Annually, more than 21,000 people in Japan lose their lives to suicide.
Every day that is 57 people and 1,500 attempts. At TELL we believe Zero Suicides are possible.
TELL is a multifaceted, nonprofit organization that has been serving Japan’s international community since 1973. We offer free, anonymous and confidential telephone counseling and information, professional face-to-face counseling and an extensive outreach program.
The inspiration for TELL’s founding came from Inochi-no-denwa, the Japanese-language suicide prevention line. The research into the need for a similar English-language service and the work to make a start up possible fell mostly to missionaries and members of the various English-speaking congregations in Tokyo. The first training (of some 50 volunteers with just 7 trainers) took place in 1972 with TELL taking its first call on April 1st 1973.
TELL is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community as well as helping to address the country’s growing mental health care needs.
TELL will be a leader in services and education, practicing state-of-the-art standards of care in the field of mental health.
Create a vibrant, sustainable organization
Foster growth and development of all staff and stakeholders
Embrace diversity with compassion and respect
Communicate with outside organizations to bring value and talent into TELL