Fine letters in blue in Japan.. but on unconventional paper

Fine letters in blue in Japan.. but on unconventional paper
Fine letters in blue in Japan.. but on unconventional paper

Fine letters in blue in Japan.. but on unconventional paper

Universities in Japan’s Yamanashi province, west of Tokyo, recently adopted an anti-suicide initiative, represented by printing messages on toilet paper that will help keep the idea off the minds of potential victims.

And in blue letters on those white papers it says: “Dear, you who find it hard to pretend everything is fine. You don’t have to tell us everything, but why not just tell us a few?”

Alongside these messages, written by a psychiatrist and accompanied by suicide prevention phone numbers, are reassuring images, such as a cat curling up, on the toilet paper. Yamanashi authorities distributed 6,000 of these papers to 12 local universities last month.

“You’re alone in the bathroom … and we feel like you can have bad thoughts at times like this,” district official Kenichi Miyazawa told AFP yesterday.

Like many other countries, Japan has seen an increase in the number of suicides as the COVID-19 pandemic further isolates many people.

And in 2020, nearly 500 children and teenagers in Japan committed suicide, a national record and double the number in 2016, according to Japan’s Health Ministry.

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