Depression and Suicide
If you are considering suicide, please contact 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433) via Skype, or TELL via phone at 03-5774-0992 until 11pm.
For calls past 11 pm, please contact Befrienders at 03-5286-9090; they are available from 8pm – 6am.
Depression can affect anyone at any time. Sadly people with depression are more likely to commit suicide. That doesn't mean however that everyone who is depressed attempts suicide or that all suicides are by depressed people. Below are resources for helping someone you may suspect has depression or is contemplating suicide.
What is Depression?
According to Psychology Today, "a depressive disorder is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her.
A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be willed or wished away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most people who experience it need treatment to get better. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people who suffer from depression."
Click here for our Counselling page, if you think you might be suffering from a depressive disorder.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a form of depression that affects people in a seasonal pattern. It is sometimes also known as the "winter blues" or winter depression. For further information you can read detailed articles about the symptoms and treatment of SAD from the UK National Health Service, the American Psychiatric Association, Psychology Today, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Resources on Suicide and Depression
This informative WebMD article gives general information on suicide as well as lists warning signs.
SAVE is a great website that touches on suicide and depression. Click on the left under "Suicide Prevention and Depression Information" for many articles on these topics.
Psychology Today has many informative articles on a range of mental topics. Use the top bar to search.
Befrienders Worldwide offers international volunteer run centres and helplines. Click above to see their Japanese locations and phone lines. The website gives the option of sending information to people you suspect are contemplating suicide.