Press Release: Contact: Rachel Bailey, Communications Officer
ATEK Responds to Recent Death of “Teacher K” in Busan
Busan, South Korea – February 21, 2011 – As reported earlier this week on Chosun.com, an American English teacher based in Busan, identified in the report at Teacher K, fell to his death from the 14th floor of his apartment building on February 19, 2011. The teacher had apparently been absent from his hagwon for some time prior to the incident, and, while it’s not explicitly clear that his death was a suicide, it does appear that alcohol abuse contributed to his death.
We at ATEK are deeply saddened to hear of Teacher K’s death. We recognize that life abroad can cause stress and alienation that sometimes result in tragedies like this, but members of the English-teaching community should know that there are systems in place to help them in times of need. ATEK has local emergency needs officers in both Gangwon and Gyeonggi as well as a president and vice president whose doors are always open to those suffering from substance abuse or severe mental distress. We stand ready to offer support and assistance in finding appropriate treatment programs and counseling for anyone who needs it, whether or not they are part of our membership. Any English teachers who are in need of help can visit atek.or.kr/emergency for information on how to get it or email our emergency needs officers at the addresses listed below.
We would also like to take this opportunity to invite anyone interested in assisting members of the English teaching community in need of assistance finding counseling or treatment for substance abuse or mental health issues to join our Emergency Needs Committee. Please email email@example.com for more information about how to join.
Gangwon Emergency Needs – Caroline Barsellotti – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gyeonggi Emergency Needs – John Fojut – email@example.com
ATEK President JaeHee Oh – firstname.lastname@example.org
ATEK Vice President Adrian Lake – email@example.com
I'd like to add a few other links to free counseling services in Korea:
KoreaBridge has this web discussion about counseling in Korea.
The excellent website Korea4Expats also has these directories where you can connect with communities also counseling groups, and hospitals or doctors.
Don't try to go it alone, folks. There ARE people who want to listen.
If anybody knows of other sources and services, please please add them to the comments. Moderation is on because of the previous post, but they'll show up as soon as I can.
International Counseling Hotlines
http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/south-korea-suicide-hotlines.html - south Korea suicide hotlines - can't say which have English service.
Google search for "International Suicide Hotline"