Momo and the Seven Papagenos

In the context of this program, "Papagenos" are people who have thoughts of suicide, but discover their own reasons and philosophies to make different choices and live. Media research has revealed that sharing the stories of people with experiences like these can help prevent suicide. This was named the "Papageno Effect" after the character from the opera "The Magic Flute."

Twenty-five-year-old Momo has friends. Her parents live some distance away, but they sometimes get together to dine out. She dates an acceptable guy, and they share drinks at home. She apologizes to unreasonable clients over the phone at work and hones her ability to keep things civil with coworkers at drinks after work. This perfectly ordinary life means Momo doesn't immediately notice a nagging feeling: "I want to die." For her, it's a phrase she must never say aloud. One summer, unable to bear the thought of the coming Monday, Momo takes a day off from work. She begins to visit other people who struggle with thoughts of suicide, but have discovered alternatives and choose to live instead. She connects with these "Papagenos" through social media. Over the course of her difficult journey, Momo herself begins to discover other choices beyond death.



Information and Support: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
If you, or someone you know, needs help or advice on mental health issues or suicide prevention, the following organizations may be able to provide you or them. (You will go out of NHK sites.)


Samaritans
Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.
https://www.samaritans.org/


Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, text-based mental health support and crisis intervention to support people in their moments of need.
https://www.crisistextline.org


ikizurabit
You may get more information and support in Japanese at the following organization through Line, a text based communication app.
https://yorisoi-chat.jp/


The following NHK site provides more information in Japanese:
https://www.nhk.or.jp/heart-net/topics/7/
And the following site provides more information about Papagenoes in Japanese:
https://nhk.jp/papageno