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S. Korea to bolster mental health support for people impacted by COVID-19
Updated: 2021-01-14 13:01:49 KST
The South Korean government is going to start providing more support, including treatment, for people experiencing symptoms of depression because of the pandemic, including those who are in self-isolation.
Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Thursday that it's going to draw up a comprehensive plan to help people improve their mental health, noting the recent data showing that one in four South Koreans have at some time in their lives experienced depression or anxiety.
Chung said there needs to be a change in the policy paradigm to increase the state's responsibility for providing treatment and other help.
The state, he said, is going to gradually raise its budget for mental health from 1.6 percent of all healthcare spending to five percent as recommended by the World Health Organization.
Reporter : kimmj@arirang.com