I will write a few posts on this as it is important and I dont think one blog post is enough to explain the views and efforts made into suicide prevention and mental health.
As the suicide rates are getting higher than before in Japan, a lot of emphasis as been put into suicide prevention and educating as many people as possible on mental health. In elementary school, the children are too young but from Junior High school and onwards, most schools have at least one or more school counsellors. There is a lesson called 保健 (Hoken) with teaches children about how to have a healthy lifestyle, how to maintain it and how to manage things like stress and relationships. At the beginning of Junior High, we were all given a card with the number for the help hotline (not the suicide one but this one is just so that you can call and have a chat and hopefully come out feeling a lot better).
But, unfortunately suicide, depression and mental health is still somewhat in the shadows. It is something that is rarely talked about at home. Not many Japanese homes talk about it despite being aware of it. Recently more emphasis has been put on parents discussing these topics with their children through media and schools. The government has started to fund more and more organisations that aid in awareness and educating people on the topic.