Although the subject continues to be taboo in South Korea, these idols have not hesitated to promote the care of the general well-being of the people.
The state of mental health in South Korea and the demands of what it means to be an idol in that country mean that the subject continues to be taboo in K-pop . However, more and more artists in the field are breaking free from these obstacles and speaking publicly about their internal battles .
On World Mental Health Day 2021, we remember those famous Koreans who have advocated – in words or actions – for the importance of caring for the general well-being.
Mental health in South Korea
Optimal development of the economic and technological sector does not guarantee the general welfare of citizens and South Korea is a clear example of this. According to experts, by 2019 the Asian territory had almost two decades showing the highest suicide rate among the developed countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
But, what is the reason for the problem of suicide and, in general, of mental health in that part of the world? Specialists point to social issues: in the home country of Hallyu, psychological illnesses are not considered serious problems, but rather signs of weakness or synonyms; therefore, dealing with them is not a pressing issue for all citizens.
Idols open up about mental health
The mental health issue in South Korea is no stranger to celebrities like K-pop artists . If you are a fan of this category, you will know that several idols are part of the unfortunate statistics of suicide .
Against the background, it has become common for idols, regardless of the additional weight that such a title implies and the public gaze, to advocate for the care of the general well-being and / or share their experiences in their own flesh.
The members of BTS, in particular Suga and RM , are some of the main champions of the promotion of awareness of general well-being, and they have demonstrated this in actions, such as with their collaboration with entities at the UN level and its music.
“Anxiety and loneliness seem to be with me for life. I put a lot of meaning on how I should solve it, but it seems like I have to work on it my whole life, ”the acclaimed Min Yoongi was honest in an interview with Yonhap News.
Other K-pop idols, such as members of the acclaimed groups TWICE and MONSTA X , have come to completely halt their careers to focus on their battle against the disorder Suga cited.
If we talk specifically about the artist of the Starship boyband, Joohoney , he temporarily left his team to treat anxiety and, upon his return, he captured his struggle and how he managed to recover in “Smoky” from his PSYCHE mixtape .
K-pop Playlist on World Mental Health Day
Continuing with K-pop music that talks about mental health , in addition to Joohoney’s “Smooky” there are numerous songs that have this theme as their central axis. Here we replicate a list.