Tokyo Zoo Offers Itself up as Refuge for Anyone Suffering From Depression

first_img As summer slowly begins to fade into fall and then later winter, it can affect some people differently. Some succumb to terrible depression as the seasons change, some become anxious about school, work, and other difficulties of everyday life. Some are just unhappy and anxious in general, which is completely normal. With proper treatment and support, these feelings can be overcome, and it does get better, but unfortunately, some individuals end up taking their own lives because they don’t feel strong enough to cope anymore. Youth suicide, tragically, has been on the rise in Japan, which is an even sadder prospect.That’s why one zoo in Tokyo is working to make anyone who feels upset or depressed or anxious or anyone who feels like they can’t escape the situation they’re in now that the zoo can be their sanctuary. The zoo sent out a special treat that you can see below on August 30, no doubt addressing the rise of youth suicide in the country:学校に行きたくないと思い悩んでいるみなさんへアメリカバクは敵から逃げる時は、一目散に水の中へ飛び込みます逃げる時に誰かの許可はいりません。脇目も振らず逃げて下さいもし逃げ場所がなければ、動物園にいらっしゃい。人間社会なんぞに縛られないたくさんの生物があなたを待っていますから— 上野動物園[公式] (@UenoZooGardens) August 30, 2017Translated by RocketNews4, the tweet reads:“To everyone who’s feeling distressed about going back to school,When running away from predators, the American tapir dives straight into the water.You don’t need anyone’ permission to run away. Please, when you need to run, run.If you have nowhere to run to, please come to the zoo. There are many animals, who aren’t bound by the unhappy aspects of human society, waiting for you.”The zoo is meant to be a safe place and a reflective area where you can go and see the animals and perhaps feel encouraged and supported by all the animals there. It’s tough to read these kind words and not feel a little moved by the entire sentiment, or the comments shared by some that the zoo can not only be a peaceful place, but somewhere anyone can go to seek respite from a frustrating and sometimes scary world.If you’re experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide, it is our suggestion that you please seek help. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and there’s always support to be found out there, even if you’re far away from the Ueno Zoo.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img

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