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Greetings from the Director
The Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures (JSSC) was launched on April 1, 2016. In accordance with the new philosophy and aims of the revised Basic Law on Suicide Countermeasures that went into effect on April 1, 2016, the Center has made it its mission to supply evidence with which the parties involved may work together from an interdisciplinary perspective in dealing with the PDCA (plan-do-check-act) cycle for suicide prevention as well as to reinforce the mechanisms that support community-based measures, including those of private sector entities. From now on, the major role of the Center is to provide technical support from a specialist perspective to community centers for the promotion of suicide countermeasures that play an important role in promoting steps to counter suicide in their communities. In short, the Center will continue its efforts to accumulate evidence to support community-based suicide countermeasures, with a primary focus on practical initiatives at the local level, and to strengthen its technical and specialized support to parties on the frontlines in carrying out such measures.
The basic philosophy behind the revised Basic Law on Suicide Countermeasures is stated as follows: “With the aim of ensuring that all people are valued as human beings and are able to live meaningful lives with hope for the future based upon their zest for living, suicide countermeasures must be implemented as comprehensive support for people’s lives in a way that contributes to overcoming various factors that may interfere with the accomplishment of this aim and widely and appropriately establishing and enhancing the environment to assist and facilitate such support” (Article 2, Paragraph 1). Moreover, “Suicide countermeasures must be implemented on a comprehensive basis through the organic coordination of measures and policies related to health, medicine, welfare, education, labor and other relevant issues” (Article 2, Paragraph 5). In order to ensure that this basic philosophy is steadily translated into reality, as the key player in promoting our country’s suicide countermeasures, it is the Center’s role to support the policies and practices of the national government, local public entities, and other relevant organizations.
As for the provision of evidence, the aim is to build on studies of comprehensive suicide countermeasures from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, as a kind of social design science for the purpose of changing the existing state of society on the suicide issue, and to return those findings to those on the frontlines of suicide prevention. Four research offices have been established within the Center: the Office for Suicide Data Analysis, the Office for Comprehensive Suicide Countermeasures, the Office for Promotion of Support for Suicide Survivors, and the Office for Promotion of Community Suicide Policy. These offices collaborate closely with one another with the objective of contributing to the spread of comprehensive suicide countermeasures to every corner of Japan.
The Center is an organization in which the relevant parties in private sector entities, academia, and government participate in the Board of Regents and are involved in the business operations of the Center so that all concerned parties can present a unified front in the promotion of suicide countermeasures and function as a trilateral cooperative in managing the Center’s services. By having the voices of those involved on the frontlines of suicide prevention readily reflected in running the Center and by promoting evidence-based community suicide countermeasures, we believe that we will contribute to the spread of effective preventive measures throughout all the prefectures and to every city, town, and village in Japan.
Japan Support Center for Suicide Countermeasures
April 1, 2016
Office for Promotion of Community Suicide Policy
Office for Promotion of Support for Suicide Survivors
Office for Comprehensive Suicide Countermeasures
Office for Suicide Data Analysis
The Office makes use of a network of community centers for the promotion of suicide countermeasures (located in the prefectures and in designated cities) and assists in drawing up “life-supporting suicide countermeasures action plans” in the prefectures and in cities, towns, and villages. It also conducts surveys and does analytical studies of the advanced initiatives that will become the basis for a package proposal on “life-supporting suicide countermeasures” tailored to a community’s particular characteristics.
Suicide survivors and the families of those who have taken their own lives face many difficulties in their daily lives, the former experiencing a complicated mental state after having been saved, the latter beset with the intense grief that accompanies bereavement. In response to these issues, the aim of the Office for Promotion of Support for Suicide Survivors is to come to a full understanding of the complex background behind each individual case and then to provide multifaceted support to alleviate the psychological impact.
The Office carries out surveys and studies that are instrumental in formulating the suicide countermeasures of national and local authorities, as well as those that pertain to support for and collaboration among research institutes, universities, private sector entities, and other relevant organizations, and connects them to overall R&D projects related to the promotion of comprehensive suicide countermeasures.
In order to more effectively promote the national government policies and initiatives of municipal-level organizations, including private sector entities, the Office carries out research and development as well as policy evaluation projects that contribute to improving suicide countermeasures and providing the information that will make it easier to understand the actual state of suicide in a community based on statistical data and various research findings.
Related Sites LinksMinistry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW)
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP)