Mental Health

Suicide grows among South Korea's elderly

Every year, there are about 16,000 suicides in South Korea – nearly 44 per day, on average – placing the East Asian country second in the world for suicide rates.

But as reported by the New York Times, it was one suicide in August of last year that made headlines across this country of 50 million people, when a 78 year-old woman drank pesticide in front of city hall to protest the government’s austerity measures which meant a stoppage of welfare checks.