ICAS Event: Healthy Healthcare - Lecture Series
Lecture 9: "Suicide Prevention in Japan"

Co-hosted by American Chamber of Commerce Japan, the Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan and Temple University, Japan Campus, ICAS

Friday, February 26th, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 212/213 (Access)
Vickie Skorji
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
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Suicide has stolen lives around the world and across the centuries affecting all age groups and communities. Worldwide there are more deaths due to suicide than accidents, homicide and war combined. Meanings attributed to suicide and notions of how to handle the issue have varied over time and across countries. Still suicide continues to exact a relentless toll both socially and economically, increasing by 60% worldwide over the last 45 years, in which Japan’s suicide rates are amongst the highest in the world. Suicide extends its reach across multiple generations of families, the workplace and communities resulting in the tragic loss of human life. What have we learnt about suicide and suicide prevention and how do we best address this problem in Japan.

Speaker Profile

Vickie Skorji has been the Assistant Director of Tokyo English Life Line for the past 4 years and is responsible for the training of the Telephone Counselors that operate the Life Line. She has worked on Life Lines in other countries and managed Acquired Brain Injury Support Services in Australia. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling with Monash University Australia and undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences. She has specialist training in neuro-psychology and Acquired Brain Injury in both hospital and community settings and has developed and run carer education training courses for dementia, published a resource book for carers of people with neurological conditions or Acquired Brain Injury, and TELL me about Tokyo resource guide for foreigners. Currently she is developing and piloting suicide awareness programs for adults and youths within the International community.

Moderator Profile

Dr. Rene Duignan is the curator of the Healthy-Healthcare series. He works for the Central Bank of Italy covering Asian economies with a particular interest in China. He lectures in international economics and business at Aoyama Gakuin University. He is Chair of the JIC Study Group was formerly a global liaison for the Health Policy Institute Japan where he developed a strong interest in J-healthcare. Dr. Duignan is a board member of the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Duignan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Aoyama Gakuin University, where he was a recipient of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho research scholarship.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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