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TELL brings fundraisers online before the holidays.
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Halloween is over and the year-end holidays are on the horizon. In the past, this was a difficult time for some in the expat community as they were away from their families. As the coronavirus epidemic is ongoing, more people may be at risk of depression and anxiety.This is where TELL came in. The service was launched in Japan in 1973 as an English counseling hotline and has since grown to cover more than the English speaking community, with mental health clinics, clinical counseling, Internet and outreach programs aimed at To raise awareness about mental health in Japanese society as a whole.This year, it has held the biggest test in the organization: the global spread of COVID-19, said TELL director Vickie Skorji, the service has received unprecedented calls. In the lifeline of life during the outbreak

The tolls that this outbreak is taking on people has begun to show," Skorji told The Japan Times. The most shocking increase is the number of people talking about depression and icidal thoughts.Lifeline services were fully operational during the epidemic due to the efforts of 120 volunteers and the rapid transition of work-from-home infrastructure. However, as Skorji says, "Trying to message everyone that we are here and that you can still contact us is our biggest challenge with a lifeline.One of the reasons for this challenge is the need for phone calls to chat with chat hours to manage all coverage. Many callers continue to call the lifeline, assuming regular hours and not checking TELL's web page or social media account, which explains the change.

What I've seen is about 1,000 to 1,500 calls every month on สล็อต answering machines that we can't get to," says Skorji, explaining the outcome of the logistical problems caused by the outbreak and observes that this is "the most important thing". Clear signal The volume of calls is increased.Another effect of the outbreak is preventing TELL from raising funds. The corporate spring fundraiser, which was critical to helping cover the cost of the lifeline, had to be delayed until the team found a way to hold something of the same size online.Finally, TELL decided to split the event into an online auction, a Zoom event and an online raffle, offering three virtual participation methods, and all of which directly supported TELL as a non-profit charity.The Connoisseur online auction consists of hotel stays, courses, restaurants, luxury items, and because it is a wine auction, it carries a large number of high-quality wines. The auction is currently ongoing and is open to bids until November 6.

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On Nov.6, starting at 7:00 PM, and with an admission fee of 2,000 yen, TELL will be hosting the Savor the Hope Evening Program online via Zoom. The event aims to celebrate the achievements the organization has seen this year. And will include auction items Live music performances; An important interview with Mai Madigan, who will discuss the challenges of gender diversity in Japan. And finally, the live draw will be selected.All donations will go towards Lifeline's administration fee.All event details, tickets and auction items can be viewed and bid on the TELL auction website.As the name suggests, tasting "hope" is the direct message TELL has to Japan this year.In March, this event has a different title. But we changed the name of the job because of the current situation, ”Skorji said.“ There was a lot of trauma and ongoing media coverage of COVID-19, but there was a lot of hope. We need to hear the view that in the chaos there is not the least good and wonderful advancement going on. 

The topic of mental health is something that we are all more sensitive to now. Worry of We can feel it during the epidemic.According to Skorji, what makes this outbreak more difficult is the prolonged stress.When you have a disaster, we all have a traumatic stress response. But normal or safety usually comes back relatively quickly, ”she says.“ Now the world is in nine months, and with a longer period of time, mental health is a major concern. How flexible will people be? Skorji admits that since its peak in 2004, suicide levels in Japan have declined due to government efforts. However, they remain near-critical, with a sharp rise in August.

Recently, we've seen actors sacrificing their lives and it shows you that we have to break this barrier,” Skorji said. “In Japan, we know we have a very stressful workforce. Low levels of women and minorities are a major stigma and misconception of what mental health issues are, and if you combine that with the added stress of COVID, it has been a major cause of concern.Skorji, of course, ended the conversation with a positive message, suggesting that mental health conversations have been more normalized than they were in past crises. Maybe we won't go to everyone. But my volunteers didn't miss a change, ”she said.“ Such efforts are really hopeful and that's what we want to talk about. This is a good time to focus on this issue and break the stigma for us to see the real cure. 

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