South Korea has the highest suicide rates among the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2016. Suicide rate in South Korea has drastically increased since 2000. The government of South Korea vowed to lower the suicide rate in the next five years. Check out this article by The Korea Herald.
“According to a set of comprehensive measures finalized during a Cabinet meeting, the government aims to decrease the rate to 17 per 100,000 by 2022. The suicide rate in Asia’s fourth-largest economy has sharply increased since 2000, bucking the global trend of declining suicide rates over the past two decades. The government said it will collect data on all of the 70,000 people who took their own lives over the past five years to scientifically analyze the cause behind their deaths. Suicide has emerged as a major concern in the nation in recent years, sparking calls to better assist those afflicted with high level of stress. Based on the result of the analysis, the government said it will train 1 million people to help those suffering from depression and assist them with psychologists or other kinds of experts.”
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