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Stories That You Can Help To TELL

Have you ever needed someone to talk to? Have you ever been in distress and not known where to turn, or even felt like ending your own life?

Thousands answer ‘yes’ to these questions every day in Japan, and turn to TELL for support. The stories on this website are based on the themes that many of the users who reach out to TELL are struggling with every day across Japan.

1 in 4 people, 1 in 5 in the workplace, and 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Most don't receive any support, leaving them vulnerable and alone, especially overnight and in the early hours of the morning. TELL Lifeline’s goal is to run 7/24, your collective help could make it a reality.

You can help by making a monthly micro-donation of ¥500, or simply share the stories with people around you.

After all, Haley, Steve, Yuki...all of them are part of us. We wish all of the characters a happier story with your generous help.

The Artists


Odding Wang


Odding is a digital design director from China, based in Japan. As the creative director of this website, she also contributed “Haley Has A Secret” and “Alone in Akita” as an artist.


Jun-Pierre Shiozawa


Born in the USA to French and Japanese parents, Jun-Pierre has lived in France, Japan, Ireland and Greece where he taught painting and drawing for eight years at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Greece. He currently resides in Nice, France where he works as an illustrator and artist.




Born and raised in Japan but somehow speaks Australian English, Miu is a queer graphic designer and an illustrator based in Tokyo. Her works always express the importance of self-love.


Julia Nascimento


Julia Nascimento is a Brazilian illustrator and comics creator living in Tokyo since 2010. She is the co-founder of ToCo – the Tokyo Collective, and has great interest in collaborations and telling stories through images.

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