Tag - mental-health



Japan Times
Mar 18, 2021
The pandemic is harming the mental health of women and youth in Japan. TELL wants to help.
In an alarming set of numbers, data from the National Police Agency shows that 6,976 women in Japan took their own lives last year. That's nearly 15% more than in 2019, marking the end of what had been a 10-year decline in the number of women who died by suicide.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2021
‘All the systems failed’: Inside America’s mental health crisis
Police in the U.S. spent about a fifth of their time responding to mental health calls, at a cost of $918 million, in 2017, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 5, 2021
Former SDF member sentenced to life in prison over fatal Toyama attack
Keita Shimazu killed an officer in a police box in 2018 before using the officer's gun to shoot dead a security guard at a nearby school.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 24, 2021
As pandemic took hold, suicide rose among Japanese women
In Japan, 6,976 women took their lives last year, nearly 15% more than in 2019. It was the first year-over-year increase in more than a decade.
Japan Times
Feb 21, 2021
As suicides rise amid the pandemic, Japan takes steps to tackle loneliness
What constitutes loneliness is a trickier question in Japan, where the overarching term 'kodoku' has been used to describe both loneliness and solitude, essentially lumping them together.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2021
Line between solitude and withdrawal becomes blurred in Japan amid pandemic
More than half of the nationwide hikikomori population of 1.15 million are between 40 and 64 years old.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2021
'Hard to bring tears out': Stunned by pandemic, some Americans struggle to grieve
Even for those Americans who have grown numb after a year of grim statistics, the 500,000-death milestone is a startling reminder of the monumental loss the pandemic is leaving in its trail.
Japan Times
Feb 8, 2021
Blossom The Project starts a much-needed bilingual discussion on mental health in Japan
Meg Hoffmann Nakagawa's Instagram account Blossom The Project provides explanations in English and Japanese on a wide range of current affairs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 7, 2021
Suicides in Japan dropped for a decade. Then the pandemic hit.
Economic insecurity, social isolation and the lingering dread that those you love can suddenly fall victim to the pathogen have stirred a toxic mix of stress and anxiety.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Feb 6, 2021
Surviving the depths of winter in Japan amid a pandemic
Social media is full of helpful advice on coping with tough times in the cold.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 3, 2021
Six-year prison term upheld for ex-top Japanese bureaucrat over murder of son
The defense team had argued that even if a claim of self-defense was rejected, Hideaki Kumazawa should only have received a suspended sentence.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Jan 30, 2021
A pandemic is hard enough. For some, being single has made it harder.
“One day I realized it had been three months since I had touched a human being,” one man said.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2021
Woman infected with coronavirus dies by suicide
A woman in her 30s infected with the novel coronavirus died by suicide earlier this month while self-isolating at her home in Tokyo, local officials said Friday, at a time when many hospitals are overloaded with COVID-19 patients and thousands of infected Tokyoites remain on hospital waiting lists.
Japan Times
Jan 16, 2021
'Wintering': A memoir of hope for embracing dark and lonely times
A few weeks ago, The Financial Times published a sobering essay on an urgent subject: loneliness in the time of COVID-19. Written by the paper’s Chicago correspondent, Claire Bushey, it described what it has felt like to live by yourself in this miserable year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 31, 2020
In Japan, pandemic and celebrity deaths likely behind rise in suicides
One counseling service saw daily queries jump from around 200 to about 1,800 shortly after the death of popular actress Yuko Takeuchi in an apparent suicide.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2020
Psychedelics replace cannabis as the new favorite edgy investment
Early stage investors are predicting substances such as psilocybin and Ibogaine have an even better shot than cannabis at disrupting the $70 billion market for mental health.
Japan Times
Dec 12, 2020
Rising suicide figures reflect many women’s despair in a pandemic
Almost as anguishing as having no future is having an unknown one.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2020
I achieved my wildest dreams. Then depression hit.
I’d spent my life training for the Olympics, but I wasn’t prepared for what came next.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Dec 3, 2020
Schizophrenia patient urges rethink of Japan's mental health policy
Tokio Ito spent more than 40 years in mental hospitals, and has sued the government for continually having been denied release.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2020
Japan suicides rise as economic impact of coronavirus hits home
Of October's cases, 851 were women, a rise of 82.6% over the same month in 2019. The number of suicides by men rose 21.3%.


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