Suicide Rescue Team for Suicide Forest (Aokigahara) in Koshu, Japan
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After seeing recent headlines, I wanted to take action and make this petition. I am asking you all to sign this petition in order for there to be an official, active, suicide rescue team installed for the Aokigahara forest, also known as the suicide forest. This video of a suicide rescue team in South Korea inspired what the team's goal should strive for:
Countries like Japan South Korea have some of the highest suicide rates in the world and this is an issue that is very important to take action on.
This forest is nicknamed the suicide forest because of the amount of people that go in there every year with the intent to either attempt or commit suicide. Dead bodies and nooses are scattered in various areas of the forest and even signs put by the police have messages like "Your life is a precious gift from your parents".
About 100 or more people enter to commit suicide a year. Numbers only increase.
However, I do not think signs, warnings, and a few search patrols are enough to effectively prevent suicide especially since suicide still happens especially and mostly amongst young people.
With your help, I'm sure we can prevent more of these unfortunate situations in at least one community. If this petition reaches its goal and gets put into action, these are the three main things the rescue committee/team would do:
1) Actively be on watch and rescue for suspicious victims entering the forest during the day AND during night.
2) Actively search for bodies and include clean up.
3) Provide counseling for public and for team members.
We can take action to save lives. Please sign this petition. Thank you.
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