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A suicide-prevention hotline in Fukushima Prefecture received a record 18,194 calls in 2013, signaling that scars from the events of March 2011 still weigh heavily on residents’ minds.

Counselors at the hotline say consultations related to the triple disaster still stand out from the other issues.

In addition, experts say the content of the consultations has changed over time. Unlike the first days of the natural and man-made disasters, when new supply lines were in dire need, today’s callers often discuss issues regarding their mental distress with the events of 3/11.

Counselors said the most recent topics range from arguments between spouses over whether to leave Fukushima because of the radiation, to the way fathers feel estranged from their families after being forced to move out of the house to find work.

Furthermore, a sense of loss and isolation, as well as pessimism about life in general, have recently stood out, the counselors said, adding that many used to mention “a sense of unity” and “the preciousness of life” in the early stage of the disasters.
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Fukushima hotline gets record calls (Japan Times)

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