Shame hampers Korea’s struggle against suicide

September 26, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Sept 26, 2012): South Korea’s efforts to curb its alarming suicide rate are being undermined by a deep-rooted belief that seeking help for mental problems leads to social and professional exclusion, health experts say.

Suicide, fuelled by an intense pressure for academic and career achievement, has become a perennial blight on a country whose rapid economic development has otherwise raised living standards and encouraged social mobility.

Figures released by the Health Ministry earlier this month showed South Korea’s 2009 suicide rate of 33.8 people per 100,000 was the highest among member nations of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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