Foreigner Suicide in Millak

was wondering if anyone has been able to find an english news article about this. read it on the front page of naver on sunday, but can't find any info in english about what happened. allegedly, a man in millak-dong jumped from his apartment building after being arrested days before after a disturbance at gimhae airport. very sad news. if anyone finds an english article....could you post up the link?

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I've only heard translated reports from the Korean press, but there seems to be a fair bit of speculation based on things which could be irrelevant. For example, there were empty soju bottles found in his apartment, so there are people suggesting he might have been an alcoholic. In reality, those could have had other legitimate uses like removing paint or cleaning blocked drains.

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?

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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.

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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.

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Just caught the end of the article on Busan e-FM. Apparently he had been been detained at Kimhae airport by the police some days (maybe weeks) previously and was released into the care of someone from his hagwon. 

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@ticklechicken..try this link above. if it doesn't work, try 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.

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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.


Hey ticklechicken,

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)

    Inter-faith pastoral counselor
    Individual and Korean-Western (Intercultural) Couples Counseling
    Close to Grand Hyatt Hotel Itaewon & Noksapyeong Stations Line #6
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 02-335-3633 / 010-6268-1063

Noreen Jaden, M.SC. (Canadian)

    Registered Psychologist (AB, Canada) CEO of Adaptable Human Solutions
    English- and Korean-speaking therapists available for children and adults
    Worldmark Tower at Samgakji Station (exit 10) Yongsan-Gu, Seoul
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 02-749-7915

Eunice (Eun Young) Ra, L.C.S.W.

    Bilingual psychotherapist (English and Korean)
    Associate therapist & Multi-culture consultant
    Certified sandplay practitioner and a member of Sandplay therapists of America.
    Adaptable Human Solutions, Samgakji Station (exit 10)
    102-1404 World Mark Tower, 64 Hangang-Ro 1Ga, Yong San -Gu, Seoul 140-100
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 02-749-7915 / 010-3878-7683

Young Pak, M.MFT., LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AR, USA)

    Systems Therapist / Cross-cultural Trainer
    "Enriching Life | Advancing Business"
    Adaptable Human Solutions, Samgakji Station (exit 10)
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 02-749-7915 / 010-8849-9467

Steve Sangkwon Shim, Ph.D. A.P.C. Diplomate

Morrison Lee, (Australian)

    Personal counsellor
    Itaewon Station Up Kyungleedan near to the Hyatt Hotel
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 010-6376-3965.

Erica Kim, M.A.

    Director of English Counseling Services
    Family Counseling Center (FCC), Korea
    Rm 1003, Bdg 103, Yongsan Park Tower
    24, Yongsan 5 Ga, Yongsan Gu,
    Seoul, SOUTH KOREA (140-030)
    Line #4, Icheon Station Exit # 3-1. Walk 80 meters.
    (서울시 용산구 용산 5가 24번지 용산파크타워 103동 1003호)
    Email: [email protected] Phone: 02-2-790-5910 (English) / 02-2285-5915 (Korean)
    Fax: 02-525-0618

Holly Hay, MA in Counseling (American)

    Daejeon City,
    Meditation Addictions Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Eating Disorders Couples counseling.
    Anger management Depression Intercultural counseling.
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 010-5808-0306

Rev. Prince Charles Oteng-Boateng, (M.Div., Th.M., LPC)

    A Christian counselor in Seoul.
    Hapcheong-Station. Line #2 & #6. Hapcheong



Carlos Pavao

    (ABNLP and ABH Certified)
    CYRNcoaching and consulting
    Offering Personal, Group, and Corporate Coaching/Consulting
    The first 30 mins are free for PersonalCoaching/Consulting
    I am also on facebook under CYRNcoaching.
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 010-5036-4421

Bob Taylor

    LifeSuccess Consultant certified through Bob Proctor
    Founder of One Amazing Life
    Specializes in Personal and Corporate Coaching, Seminars, and Workshops.
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 010-8968-6293


Psychiatrists in the Seoul Area

Dr. Kim, Soo-young, (aka. Mike) M.D.

Dr. Loo, M.D.

Dr. Jinseng Park, M.D., PhD.

    Psychiatry, Psychotherapy
    Seollung Station Line # 2 (5 min.)
    Phone: 02-563-0609
    Email:[email protected]

Dr. David Hong, M.D.


Web-cam Counselors

Lisa Laba-Sarkis B.SocSc B.SW MAASW

    Power of Mind - Private Online Counselling
    Power of Mind offers a private, secure and confidential counselling through the use of an instant messenger program, that can be accessed online at home, in the workplace or anywhere in particular the client would like to access the internet.
    ABN: 45 122 544 090

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.



anyone hear about another foreginer who laid down in front of a train yesterday? heard he was a canadian. happened in haeundae.  my korean wife mentioned this to me yesterday. sad news!


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.

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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!