South Korea’s government has come up with a report stating that the country has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. The numbers have been found to have doubled in 10 years.
The question now is why are there more South Koreans killing themselves?
In fact, the more appropriate question would be: Why is suicide the leading cause of death among South Koreans in their 20s and 30s?
What could have drove 20-year old model Daul Kim to end her life at her apartment in Paris, when she was living a glamorous life, making appearances at fashion weeks around the world, modeling for leading designers, including Chanel and Alexander McQueen?
Why would Park Yong-ha, a celebrity in his 30s with large following in Japan and other Asian countries, hang himself with an electrical cord, when he was so successful both as singer and an actor?
Film stars Lee Eun-joo and Choi Jin-sil also are said to have committed suicide in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
Is the pressure of getting famous taking a toll on their senses and sanity?
South Korea is progressive as a country today that it has not seen nor experienced the mass lay-offs and economic stagnation which were blamed for suicide rates in neighboring Japan. In fact, their citizens are all over the world, including the Philippines, where it harbors a great number of them, putting up their own English schools or doing other businesses.
Some South Korean observers say that it is not unusual that young people contemplating of committing suicide turn to the internet sites to form suicide groups.
As a solution to this menacing problem, the South Korean parliament passed a law giving the government more responsibility for preventing suicides.
Since then several new initiatives have been launched including the installation of emergency phones on bridges and, according to local media, plans for a nationwide series of suicide prevention centers.