South Korea has the second-highest suicide rate in the world according to the World Health Organization.
One of the reasons why people commit suicide is depression.
According to Merriam Webster,
- 1 a : the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of soundmind
b : ruin of one’s own interests <political suicide>
c : apoptosis <cell suicide>
- 2 : one that commits or attempts suicide
- 1 a : the angular distance of a celestial object below the horizon
b : the size of an angle of depression
- 2 : an act of depressing or a state of being depressed: as
a : a pressing down : lowering
b (1) : a state of feeling sad : dejection (2) : apsychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies
c (1) : a reduction in activity, amount, quality, or force (2) : a lowering of vitality or functionalactivity
- 3 : a depressed place or part : hollow
- 4 : low 1b
- 5 : a period of low general economic activity marked especially by rising levels of unemployment
Depression is a serious illness. It is not easy; it is about struggling to live when you don’t want to live.
Here are some of the Korean celebrities and personalities who comitted suicide.
Lee Eun Ju (이 은 주ㅅ)
Born on December 22, 1980, actress Lee Eun – Ju passed away on February 22, 2005 at the age of 24. She is a star of hits films including Taegukgi and The Scarlet Letter.
She died after committing suicide her apartment in Bundang, Seongnam. Based on reports, she slit her wrists and hanged herself. Her family blamed the act on servere bouts of depression and mental illness, and mentioned that the actress had been suffering from insomnia due to the nude scenes she had done in her film The Scarlet Letter.
“Mom I am sorry and I love you.”
Then in a separate note, she wrote ” I wanted to do too much. I’m not really alive. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed. It’s nice having money; I wanted to make money.”
Park Yong Ha (박 용 하)
Park Yong Ha used to be an actor-singer. He decided to end his life at the age of 32.
He did some Korean TV dramas and films. He also co-starred in Endless Love 2: Winter Sonata with Bae Yong-Joon and Choi Ji Woo. He was also a good singer in the “mysterious voice” behind Just For Yesterday, the hit theme song of SBS drama All In.
It was June 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m when his mother found his dead body hanging from a camcorder charger cable after committing suicide.
He did not leave a suicide note.
They think the main reason why he committed suicide was the pressures of his work, as well as the fact that his father had cancer.
Kim Daul (김 다울)
Aside from being an international fashion model from South Korea, Kim Daul is also a painter and a blogger. Her modelling career was given spotlight because she was regularly featured in magazines such as Bristh Vogue, 1-D and Dazed & Confused. She also made international catwalk debut at Paris Fashion Week last 2007. She is also consistenly hired by top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane to showcase their latest collections. Aside from modelling, she also held a solo exhibition of her artwork in South Korea.
It was the 19th of November 2009 at her 20th year of living when she was discovered hanging in her apartment in Paris. Like most celebrities who committed suicide, she suffered from loneliness, insomnia and depression. Kim Daul voiced in her personal thoughts and issues in her own weblog and expressed herself through her paintings. It was reported as well that she felt frustrated and overworked with the demands of the fashion insdustry for a long time.
A singer, rapper, dancer and actress named U;Nee was born on May 3, 1981 in Incheon, South Korea.
Her music career grew in 2003, and in 2005, she transformed her dance-pop style music into sexy R&B sound.
Unknown to many, U;Nee had a difficult childhood. She was born to an unwed mother. Her father died when she was young, so she was raised by her grandmother. At the age of 7, it was reported that she actually had an early development of depression.
At age 25, her grandmother found U;Nee hanging from a door frame after the former had to return from church service. Based on police investigation, U;Nee had suffered from depression and serious stress.
No suicide note was found, but on her website, this was written:
“I feel everything is empty. I am again walking down a path to reach a destination that I know.”
Jeong Da Bin (정 다 빈)
At the age of 26, Jeong Da Bin passed away by hanging herself. She was an actress. who acted with Kim Rae Won in a popular television series Rooftop Room Cat, AKA Attic Cat in 2003.
She was found hanging with a bath towel in the bathroom of her boyfriend’s house in Samseong-dong, Gangnam District on February 10, 2007. She was reportedly experiencing depression over her lack of work, and malicious attacks on the internet about of her physical apperance. Her boyfriend also revealed that Jeong Da Bin first tried to kill herself by cutting her wrist around September, the year before.
While no apparent suicide note was left behind, Jeong had posted her thoughts on her personal blog on Cyworld a day before she killed herself. Under the title “The End” (or “Finished”), she wrote:
“Everything is so complicated. I get angry for no reason and I feel like I’m going crazy. It hurts so much that I feel like I’m getting seasick. My head hurts so much that I start to tear. I was becoming a slave to my temper. I thought that I was losing myself, losing my identity. Then, as if lightning had struck, all became quiet. The Lord came to me with love. He made me realize my importance and gave me courage. I was about to collapse, and he lifted me up, saying it’s going to be okay. YES, I WILL BE OKAY.”
She was cremated, and her remains were placed at Cheonga Park in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province.
Choi Jin Sil (죄 진 실)
Also known as “The Nation’s Actress”, Choi Jin Sil had played leading roles in 18 films and 20 television dramas. At the age of 39, she died by suicide.
In 2000, her marriage life to Cho Sung-Min received widespread attention in South Korea. Her husband was a professional baseball player with Yomiuri Giants of Japan. They have a son and a daugther.
Choi Jin Sil declared herself as a victim of domestic violence in August 2004. The Supreme Court reversed a high court ruling and decided in favour of Choi. Her two children became defendants as heirs.
On October 2, 2008, she committed suicide by hanging at her home in Seoul.
After a year and a half, Choi Jin Young, Choi Jin Sil’s brother,..
..took his life by hanging himself with an electric cord in the attic of his apartment. Cho Jin Young was suffering from depression after his sister’s death. He is also an actor in South Korea. He died at the age of 39, the same number of years his sister Choi Jin Sil lived for.
On January 6, 2013, Choi Jin Sil’s ex-husband Cho Sung Min took his own life..
..by hanging himself in the bathroom of his girlfriend’s apartment. He died at 40.
He sent a text message to her mother with the words:
” It looks like is no way for me to live in Korea anymore. I am very sorry, but please think that you never had a son.”
And to her girlfriend, he left the words:
“My heart breaks that we can’t be together in the final moments of my life. Thank you for everything. Hang tough even after I am gone.”
Depression is one of the most-widespread problems that our mental health may suffer from.
We leave you with these notable quotes, and sharing these with your struggling friends would be great help.
“There was a moment in my life when I really wanted to kill myself. And there was one other moment when I was close to that… But even in my most jaded times, I had some hope.”
– Gerard Way
“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
“When it is darkest, we can see the stars.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson