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In Seoul, Preventing Suicide by Simulating Death

May 06, 2016 | 682 videos
Video by MEL Films

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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