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Celebrity suicide prompts calls for Korean mental healthcare overhaul

Celebrity suicide prompts calls for Korean mental healthcare overhaul

Updated 9 January 2013, 22:49 AEST

Korea holds the unfortunate record of the highest rate of suicide in the developed world.

It's now the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40, and rates continue to rise.

The issue was back in the news this week, after a former baseball player was found dead at his girlfriend's house - a tragedy that's been followed by reports of at least eight copycat suicides. Mental health experts say Korea to rethink its entire approach to mental health care.

Presenter: James Oaten

Speakers: Professor Paul Yip, director, Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Hong Kong; Dr Roald Maliangkay, Australian National University; Dr Park Young-ki, Korea Suicide Prevention Centre

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