But seriously, this is really sad news. There are a lot of Westerners here put under
pressure without the support network that they might can rely upon back
home. It's a pity that admitting any kind of mental illness is so stigmatised here and has essentially been made illegal with the introduction the health declaration for E2 Visa applications. Regardless, can anyone suggest a reputable and confidential counseling service for anyone going through a rough patch?
Excellent post, Ticklechicken!
I'm also in favor of the expat community pulling together to dig up information about a possible counseling service or English speaking psychologist.
I also tried to find more about it as well. I'd like to know more. I was told about it, but never saw the article. I checked on The Korea Times and The Korean Herald, but I didn't see ANYTHING about it. All I saw was about the woman with huge breasts who tried to kill herself, but that isnt it.
@ticklechicken..try this link above. if it doesn't work, try www.harpo.ca. he was based in seoul, but could be useful to contact.
as for the press, well i'm not surprised. helenree hinted at this incident linked in the thread on the chosun ilbo korean site; whilst going off on everyone about the dipstick on the subway and his bum remark.
busanhaps aka bobby mcgill had posted a querry looking for information on facebook, the following day of the incident.
that said in watching the malay news channels, no news seems to go unoticed with ample anchors in bahasa malayu, english and mandarin or cantonese(s'cuse my unfamiliarity on which is which) from reports of iranians being busted for drugs, indonesian purse snatchers getting mowed down by victim and her car, and politicians under scrutiny for sodomy charges.
its really nice to be in a climate that doesn't cover stuff up or just flat out ignore it.
to all you who remain on the ROK, give this poor busanites story the coverage it deserves, more so than some tool and his terrible pickup line.
lol, personally I'm fine. Although that Seoul counsellor seems a bit dodgy charging 70,000 an hour via webcam. And I'm not sure if I would trust someone who sits in their office wearing low cut uggs and with a suit.
Anyway, I would really like some details to come out so that we know he wasn't either pushed to the limit by an abusive hagwon, or something traumatic happened to him when he was detained by immigration. I'm sure his hagwon is doing its best to keep everything as quiet as possible, so if he was the only foreign teacher there, we're unlikely to be able to get any info.
Back to the issue of general social support for Westerners, if anyone has a background in counseling they're probably in the best position to volunteer their efforts. That failing, I guess if you're feeling down its a good idea to meet people by joining a club or doing some volunteer work. Unfortunately, foreigner bars seem to provide the main sense of community, but they tend to be brimming with wanton knobheads.
Don’t knock the UGG slippers. They’re very warm on a cold hardwood floor. :-)
Seriously though, two people apparently committing suicide in one week is a real tragedy, and is an indictment that those of us working in the Mental Health field are not doing our jobs to the best of our abilities. People’s needs are not being met and I am sorry about that. There is definite room for growth.
One note of clarification that I would like to make in regard to counseling is that the first 30 min. of the Assessment Session is free. In addition, there is a sliding scale for those who do not have Full-time employment. Many people have been helped via web-cam counseling on SKYPE, etc. If anyone would want for me to travel to Busan and meet with them on the weekend, that can also be arranged.
But to answer your original question, here is a list of counselors (mostly in the Seoul area.) If any of you could recommend good counselors that are down in Busan, I would be more than happy to add them to my list.
Counselors, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, in the Seoul Area
Yvon Malenfant, M.Div. (Canadian)
Noreen Jaden, M.SC. (Canadian)
Eunice (Eun Young) Ra, L.C.S.W.
Young Pak, M.MFT., LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AR, USA)
Steve Sangkwon Shim, Ph.D. A.P.C. Diplomate
Morrison Lee, (Australian)
Erica Kim, M.A.
Holly Hay, MA in Counseling (American)
Rev. Prince Charles Oteng-Boateng, (M.Div., Th.M., LPC)
Dr. Kim, Soo-young, (aka. Mike) M.D.
Dr. Loo, M.D.
Dr. Jinseng Park, M.D., PhD.
Dr. David Hong, M.D.
Lisa Laba-Sarkis B.SocSc B.SW MAASW
If any of you are aware of counselors (Korean or English speaking) that you would like to recommend who are residing in Korea. Please contact Yvon at harpoinseoul(at)yahoo(dot)ca thank you.
Make the best use of what's in your power; take the rest as it comes.
The thing that upsets people is not what happens; but what they think it means.
Epictetus (55 - 135 C.E.)
Terrible way to go.
Yes, an anonymous western mindset Busan-based counselor would help the expat community here as it can get rough for some - culture shock and dealing with uncontrollable kids/chaotic businesses at times.
Is anyone familiar with any good English speaking therapists in Busan?
BTW. I do web-cam counseling out of Seoul. If any of you want to give it a go, the first 30 min. are free.
All the best!
Here is a link to an updated list of counselors counsellors therapists psychiatrists in Seoul:http://www.harpo.ca/counsel.html
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