Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
It’s obvious to some Chinese that not everything in Japan is worth imitating.
Japan has a suicide every 16 minutes or so.
Shanghai is setting up a suicide hotline to help teenagers in crisis.
Japan had more than 600 teenagers or younger take their own life last year.
A young Chinese girl wrote –
“I can only say sorry now. At midnight, surrounded by dark air, I touch my stomach, where a life is growing. How can I involve an innocent life in my situation now?
“Only a few days left. I’ve started to seal myself up, leaving no way out. My baby, I am a filthy mom.”
Shanghai wants to help her and others like her.
There is already a teenage hotline for counseling and crisis management but the social workers think a line devoted to suicide is necessary.
Let’s see…which is easier, giving kids in crisis another phone number to remember or training counselors at the other end of a hotline how to refer them to the right person to talk?
Whatever it takes to keep another young person from taking their own life is worth trying.
Do you know a teenager who has taken their own life?