Suicide in South Korea

By HB (16 years old)

Image credit: fromkoreawithlove.org

 

Suicide cases in South Korea have increased dramatically over the recent years.  Every day, 40 South Koreans committed suicide.  As such, the country now has the highest suicide rate among the OECD countries.

Those who committed suicide vary from young to old and rich to poor. More than 10 public figures had killed themselves in the past eight years. Amongst them were well-known figures, professional footballers, Korean pop stars, movie stars and a former president, Mr. Roh Moo Hyun.

Self-annihilation has also become an alarming trend among the teenagers. Older teens face immense competition from their peers and are often saddled with tons of homework and numerous projects. More often than not, these youngsters find themselves dangerously distressed by not being able to meet their parents’ high expectations of achieving good grades. When they couldn’t take the stress anymore, they choose to terminate their lives.

School bullying is another chief reason for suicide. Bullying is rampant in South Korean schools.  Park Han-wool, a 17-year-old high-school student was bullied for six years before he tried to end his life. Fortunately, the police managed to persuade him to give up his suicidal attempt. He cited intentional isolation from other classmates, beatings during school trips and being locked up in the classroom as some of the frequent horrors he faced at school.

Suicide websites encouraging people to take their lives is another worrying trend and it unsettles the government and the public at large. These websites draw in many depressed folks to form an online suicide pact.  An internet suicide happens when several people discuss and plan online to die together on a specified date. Often enough, they truly fulfilled their intentions. To prevent any further group suicides, the South Korean government has recruited 100 workers to uncover suicide websites and close them.

Suiciders are a selfish lot. They thoughtlessly and impulsively ended their own lives in order to solve their so-called misery without thinking about the deep anguish and hurt that they would cause their loved ones. Instead of committing suicide to escape from their troubles, they should solve their troubles by seeking help from others. While some suiciders do try and seek help, they did it in such a reticent manner that nobody knew what the matter was.  John Lennon once said, “When you’re drowning, you don’t say, ‘I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,’ you just scream.”

 

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About Katherine

Just a female who has time to do a bit of pondering and musing. Otherwise, I am on an interesting journey down the path to being a senior citizen.
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