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
Number of inhabitants in the community: 89,189（as of Nov. 2018）
Safe Community Program started year: 2006
◆International Safe Communities Network Membership:
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
Phone (country code included): +81- 771-25-5097
Info address on www for the institution: http://www.city.kameoka.kyoto.jp