Korean youth in elevator before jumping off rooftop of apartment in Daegu
Partial but significant solution
South Korea is a design and packaging culture. Underlying all that is a deep appreciation for and sense of music. The world was recently taken by the K-storm with Psy's Gangnam Style. Now, here is Korean imagination and design sense that brings in a life-saving innovation in an attempt to address the problem of the country's high suicide rate.
Mapo Bridge in Seoul is one of the main jumping-off points that many suiciders choose to end their lives. To solve the problem, LED lights were used to raise the level of the guard rail. Furthermore, as a person walks along beside the rail, messages and images of reassurance light up and are displayed.
As well, they installed a bronze sculpture of one man pinching the cheek of a younger wanna-life-ender.
Check out this video by the sponsor, Samsung Life Insurance (with English subtitles). According to the report at ExpressIndia, "South Korea has the highest suicide rate among members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with an average of 33.5 people per 100,000 taking their lives in 2010, far higher than Hungary (23.3) and Japan (21.2) which ranked second and third."
Seoul government plans to install the system on the other bridges that span the Han River.
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