With an academic background in behavioral sciences and neuropsychology as well as a wealth of experience in patient care, Australia-born Vickie Skorji seems a perfect fit for her role as Lifeline director of TELL. But finding her way in Japan as a trailing spouse has not been altogether smooth sailing.
After facing challenges in her career head on, Skorji has used them to help her better understand and support those who contact the non-profit organization on its telephone and chat lines.
This month, which is Suicide Prevention Month in Japan, she shares with Savvy Tokyo why the TELL Lifeline is so important, how we should think about mental health and what readers can do to help over the next few weeks and beyond.
What brought you to Japan?
My husband. I thought I could continue my studies as I had only to finish some placements to complete a specialist qualification in neuropsychology but