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Step Up 2020 Challenge


For the past three years, TELL has partnered with Tokyo Tower with a climb to the top to raise funds on World Suicide Prevention Day. In 2019, a sold-out crowd of 500 climbers raised 5 million yen to support the TELL Lifeline.

2020 takes a completely different format. We won’t gather 500 people to climb Tokyo Tower in a pandemic but the need to raise awareness and fight stigma surrounding mental illness is more important than ever. So instead from September 10th thru to October 10th, we’re going to STEP UP and make a noise about Mental Health!

Use your fitness tracker and challenge yourself to a one-day step goal of 20,169 between September 10th and October 10th. You can take a walk anywhere in Japan – in the mountains, along the beach, down a country road, or in the heart of the city. Your route can be flat, hilly, or even all staircases.

  • Walk 20,169 steps in one day;

  • Honor the 20,169 lives lost to suicide in Japan last year.

  • Registration fees and donations fund the TELL Lifeline.

  • Raise awareness on social media and beyond.

  • Start a team with your company, school or community – or walk solo

  • Win team prizes for the fastest time and highest fundraising total

You won’t only walk, but also raise funds to help the TELL Lifeline expand its operations to 24/7. And you can build awareness of mental health by sharing our campaigns on social media or starting one of your own.

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and people all around the globe will be walking, marching or running to “take a step” to remove stigmas around mental health. Come out – by yourself, or form a team – to make a difference by raising money to help us take the TELL Lifeline 24/7. Every step helps change lives. Are you up for the challenge?

To sign up, please visit here at www.tellevents.org