By Kathryn Sheppard - Corporate Development Manager
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 “Prevent 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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