NHK reports (9 August 2012) that the government is reassessing its suicide prevention policy, with a view to bolstering measures aimed at young people and students, as well as strengthening support for those that have attempted suicide, as the nation’s suicide rate persists above the 30,000 a year level.
The suicide prevention policy was approved by the cabinet in 2007 with the goal of reducing the suicide rate by over 20 percent by 2016. However, last year recorded the number of suicides as being over 30,000 for the 14th straight year, leading to the government’s move to strengthen its measures.
Measures for young people will look at providing support on issues such as bullying, or other problems affecting their lives. In the case of people that have attempted suicide, support to rebuild lives, including counseling or medical care will be offered.
Additionally, the government, local authorities and community grounds will cooperate to support those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, providing psychological care and helping them rebuild their lives. The proposal goes for cabinet approval this month.
TELL will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 8 September, followed by a suicide prevention workshop on 17 October. Both events will be held at the Wesley Center in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo, and are open to the public. Details on the TELL website at http://www.telljp.com
TELL Suicide Prevention Program