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Logan Paul apologizes for vlogging images of a suicide victim in Aokigahara Forest, Japan.

YouTube Vlogger Logan Paul posted a controversial video on December 31, 2017, showing the corpse of a suicide victim as he hung from a tree, all the while cracking jokes with his entourage after they ventured off the marked path into the restricted areas of Aokigahara Forest, a.k.a. one of the suicide forests in Japan. The YouTube universe, Twitterverse, and mainstream media have since been awash with commentary, mostly condemnation, of the vlogger for a number of reasons.

While it was indeed disrespectful, the controversy has a bright side in that it is spurring discussion about the seriousness of suicide and the mental disorders, e.g. depression, that are mostly the cause for suicides. The internet news cycle is short and fickle, but it is our hope that this round of public discourse will move the dial forward for suicide prevention and helping those with depression to get timely help and treatment.

How You Can Help

To help those suffering from depression and susceptible to suicide, compassionate people can do any or all of the following to make a difference:

  • Donate to CJMH (or another mental health non-profit charity) that focuses on helping people suffering from mental illness
  • Learn how to recognize when someone you know needs help, and how you can get them to seek help
  • Humble brag to your social networks about your philanthropy and compassion and call out others to support us too. We suggest the following landing pages when linking to us:
    • http://www.cjmh.org/about-us/   Describes our mission
    • http://www.cjmh.org/give/   Donation page
    • http://www.cjmh.org/what-we-do-2/suicide-prevention/   Suicide prevention guidelines

Why Donate to CJMH vs Other Charities?

 

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It’s just come to our attention that our donations page has not yet been updated to remove 2017 donations and to reflect 2018 target numbers. We apologize for any confusion and will get it straightened out ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

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Our cultural and language enrichment programs educate and teach children about the people, places and culture of Japan while fostering a sense of global community within each child. Our goal is for participating students to experience and learn to embrace multiculturalism by exploration of Japanese culture. Our programs:

  • teach the etiquette, language, art, music, food, clothing, dance and more of Japan
  • teach conversational Japanese and introduce the different forms of written Japanese
  • helps kids understand the differences between Japanese culture and their own
  • encourage kids to work in teams and exercise problem solving skills in activities
  • are customized for participant ages and for a school’s desired length and content

Schools can choose from among different program elements which include:

  • Etiquette – Every culture has accepted ways to express politeness and respect. Participants learn what is and is not acceptable and appropriate in social settings (and business settings for older students).
  • Language – Kids participate in fun activities to learn common Japanese phrases through various forms of art, dance, music, games, and role playing typical situations while studying in, traveling through, and vacationing in Japan.
  • Food – Participants sample Japanese snacks, learn about and /or cook the traditional, common, and celebratory foods eaten in Japanese homes and different types of restaurants.
  • Visual Arts – Students explore the different Japanese visual art forms with accompanying arts and crafts projects including origami, calligraphy, anime, kabuki, flower arrangement, and more.
  • Music – Students explore Japanese music ranging from traditional to modern pop music with performances by artists using traditional musical instruments.
  • Folklore – A key element to understanding a culture is knowing the stories that have been passed down through generations and the lessons and values they convey.
  • Cultural Sites – We virtually visit famous cultural sites and popular areas to form a deeper connection and understanding to Japan and its people.
  • Martial Arts – Students learn about, observe, and practice several uniquely Japanese martial arts including Karate, Jujutsu, Kendo, Kyudo (Archery), and learn about Bushido, the Samurai code of conduct.

Class length/size, program duration, target age group, content, and materials can all be customized to your needs which will affect the pricing. Whether the class fees are to be paid by the school, PTA, school foundation, or directly by participating students, we can create a program that fits a desired budget range. Please contact us for further details by sending an email to cyu@cjmh.org or calling 626-788-7027.

 

CJMH’s license as a certified provider of continuing education by CAMFT, the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has been renewed for another two year term. CJMH will offer quality continuing education as a means to ensure practice competence and professional growth for providers of psychological counseling including Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP). Our continuing education courses include a class on Anger Management with more to come. Please inquire for the upcoming class schedule.

 

CJMH exhibited and helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Victim-Witness Assistance Program at a commemorative walk and resource fair at on Saturday, April 8th from 9am til 2pm.

The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) can help pay bills and expenses that result from certain violent crimes, including psychological counseling fees. Victims of crime who have been injured or have been threatened with injury may be eligible for help.

CalVCB Helpline: 1-800-777-9229 (Phone)

For victim assistance in your area, find your local Victim Witness Assistance Center.

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