The widely publicised deaths of young Korean celebrities in the past two months have put the spotlight on suicide and mental health and the stigma surrounding these issues.
It is not just in South Korea, but also in Singapore and elsewhere that taboos about mental illness continue to prevent many people from seeking help.
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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2019, with the headline Ready to listen about mental health: Stigma prevents struggling individuals from seeking help. Subscribe