Though, the economic development made by South Korea has helped the nation raise its living standards. A recent report has uncovered that despite its equal efforts to reduce suicide rates, the country has failed to do so.
The rates were found to be the highest amongst the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s all other member nations. In 2009, 33.8 people per 100 000 was noted as the suicidal rate by the Health Ministry.
The reason behind the hike in rates is being claimed to be the firm belief of people that discussing mental problems with others often results in social exclusion or sometimes even professional one, the report says.
Initially, suicides were seen on increase due to a pressure in terms of academic and career achievement. But, the belief is even boosting the same further, making suicide a perennial blight. It has been found that Hungary is following South Korea and both are being followed by Japan with 22.2% suicidal rate.
However, a law was introduced in March, which included a nationwide survey with a 24-hour emergency call service. But, health officials said counseling could only help in a limited way.
As per the findings, short-term preventive methods like CCTV cameras on bridges and website-monitoring are now being adopted.
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