External Wellbeing Resources

Resources from Tokyo English Lifeline Line (TELL) from Bullying, through Culture shock to Sexual Identity and Transgender information.


Resilience Project

One of our philosophies at the Ganjuu service is that each of us can gain in skills, strengths, knowledge and wisdom when we meet challenges, adversity and failure.

Stanford University has put together an inspiring collection of stories of resilience where people share what they have learned and gained through challenging experiences. Titles such as “The ‘F’ that opened doors”, ”On Imposter Syndrome”, “Dealing with Depression”, “On Creativity and Criticism” will give you a taste of what you may find. Share in the discovery that success comes sometimes because of failure, not despite it. Check it out – it is a really good resource!


See what other Universities within the Resilience Consortium are doing, and check out some other resources on this page: http://resilienceconsortium.bsc.harvard.edu/

Check your mood and stress

Take this short online survey (in English) if you want to get an indication of your mood and stress level. Provided by the National Health Service in the UK.  Any results are not a substitute for an assessment by a qualified Health Professional.

If anyone in the OIST community wants to discuss their results further, please contact the Team at the Ganjuu Wellbeing service: ganjuu@oist.jp or Tel: 098-982-3327


Links to a comprehensive set of self-help resources, from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach, covering a diverse range of issues including:

assertiveness, perfectionism, procrastination, worries and anxieties, tolerating distress, mood issues, body image and eating issues.


also link to Relaxation audio files

Kokoro no mimi by Japan Ministry of Health, Labour, and Walfare (Japanese)



Everyday Healthy Living by U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (English)

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

These are evidence-based ways to take action to improve your wellbeing. They are valid practices for everyone - you do not have to be experiencing difficulties for these to be beneficial. This is a link to the New Economics Foundation, an organisation in the UK which aims to promote social, economic and environmental justice who give more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing. (In English).

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Action for Happiness 

A movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.  Filled with resources, articles and ways to get involved. They build upon the Five ways to Wellbeing by adding further suggested actions in their 10 keys to Happier Living and have lots of  ideas for actions you can take to spread happiness at work, at home and in your community. (In English).

Action for Happiness

Link to a website which provides a selection of relaxing moving images and soundtacks. Use these as an opportunity to engage with developing practices of calmness and inner stillness, even within a stressful working day.

Bite Back

An Australian site with resources and blogs offering ways to improve Resilience, Wellbeing and Mental Fitness. (in English)

Bite Back

Free Apps for iPhone





In Flow

Values Ink

The Now


Free Apps for Android


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STOP, BREATHE & THINK APP - Emotional Wellness Everyday

Take few minutes to practice mindfulness and meditation. It also helps you practice and develop kindness and compassion in your daily life.





Take the Free Character Strengths Test - Live your best life.

This is an external link from VIA Institute on Character. The test has multiple language options. It consists of 24 different strengths, and your top 5 strengths would be your “Signature Strengths”. Research suggests that utilizing these strengths can improve your overall wellbeing. There are 120 questions which takes 10-15 minutes to complete.