September 1, the day with the highest suicide rate among Japanese teenagers.

In Japan, the return to school in the second semester is marked by tragedies: according to the Japanese government, September 1 is historically the day of the year when the largest number of young people under the age of 18 commit suicide. From 1972 to 2013, more than 18,000 children committed suicide.

On an annual average, there were 92 on August 31, 131 on September 1 and another 94 on Day 2. Last year, Japan first registered suicide as the leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 19 years. Back to school in April also marks a peak in the number of child deaths.

Frightened by the statistics, a librarian from the city of Kamakura caused controversy by tweeting recently: “The second semester is almost here. If you’re thinking about killing yourself, why do you hate school so much? Why don’t you come here? We have comics and light novels. No one is going to fight you if you spend the whole day here. Remember us as a refuge, if you are thinking of choosing death over school. ”

September 1, the day with the highest suicide rate among Japanese teenagers.

’Heavy armor’

In just 24 hours, Maho Kawai’s note was retweeted over 60,000 times. The initiative was criticized, as in practice it is a municipal employee encouraging children not to go to school. But for many, it may have helped to save lives. “My school uniform looked as heavy as armor.

I couldn’t take the school climate, my heart was racing. I thought about killing myself, because it would have been easier, ”wrote student Masa, whose real name cannot be published to preserve his identity. He states that, had it not been for the understanding mother, who let him stay at home “skipping class”, he would have committed suicide on September 1. Masa’s statement was given to a newspaper for children who decide not to go to school.

"We started this non-governmental organization 17 years ago, because in 1997, we had three shocking incidents involving school students just before classes started," said the editor of the publication, Shikoh Ishi.

Two of the children cited by Ishi killed themselves on August 31. At about the same time, three other students set fire to the school they attended, because they did not want to go back to school. "It was then that we realized how desperate children were and we wanted to send the message that there is no choice between school or death," said Ishi.

September 1, the day with the highest suicide rate among Japanese teenagers.

Suicide support

For many Japanese children, the competitiveness of Japanese society is unbearable. The Japanese government has also launched a series of initiatives - between telephone lines and other services - to support potential suicide victims of all ages.

Still, last week, a 13-year-old killed himself on the opening day of the second semester. Ishi himself came very close to killing himself at this age. “I felt helpless, because I hated all the rules, not only those at school, but also those among children.

For example, you need to look carefully at the power structure to avoid the bullying", said. "Even so, if you decide not to join them, you risk becoming the next victim."

For him, however, the biggest problem is the competitiveness of Japanese society. He himself began to think about suicide when he failed to enter an elite school. “Worst of all is a competitive society, in which you have to defeat your friends.” Ishi adds that, in Japanese, the term used for entrance exams includes the word "war".

What saved him from death was that his parents found the suicide note and did not force him to go to school. "I want the children to know that you can escape from school, and that things will get better."

To understand more about suicide in Japan we recommend reading our article on truth about suicide in Japan.

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  1. Só acho que eles deviam reduzir essa rigidez toda que é desnessesária, tem que incentivar os alunos a estudarem e a quererem ir a escola ñ o contrario… se sentirem bem lá, e parar com essa competitividade extrema , afinal todos merecem ter a chance de crescer na vida….

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