South Korean citizens mourn for deceased President Roh Moo-hyun at a memorial altar in Roh’s hometown of Bonghwa village in Gimhae.
As detailed in Korea Today, South Korean citizens have made an effort to increase suicide prevention and education in their local communities in order to emphasize the importance and value of life. One such example is the awareness program “Love Life While Walking Overnight!” You can raise awareness about suicide prevention and help those in your local town or city through a number of organizations or visit the World Health Organization’s International Association for Suicide Prevention to see how you can make a difference in South Korea and other countries abroad.
Not only does South Korea’s suicide rate, as of 2011, exceed Japan’s, but it is one of the highest in the world. If the suicide rates for both North and South Korea are combined, thus considering the entire Korean Peninsula, the region far transcends Lithuania, which has the most suicides per 100,000 people in world. The problem is present at every level of Korean society, in which even the former South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun and the beautiful daughter of the head Samsung chief executive, Lee Yoon-hyung, have taken their lives due to psychological despair. What is even more unsettling is that the rate continues to rise nearly every year and has increased by over 30% since the 1990s. Hopeful as the world progresses into the twentieth first century these figures and severe acts of emotional trauma will be engaged and decrease, especially in the highly susceptible Korean Peninsula and former Eastern Bloc.