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Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has told reporters that 15,000 people year kill themselves in South Korea. This means country has highest suicide rate of any developed nation in world. Another 100,000 people end up in hospital after trying to commit suicide. Every day, about 43 Koreans take their own life. Ministry said that biggest reason is stress at school or work. Other reasons include loneliness, and sadness when another family member commits suicide. church official said high rate is danger to Korean society because country’s birth rate is so low. He said: "If high suicide trend continues, whole society could find itself on edge of cliff."

This growing problem is made worse because of copycat behaviour when celebrity commits suicide in Korea. Research shows that suicide rates jumps around 30 per cent in two months after celebrity suicide. News reports of star’s suicide can result in 600 Koreans ending their own life. Many people say television is to blame because it spends too much time reporting on news of suicides and this gives people idea they too can end their life. The Korea Times newspaper said government should do more to help people. It said: “To lower suicide rate, Korea should become more compassionate and caring society even at expense of slower-growing economy.”

 


 
 

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