An attentive ear can transform lives and, in some cases, save them. Vickie Skorji understands this better than most.
As director of TELL Lifeline, a multilingual counseling and support service in Japan, she oversees 120 volunteer support workers, who listen and offer guidance through a phone and online chat service.
“As more foreigners work, study, live and grow old in Japan, and with the World Health Organization’s prediction that depression will become the leading cause of disability worldwide, the Lifeline and TELL’s services are more important than ever,” she says.
Members have the chance to ensure that those in need have somewhere to turn at this annual fundraiser.
Once again, Eastern Carpets and the Women's Group will host a relaxed evening of education and bidding for exquisite, handwoven carpets and rugs from Asia and the Middle East. In turn, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to TELL Lifeline.
“In 2018, TELL found itself in financial crisis, despite the increasing demand for mental health services in Japan,” Skorji says. “Thanks to the support of the community, we are still here and delivered more support and services than ever.”