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Suicide Prevention Awareness Events 自殺予防啓発イベント ~Taking care of yourself and each other~ 「自分自身とお互いを大切にしよう」

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Suicide Prevention Awareness Events 自殺予防啓発イベント

~Taking care of yourself and each other~ 「自分自身とお互いを大切にしよう」

  • Monday September 11th, from 11:30-13:30 at Café Area
  • 9月11日(月)11 時半~13 時半、カフェのあたり

【September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month】

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th , Suicide Prevention Week in Japan from 10th -16th September, and R U ok? Day on September 14th , Ganjuu Wellbeing Service will hold a fundraising stall for Tokyo English Lifeline (TELL) on Monday September 11th, from 11:30-13:30 at Café Area. TELL provides suicide prevention lifeline services in Japan, both in English and Japanese. Please join us for some handmade baked goods, read some informative posters, get some TELL materials, and chat with Ganjuu clinicians. All are welcome. We encourage you to wear yellow on that day, to show support for Suicide Prevention Day!


[9 月は自殺防止啓発月間です]

9 月 10 日の「世界自殺予防デー」、9 月 10 日~16 日の「自殺予防週間」、 9月 14 日の「R U ok? デー」にちなんで、 9月11日(月)11 時半~13 時半、カフェのあたりで 東京英語いのちの電話(TELL)のための募金活動を行います。 TELL は日本語と英語両方で自殺予防ホットラインのサービスを提供しています。焼 き菓子をご用意しておりますのでぜひお立ち寄りください。ポスターを読んだり、 TELL のグッズをもらったり、Ganjuu の心理士とお話したりすることができます。 どなたでも大歓迎です。 当日は黄色い服を着て、 自殺予防デーをサポートしましょう!


Up Coming Events

⚫ TELL Talk (Sep. 14th) 11:30-12:00 @C210. Saya from TELL Okinawa will give us a short presentation on their work and share with us their resources.

⚫ TELL Step Up Challenge (Oct. 2nd) 11:00-13:00 @Meet at LAB4 Join us in honoring the 21,881 people who lost their lives to suicide in Japan last year by taking action to raise awareness and funds while creating hope! We will aim to walk 21,881 steps around OIST campus.

⚫ Suicide Prevention Workshop (Nov. 27) 11:00-12:00 @C209 Presented by Nagata from Okinawa Lifeline, to raise awareness about suicide prevention.



⚫ TELL トーク (9 月 14 日) 11:30-12:00 @C210 TELL 沖縄のサヤさんを迎え、TELL 沖縄の活動 や、リソースについてお話していただきます。

⚫ TELL ステップアップチャレンジ (10 月 2 日) 11:00-13:00 @LAB4 前に集合 昨年日本で自殺により命を落とした 21,881 人に 敬意を表し、OIST キャンパス周辺を 21,881 歩 歩くことを目指します。

⚫ 自殺予防ワークショップ (11 月 27 日) 11:00-12:00 @C209 沖縄いのちの電話の長田理事長を講師に迎え、自 殺予防について学びます


Autism as an invisible disability: What you see is NOT everything

Seminar room, Seaside House


Autism as an invisible disability: What you see is NOT everything

A lack of societal understanding and acceptance of autism is a serious issue that is associated with loneliness and mistreatments of autistic people in criminal justice system or employment. Autism is not a disorder or impairment that needs to be treated or cured. What needs to be changed is the societal understanding of autism.

In this talk, from the societal model and neurodiversity paradigm, I will highlight lived experiences of autistic people including my own and latest research and cover topics such as sociality, loneliness, and mental health in autism. There will be a Q&A session at the end.


Dr Kana Grace

Kana is an English-Japanese bilingual psychologist specializing in Autism. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at University College London where she completed her PhD, and a research collaborator at Autism Spectrum Australia. She has been featured in major media such as BBC, Scientist, and Spectrum. Kana is autistic and an ADHDer, and is passionate about advocacy for autism and neurodiversity.


