While most JET participants live happy and healthy lives in Japan, the JET Program recognizes the importance of having mental health support ready and accessible. Below is a list of free services and financial aid programs available to JET Program participants.
JET Online Counselling Service
JET participants are also able to receive professional counselling for free through Web Mail and Skype, as part of the JET Online Counselling Service established by CLAIR. Please ask your Prefectural Advisers, contracting organisation, or Host Prefecture/Designated City for more information.
JET Mental Health Counselling Assistance Program
With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET participants, CLAIR offers the JET Mental Health Counselling Assistance Program. This program provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to ¥20,000 per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance. The coverage period is from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. For further information, please ask your contacting organization.
AJET PSG (AJET Peer Support Group) 050-5534-5566 or Skype at username “AJETPSG”
This group of JET participant volunteers is affiliated to National AJET. A member of the PSG is available at night from 20:00 to 07:00, 365 days a year via telephone or Skype. All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous.
TELL (Tokyo English Life Line) 03-5774-0992
TELL is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1973. It offers free and anonymous phone counseling and information daily from 9:00am to 11:00pm.