Suicide Prevention

Japan has long battled one of the highest suicide rates in the industrialized world. In 2013, its national rate of suicide stood at 21.4 deaths per 100 000 people ̶ well above that of other high-income countries (12.7 deaths per 100 000 people). Only within the last few years, have Japanese people begun to consider suicide as a social problem rather than an a taboo subject to be avoided.

The Center for Japanese Mental Health is dedicated to:

  • raising public awareness of mental health conditions that lead to suicide,
  • educating people to notice the warning signs for those at risk of suicide and how they can reach out to those at risk before they attempt to take their own lives, and
  • counseling those suffering from depression (with medication as needed and appropriate) to help them regain their normal productive lives.
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