1,000 yen/person

I will send you the details via email.


Please email to

  • Email title: "talk"
  • Email text: please write down your preffered session (English or Japanese) and numbers of people who are coming.
  • I will reply to you to confirm your booking.
  • First-come-first-served basis of 20 capacity


Seminar Room, Seaside House, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)

Date and time:

Saturday, July 29

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Japanese

14:00 pm - 15:15 pm English

I will do the same talk at different times. Choose the one you prefer!








Dr Kana Grace (カナ・グレイス博士)

カナは、自閉症専門の英日バイリンガル心理学者です。現在、博士号を取得したユニバーシティカレッジロンドンの自閉症研究所の名誉研究員・オーストラリアの自閉症チャリティー団体Autism Spectrum Australiaの共同研究者です。BBC, Scientist, Spectrum など国外の主要なメディアでも注目される自閉症研究者・活躍家です。カナは、自閉症・ADHD当事者で自閉症・ニューロダイバーシティの護活動に熱意を持っています。


博士, ユニバーシティカレッジロンドン, 英国

修士(カウンセリング心理学), ボストンカレッジ, 米国

PgCert(自閉症), シェフィールドハラム大学, 英国



  • 1000円/1人
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11:00 am - 12:15 pm 日本語

14:00 pm - 15:15 pm 英語


Ganjuu Open House

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

Ganjuu Open House

Friday July 14th 2-4PM
Please join us for tea, coffee, and home baking!
Bring yourself, your colleagues, your families, and share some time, talk, and listen to others.
All are welcome :)
Location: Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

A New Paradigm: Pain Recovery is Possible Dr. Les Aria/ 慢性疼痛の回復への新たな視点 レス・アリア博士

C209 and Zoom

This presentation will cover a new perspective on the definition of chronic pain, coupled with the new brain studies postulating that emotional and physical pains share the same neural networks.

Ganjuu Open House

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service

Ganjuu Open House

Friday, December 9th *4:00-5:30 PM*

Please join us for tea, coffee, and home baking! Bring yourself, your colleagues, your families and share some time, talk and listen to others. Come and see our new location! All are welcome :)


*Our location is now at the Former President's House by faculty housing and Lab 5.

The Science of Safety: Understanding the Role of the Nervous System in Our Mental Health


We will take a closer look at the autonomic nervous system and the way our biology helps us navigate daily life, how we respond to cues of safety and danger below the level of conscious thought, and how this guides the way we move through the world, from turning toward and backing away, to connecting and other times isolating.


Managing Stress and Improving Wellbeing

Lab 4 E01

Find out about the causes and effects of stress and hear about evidence-based ideas to help you improve and maintain wellbeing. Includes a talk by Dr. Yamamoto, OIST Occupational Doctor and Okinawan Psychiatrist about health and career balance based on the characteristics of Okinawa.


STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

STEP Up for Mental Health Challenge

Do you want to support positive mental health and wellbeing?  Do you also want to increase your steps count? 

If so, then join the Ganjuu Team on Tuesday 4th October 2022 from 11am-1pm to complete the Tell Step Up for Mental Health Challenge organized by Tell Lifeline.  For World Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Awareness Day we hope you will join us in walking 21,007 steps in honor of the 21,007 lives lost to suicide last year in Japan. 

You can organize and register a team of up to 4 people using the link below. Regardless of whether you register a team you can join us on Tuesday 4th October to do the step up challenge.  We plan to meet at 11am outside the entrance to Lab 4 and we can walk the challenge together around the grounds surrounding OIST.

Ganjuu Center Relocation

2022-09-28 to 2022-09-29
Former President's House

Ganjuu Wellbeing Service is moving!

Our new location will be the Former Presidents House near the faculty housing and Lab5. The move will take place on 28th-29th Sept. The service will be temporarily closed but will be open on Monday 3rd October.

We hope to see you there.