Japanese Government Starts Web Site About Suicide
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 Posted: 07:04 PM JST
The Japanese government will set up a web site later this month about suicide The Asahi Shimbun reports today. It will be named "Ikiru" (To live). The site's aim is to "coordinate preventive efforts on a nationwide basis" and is targeted at local government officials and private-sector people involved in suicide prevention.
The site will be operated by the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry. Besides basic data and the latest trends, it will provide preventive guidelines as well as reports submitted by experts. The Japanese health ministry began researching suicide prevention measures in earnest in fiscal 2001. Some 30,227 people killed themselves in 2004. It was the second consecutive year for suicides to exceed 30,000.
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