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Good example - Suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention

Kameoka has provided evidence of promising reductions in suicide rates.  This is an area of common and serious mortality and morbidity across the world, but especially Asia and Japan.   Accordingly, it is very important to share your achievements and learnings with other communities.

Good scientific evidence of what works is lacking in this area.  Important factors seem to be;

  • increased community awareness,
  • early identification of at risk individuals,
  • improved access to support services,
  • cross-sectorial engagement involving communities, health professionals, researchers and administrators and a
  • multi-strategic approach.

Kameoka’s suicide program decmonstrated all these critical elements.  There was strategic involvement of all stakeholders.  Based on research your programs targeted the two leading causes of suicide in your community, mental health problems.

The certifiers believe it would be most helpful to share your learnings and success with other safe communities throughout the world by completing our example of good practice form (JISC should be able to help you with this).

Your academic colleagues may also wish to consider writing up your programs for academic publication.



Name of the Community: Kameoka City

Country: Japan

Number of inhabitants in the community: 89,189(as of Nov. 2018)

Safe Community Program started year: 2006


◆International Safe Communities Network Membership:

Designation year:2008,2013,2018

Name of the Certifying Centre: Asian Certifying Centre

Info address on www for the Program : Yes


◆For further information contact:

Name: Hisafumi Morikawa/ Haruki Okada/Eriko Matsunaga/Hiroki Kawakatsu

Institution: Safe Community Group of Community Disaster Prevention Section, General Affairs Department, Kameoka City

Address:8 Nonogami, Yasumachi, Kameoka, Kyoto JAPAN  

Zip code: 621-8501

City: Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture

Country: Japan

Phone (country code included): +81- 771-25-5097

Fax: +81-771-24-5501


Info address on www for the institution: