The Death of K-POP Star has Once Again Raised the Issue of Mental Health

K-POP star singer Haesoo was found dead in her hotel room in South Korea at the age of 29.

Famous Korean Trot singer Haesoo passed away on 13th May, Korean news channel YTN News reported. According to reports she has committed suicide in her hotel room and police also recovered a suicide note from her room. The reason for suicide is still unknown but Haesoo’s death has led to much grief among her fans. Her fans took to social media and mourn her death. Haesoo’s death came less than a month after popular K-POP singer Moonbin died by suicide in April this year.

She was expected to perform at a Gwanjumyeon Peoples Day event in Wanju Gun, Jeollabuk-do on May 20. She was just 29 years old and people of the Korea were shocked by her early death. She made her debut in 2019 with the album My Life, Me. She became popular in South Korea as she has done various popular shows like The Trot Show, AM Plaza, and Gayo Stage during her short career life. This is not the first case of suicide in the world-famous South Korean K-POP industry.

The 25-years old Moonbin who was a member of Astro (a boy K-POP band) was found dead at his home in April this year. According to some reports he has committed suicide. His death has sparked controversy around the K-POP industry. Korean Actress Jung Chae-Yull was found dead in her home at the age of 26. In 2022 another Korean actress Yoo Joo-Eun was found dead in her home at the age of 27. In 2019 the famous K-POP singer Sulli committed suicide after struggling with bullying and hatred. She was just 25 years old. A month after Sulli’s death her friend another K-POP star Goo Hara was found dead at the age of 28 years.

South Korea was designated as the suicide capital of the world last year as South Korea has the highest suicide rate among developed nations. What led these young celebrities to commit suicide despite a lot of fame and success? What is the reason behind this growing trend of suicide in the South Korean entertainment industry? These questions have been raising concerns about the rooted and persistent problem in the K-POP industry in particular and the entertainment industry in general in South Korea.

The reason behind this string of deaths in the K-POP industry-

The death of singer Haesoo has raised a very issue of mental health and trauma that K-POP celebrities face at such an early age. South Korean entertainment industry in general and the K-POP industry, in particular, has a very competitive culture. To become a K-POP star in Korea children and young teens have to work regressively and to reach the top they have to undergo rigorous and very hard training. And they also have to compete with already famous stars in the industry.

When it comes to the K-POP industry specifically only the best product can make their way to the top, and the chances of selection for youngsters and children are very dismal in this industry. According to some reports among 700 children who turn up for the audition, only one gets selected and the rest of them gets rejected. This tough competition is evidence of the mental and physical pressure that these youngsters have to face throughout their careers.

As entertainment is the most favored choice in South Korea among youngsters. According to a 2021 survey of the education ministry “actors, models, and singers were among the top ten dream job for primary school children in South Korea. These dream career choices come with a heavy mental and emotional burden as mostly during grueling training they will lose connection with their family, and friends.

Competition is one problem, another is bullying and hatred. During their successful career, most of the star has to face this. The death of famous K-POP star Sulli was the result of the massive bullying she faced online. They have to maintain proper body shape and figure as per the demand of the industry which may lead to deterioration of their physical health. This demand for looks in a certain way has been a very big issue in this K-POP industry.

So, to avoid this happening government should bring cultural changes and changes on a policy level. Government should allocate a necessary budget for mental health. And people should become more compassionate toward these celebrities. It’s also necessary for these celebrities to openly talk about mental health issues to make common people and their fans aware of this issue.

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