If you feel you are currently in crisis and would like to talk to someone, please contact the Tokyo English Lifeline through their call center (03-5774-0992, 9 AM to 11 PM every day) or chat service (https://telljp.com/lifeline/tell-chat/, 10:30 PM to 2 AM Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
We understand that the experience of living with and managing mental illness is highly variable and know that many of these resources are not applicable to everybody. However, we hope to share as much information as possible with you in the hope that, if necessary, you can find the support you need.
Before you travel
While you travel
If you would like to talk to someone or locate counseling or psychiatric services:
If you have a mental health emergency:
Under Japanese law, there are three means by which a patient can be involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric hospital:
Sochi Nyuin: Hospitalization order by the prefectural governor
Iryo Hogo Nyuin: Hospitalization for medical care and protection
Kinkyu Sochi Nyuin: Emergency hospitalization
Hospitals and Counseling services in the Tokyo area that deal with foreigners with mental health issues :
Please make reservations by phone at 03-3303-8379.
For new patients seeking consultation or emergency hospitalization, please call 050-5526-6567.
Medical Consultations are available, please call 03-3303-7211 and ask to connect to the Social Recovery Support Unit and Health and Welfare Counseling, though language capability may be limited.
For inpatient process and information, please read here.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00
Address: 2-1-1 Kamikitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0057 (Access map)
Accepts payment by credit card
This hospital does have many foreign patients, but their English capabilities may be limited depending on who is staffing at the time.
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-12:00; 13:30-17:00
Address: 5-9-22 Higashi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-8625
English operator available, three English interpreters available at International Division. However, this hospital requires a referral letter from a local clinic in order to admit a patient, but they can introduce you to a local clinic if you call them.
TELL Counseling, Tel: 03-4550-1146
Professional face-to-face counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families in Tokyo and Yokohama. TELL Counseling accepts Cigna International and Tricare. TELL Counseling offers a sliding scale of fees for services, depending on income level, and has distance counseling services available for those outside the Tokyo area.
International Mental Health Professionals Japan
This organization offers an online, searchable database of mental health professionals throughout Japan. You can search for a care provider in a number of ways, including by location or languages spoken.
A non-profit that matches foreigners to healthcare providers that match their needs and language, including psychiatrists and psychologists.
Tokyo Counseling Services
Offers individual counseling, family therapy, couples counseling, and group therapy in English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese, as well as long-distance Skype counseling.
Tokyo Mental Health
English-speaking and UK-licensed Psychiatry and Counseling clinic in Akasaka and Shintomi; psychological testing also available.
English-speaking online counseling available.
For locations outside Tokyo area, please refer to our list of hospitals.
If you’re worried about someone else: You may contact the embassy to share your concerns, and we will try to contact the person, but remember that we cannot share information with you unless permission is expressly given. Click here for U.S. Government’s Privacy considerations.