friend, 

Summer is right around the corner, and for Japan, today marked what would have been the official lifting of the “State of Emergency,” had it not been lifted earlier than expected, last week. COVID-19 has thrown Japan and the world into uncertain and challenging situations, from kids and parents no longer being at school and in their workplaces, public gatherings and playgrounds being prohibited, and the new norm of mask-wearing and social-distancing that came swiftly. Through these changes, it has been our top priority to provide the support and resources for our community across Japan, through the Lifeline, virtual workshops, and continuing to train the volunteers who have been doing a commendable job in maintaining their shifts on the Line and the Chat service.

So many have been impacted in a multitude of ways and yet, through it, our community recognizes how necessary the services we provide are, and we have continued to receive donations toward “Girls Matter: Stop Sexual Violence in Japan.” Your support is so critical, and so appreciated - thank you!     

Our Spring 2020 support training had 29 volunteers who were accepted into the program, and we are proud to report that 25 are expected to successfully complete it. The TELL training coordinator has been working diligently to provide all of the training online, to comply with recommendations on social distancing during this time. In a time when the international community is seeing people leave Japan to return to their home countries, we greatly appreciate all of the individuals who are committed to being the voice on the Line and the text response on the Chat in a time when the world is experiencing increased rates of anxiety and depression. 

With such extreme circumstances, the team at TELL believes it is more important than ever to help protect girls from sexual violence, whether that is occuring right now because of the need to “stay-at-home,” or a safe environment, like school, is no longer available, or a variety of other unforeseen scenarios.   

Your donations make a real difference in the lives of girls in Japan, and that is how, together, we can build a healthy and vibrant community. Won’t you be a part of the fight to end the violence? 

Mar 23, 2020

Serving the Community in Challenging Times

Dear Friend, 

It has been a fast transition to Spring here at TELL, with so much happening that there has hardly been time to notice that the cherry blossoms are now in bloom. COVID-19 has thrown the world into uncertain and challenging times, and it is our top priority to provide the support and resources for our community across Japan, through the Lifeline, virtual workshops, and continuing to train the volunteers who have been doing a commendable job in maintaining their shifts on the Line.

Even in these trying times, our community recognizes how crucial the services we provide are, and we are thrilled that the “Prevent Youth Suicides in Japan” project has been fully funded. This was made possible because of the dedication and commitment of our GlobalGiving donors. We are so grateful for your support!     

Volunteers that would have gone to helping with the Olympics are now being called upon to be involved in different ways in the extreme circumstances we are in the midst of because of COVID-19. Our Spring 2020 support training had 29 volunteers who were accepted into the program. The TELL training coordinator is working diligently to provide all of the training online, to comply with recommendations on social distancing during this time. In a time when the international community is seeing people leave Japan to return to their home countries, we greatly appreciate all of the individuals who are committed to being the voice on the Line in a time of crisis. 

At TELL, we believe that this is an unprecedented time, creating a more pressing need than ever before to provide an outlet and support for all of the brave individuals and groups fighting to zero youth suicide in Japan. 

Your donations matter have made a real difference in a young person’s life, and that is how, together, we can build a healthy and vibrant community. 

 
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