Calm before the storm for Japan suicides as COVID-19 ravages economy

Calm before the storm for Japan suicides as COVID-19 ravages economy

Channel NewsAsia - Asia·2020-05-29 11:48

TOKYO: The phones at the Tokyo suicide hotline start ringing as soon as it opens for its once-weekly overnight session. They don't stop until the lone volunteer fielding calls from hundreds of people yearning to talk signs out early the next morning.

Both operating days and volunteer numbers at the volunteer-run Tokyo Befrienders call centre have been cut to avoid coronavirus infection, but the desperate need remains.

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