Episode 2. Japanese Law and culture, and Depression

In Episode 2 I speak to a Canadian Father  about his 3 Daughters and the problems with Japanese family law.
This episode also contains a tribute to Chris Cornell, one of my musical heroes. And discuss how the affects of depression and how it can affect all of us.
Music Credit. ‘Black Hole Sun’ (acoustic) Chris Cornell
Apologies for the echo in the sound during the interview section.

As many LBP’s suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide the following is a list of hotlines and webpages to reach out to when you’re in need. Depression DOES NOT have to be a life sentence. Your kids will not see you again if you’re not here.



Lifeline. 131 114

Beyond Blue. 1300 22 46 36

New Zealand

  • LifeLine NZ  09-5222-999 within Auckland
  • LifeLine NZ  0800-543-354 outside Auckland


The Samaritans  08457-90-90-90

Breathing Space Tel: Helpline 0800 83 85 87 Mon-Thu 6pm-2am, weekends Fri 6pm-Mon 6am Free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. Managed by NHS 24, it listens, offers advice and provides information.

CALL (Community Advice & Listening Line) Tel: Helpline 0800 132 737 24 hours, 7 days a week or text ‘help’ to: 81066 Mental health helpline for Wales, offering a confidential listening, support and information service for anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) Tel: Helpline 0800 585858 5pm-midnight 365 days a year Email: PO Box 68766, London SE1P 4JZ Registered charity which seeks to prevent male suicide. Provides information and support through helpline and webchat.

SupportLine Tel: Helpline 01708 765200 Email: PO Box 2860, Ilford, Essex, RM7 1JA Confidential telephone helpline, offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

  • CHILDLINE  0800-1111
  • Family Line  0808-800-5678
  • Papyrus Hopeline  0870-1704000

Northern Ireland

  • Childline  1-800-666-666 -0800-1111
  • Contact Youth (counselling for young People)  028-90457848
  • Samaritans:  1-850-60-90-90 (National number charged at local call rates
  • Young Persons Advice line:  0808-808 5678
  • Youthline:  0808-808 8000
  • Zest for the prevention of suicide Londonderry – 028-71266999


  • Age Scotland:  0845-125-9732
  • Breathing Space Scotland:  0800-83-85-87 – particularly for young men who may be feeling suicidal
  • Edinburgh Crisis Centre:  0808-801-0414
  • Interactions Counseling & Support Services:  01592-262869
  • Lothian LGBT Helpline:  0131-556-4049
  • NHS 24 HR Helpline:  08454-24-24-24
  • NHS INFORM Scotland Helpline:  0800-22-44-88
  • The Samaritans:  08457-90-90-90


Crisis Text Line 741 741

Suicide Prevention Services. 800 273 8255

The Trevor Project Lifeline 866-488-7386

U.S. National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK


The Lifeline Canada Foundation

Alberta Crisis Line 403-266-4357

British Columbia Crisis Line 1-800-SUICIDE

British Columbia Mental Health Support 310-6789


National crisis line  01-45-39-40-00


  • Beijing – Befrienders 03-5286-9090
  • Hong Kong – The Samaritans 2896-0000
  • Shanghai – Life Line 021-6279-8990


  • SNEHA A Link With Life 91-44-2464-0050


  • Befrienders Osaka  81-066-260-4343
  • Children & Families  03-4550-1146
  • Counseling Center  03-4550-1146
  • Life Line Tokyo  03-5774-0992


  • National crisis line  0900-1450



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