TELL’s Life Line Director, Jason Chare, appeared as a guest on BBC World on 9 May 2012 to comment on a recent Cabinet Office survey that found alarmingly high rates of suicide ideation among Japanese adults under 50.
The survey, which found 23.4% of Japanese in that age bracket had contemplated suicide, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article in which Chare comments that TELL’s lifeline is responding to an increasing number of Japanese callers that are desperate for counseling support.
Interviewed live by the BBC’s Rico Hizon, he was asked to elaborate on why suicide ideation was so high among Japanese people. Hison is anchor of Newsday and the Asia Business Report, which is broadcast to more than 300 million households worldwide.
Established in 1973, TELL’s Life Line (03-5774-0992) offers confidential counseling and support every day from 9am to 11pm.
TELL Counseling offers professional face to face counseling from its offices in Tokyo and Yokohama.
TELL also runs Suicide Prevention Workshops that train the community on how to spot the warning signs, and links people at risk to resources that can help.
Wall Street Journal: More Japanese Adults Contemplate Suicide — Survey