Join us in raising awareness of self-injurious behavior in Korean adolescents

Join us in raising awareness of self-injurious behavior in Korean adolescents

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Yoojin Seo started this petition to Parents and

Hello, we are ordinary teenagers from South Korea, asking for support of our mental health campaign. We're writing this petition because we want to address a problem that is prevalent in our society but underrepresented: South Korean teens’ self-injurious behavior. For 10 years, suicide has been the prime cause of death for Korean teens. Moreover, at least 70,000 Korean teenagers have experience of self-harming. Self-harm in teens is a disastrous psychological phenomenon in South Korea and reveals the social unrest that has existed for a long time.

Although it is clear that something needs to be done, the policies of the South Korean government are thoroughly unpractical. Lack of budget discouraged attempts to improve current conditions. Ostensibly, 'Wee class', a Korean policy which aimed to promote mental health in schools, is considered a success. But as insiders, we can tell that 'Wee class' was ineffective and disappointing, and quite often this policy backfired. Many teenagers report that their secrets were not kept, and there was no support they've expected from a trustworthy adult.

As an attempt to raise awareness and understanding, we're planning a campaign. This campaign will be held at the Gwanghwamun Gate, South Korea on February 8, 2019. On the day, we will make a big hand structure and paint it red. This structure will be the symbol of self-harm. Then people, who want to show their support, will cover the hand with band-aids.

We have three goals. We want to change the negative social awareness toward self-harming individuals. We also want to let people know that if you're self-harming, it's okay to ask for help. And finally, by this campaign, we want to encourage people to care about these issues and help others near them.

Thank you for your interest and participation.

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