In Seoul, Preventing Suicide by Simulating Death
May 06, 2016
A new generation of Koreans—in a nation where it’s considered shameful to talk about things like depression—are seeking unorthodox approaches to mental health issues. In this short documentary by MEL films, Kill Me, Heal Me, we meet Taiyun Kim, who frequents places like the Hyowon Healing Center, which takes groups of 30 or more individuals and has them imagine their own deaths. Activities include planning your own funeral, saying goodbye to your loved ones, and finally, closing the lid on your individual coffin. “While inside [the coffin], reflect upon your past,” the instructor says. “Leave the sad, hurtful, and unpleasant memories behind.” To see more work from MEL, visit their website and Vimeo page.
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