TELL: Mental Health Support in Japan

TELL: Mental Health Support in Japan

Project Report | Feb 14, 2024
Thank you from TELL: Mental Health in Japan

By Cole Garrett | Development Manager

Dear Friend,

Prioritizing and maintaining mental health can be challenging. Many potential barriers exist such as cost, language, stigma, and even our own beliefs about how we should cope.

Mental health challenges can lead to loneliness and isolation, which can lead to depression, which can lead to suicide.

Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death in the world. According to preliminarty numbers from the Japanese National Policy Agency, 21,818 lives were lost to suicide in 2023. That accounts for roughly 60 deaths per day, with an estimated 1,500 attempts made daily. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people ages 15-39 in Japan.

TELL is here for the community. Whether that be an anonymous conversation on the Lifeline, ongoing support through the clinic, or outreach events and workshops, we want to be here, as we have been for the past 50 years.

And we want to be able to offer more! Increased hours of lifeline service, increased accessibility of counseling, and outreach programs that can truly reach all of Japan.

By supporting TELL, you have supported our vision.

In 2023, we delivered:

  • Over 8,300 connections on the Lifeline 
  • 14,238 sessions in TELL Counseling 
  • Over 130 community workshops, events, and trainings attended by 8,700 people

We couldn't do this without you and your support. Your donation has truly made a difference as we continue our work in the community. 

From all of us at TELL. Thank you for joining in our mission to provide mental health support and prevent suicides in Japan.


The TELL Team

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Location: Minato-ku - Japan
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @telljapan
Project Leader:
Cole Garrett
Minato-ku , Japan

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