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The June 13 article “Suicide in Japan: Seeking to part the dark clouds” shocked me. Taking one’s own life is a great pity for everyone, particularly among younger generations in their 20s and younger. How about temporarily escaping from stressful environments, like school, workplace or home, instead? You don’t need to go to school or work. Stressed people are so serious and sensitive that they tend to blame themselves for being bullied or slandered. That notion is totally wrong.

As shown in the article, suicide is an emotion that emerges instantly. As a solution, you could rely on another person, such as parents, friends, teachers or other experts from nonprofit organizations. Never hesitate to talk to them. You should tell them what you are thinking. Their support can help settle you, little by little. Moreover, the advisers can show you some valuable tips on how to deal with your stress.

First and foremost, you should find someone reliable to listen to you and assure you that your life is totally precious and priceless.

Mieko Okabe
Yokohama

The opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect the policies of The Japan Times.