TELL Japan


TELL Update from the Board Chair

Published on June 21, 2017

In April 2016 I was elected Chair of the TELL Board of Directors, and published a note in this forum to thank our outgoing Chair, Craig Saphin, and to outline objectives for my own tenure. Just over a year later, it seems a good time for an update about TELL. First of all, we are in transition. […] Read more »

June 2nd is World Eating Disorders Action Day 

Published on May 31, 2017

There is general consensus among Japanese experts that the prevalence of eating disorders in Japan is comparable to those reported in western countries. Unfortunately, the number of those affected who present for treatment in Japan remains very low compared to the amount who seek treatment in western countries. The results from the most recent large-scale government survey revealed that there were approximately 26,000 patients who presented to medical services with eating disorders between 2014 and 2015, but the actual number of affected individuals who are in need of care is estimated to be at least several fold of this number. Read more »

Charity Runathon: Report

Published on May 30, 2017

Sunny skies greeted participants in the 18th edition of the TELL Charity Walk & Run, this year named the Sound Mind, Sound Body Run & Walk working in partnership with Second Harvest Japan. Read more »

TELL Eating Disorder Program Events Update

Published on April 3, 2017

While all of us require food in order to live, and eating can be one of the most pleasurably human activities, eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect people’s emotional and physical health. When eating is used to control body weight and shape and/or as a coping mechanism to manage difficult emotions and situations, eating can become dangerous. The TELL Eating Disorder Program, sponsored by Ichigo and headed up by Kaori Ogiwara, has upcoming events looking at a variety of different topics. Read more »

Japanese Edition of “When Someone in the Family Drinks Too Much” Now Available

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Last autumn we told you about TELL mental health counselor Machi Taniguchi's work with a publisher to translate “When Someone in the Family Drinks Too Much” into Japanese, for which she set up a crowdfunding website to help cover costs. Read more »

Tokyo’s Rainbow Week and LGBTI-supportive Legislation

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As we head into April, this year's Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival is just around the corner, marking one of the most influential LGBTI events in Japan. This year’s Pride Festival will start on April 29th with a week-long list of around 60 activities, including exhibitions, lectures, workshops and parties, finishing with the Pride March on May 7th. Read more »

International Women’s Day #beboldforchange

Published on March 8, 2017

March 8th marks International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic achievements women have made around the world. Since the first recorded International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909, many positive changes have been seen, such as women’s right to work; to vote; to property; to control over their bodies and reproductive rights. However, while we recognise how far we have come, gender equality is still a distant ideal. Read more »

What Is Distance Counseling?

Published on March 2, 2017

TELL was founded in 1973 to provide crisis and suicide prevention support for the international community in Japan, and in 1991 added face-to-face counseling and outreach services that bridge gaps in the Japanese language-focused health care system.  Read more »

International Women’s Day: Is Change Needed? Yes, It Is

Published on March 1, 2017

March 8th is International Women’s Day, the annual celebration of women’s social, cultural, political and economic achievements. This year, uncertainty has inspired many around the world to voice their opinions about injustice, which connects well with the theme of International Women’s Day 2017: “Be Bold for Change”. Read more »

TELL Runathon on May 27 in Partnership with Second Harvest Japan

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This year’s TELL Runathon has been reinvented as the Sound Mind, Sound Body Run & Walk, a celebration of mental and physical good health organized in partnership with our good friends at Second Harvest Japan. The Sound Mind, Sound Body Run & Walk will take place at the Tama River (Tamagawa) running course on Saturday, May 27th, and all proceeds from the event will support TELL and Second Harvest Japan, accredited not-for-profit organizations. Read more »

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